Worth Reading (#wr365) aims to get everyone in Fort Worth reading, learning and having fun – all year long.

A partnership between the library and other community organizations, Worth Reading expands and enhances the traditional summer reading program, offering activities and programs at locations throughout the Metroplex.

The program is divided into four-month chapters, each with its own activities and prizes. The current chapter runs Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018.

Schedule

#smallisBIG: 50 Years of Early Childhood Education Exhibit

For communities wanting to sustain a strong workforce and economy, one of their best investments is early learning. The exhibit promotes support for high-quality early childhood education for all children from birth through elementary and provides a look into early childhood education in Tarrant County. (All Ages)

Adult Book Clubs

Join one of our lively book discussion groups and share your love of reading with others! (Adult)

Adult Classes

The library offers a variety of classes to improve language skills, connect with other Fort Worth residents or study for the GED. (Adults)

Ancestry-In-Action: Publishing a Family History

Genealogist Pat Gordon presents this full-day workshop on publishing a family history. Gordon discusses how to get started and bring ancestors to life as well as the layout and design of your final product. Writing topics include the types of family histories, citation, documentation and copyright. Design considerations include master pages, headers, footers, paragraph style, fonts, photos, cutlines and a primer to publishing your final product. (Adults)

Animals Around the World

Travel the world through the eyes, ears and noses of animals from around the world. Learn about the continents and habitats of these animals and how they have adapted to environmental conditions all over the globe.

Arts on the Go: Art History

Using the viewing and making of art, participants come to realize that art does not exist in isolation but is always situated within multiple dimensions including time, space, cultures and history. During the workshop, families are encouraged to engage with masterpieces in a new way and question what they see. Registration Required. (Ages 6 - 17)

Center for Texas Studies at TCU: Community History Workshops

Join us for a series of hands-on public workshops designed to increase the community’s historical awareness and teach participants that every person can contribute to preserving the history and culture of North Texas. (Adult)

Computer Literacy Classes

Learn the fundamentals of email, Web surfing, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. (Adult)

EV3 Robotics

Discover the thrill of building a robot and bringing it to life. Following step-by-step instructions, you can create robots that use motors as well as color, gyro, ultrasonic and touch sensors to complete a variety of tasks. (Ages 10 - 17)

Early Childhood Matters

It’s no secret that active parents have a huge impact on a child’s readiness to succeed in school. But what can a parent do to help their child succeed? Discover techniques to boost your child’s future success in school and beyond. (Families)

Early Tarrant County History (1840 - 1900)

Tarrant County has a rich and significant history and this exhibit provides an overview of the early history of the county developed by members of the Tarrant County Historical Commission through a grant from the Fash Foundation. The goal of the exhibit is to encourage efforts to preserve that heritage. (All Ages)

Families Reading Together

This FREE five week program promotes a love of reading and family quality time while enhancing reading comprehension and early learning skills. (Families)

Family Movie Fun

Families are invited to bring a blanket and enjoy a free feature length movie. Adults must be accompanied by a child. (Families)

Fast Track to Reading Story Time

Take the driver’s seat in this special story time dedicated to reading and racing! Meet us in the Speedway Charities’ Fast Track to Reading area for stories that celebrate sportsmanship, perseverance, technology and teamwork. (Birth - 5)

Fort Worth Genealogical Society Lectures

This series of educational and enjoyable lectures about genealogy and history is for beginning and experienced researchers for the purpose of promoting interest in exploring family histories. (Adult)

GERMS: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes

Have you ever wondered what makes us get sick or why our stomach growls? It’s because of tiny microscopic organisms called germs! Join us as we follow Sam the Salmonella as he tells us all about these tiny microbes in the story Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes. We will also learn how to wash our hands, look through microscopes, and create our own giant germ! (Ages 6 - 12)

Grace and Grit

Focusing on inspiring a sense of empowerment in young girls, each session highlights a notable female from history to teach overcoming fears, growing more confident and learning essential life skills. (Ages 10 - 17)

Homeschool Activity Days at the Library

Designed for families, these programs include book discussions, presentations, crafts and games. (Families)

Hour of Code

Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities. (Ages 6 - 17)

International Drumming Month: Drum Circles and Drumlines

Because of Peru Indian cave drawings, scientists believe drumming started as early as 6000 BC. Almost everyone instinctively feels and beats out drum rhythms. Come celebrate the drummer in you by participating in International Drumming Month at the library with performances by local drum circles and drumlines. During these performances, you will get a hands-on opportunity to become a drummer. (Families)

Journey of a Water Drop

Spin your way through the water cycle while collecting beads for a bookmark or bracelet. This game reinforces water cycle vocabulary and science concepts. (Ages 6 - 12)

Locked in the Library: Zombie Apocalypse

You discover that Dr. Johnson has plans to unleash a deadly airborne virus that would turn anyone who comes into contact with it into a zombie. However, you also learn that the doctor has created an antidote that can reverse the symptoms. He plans to save it for himself. You have 45 minutes to find the antidote and save the world. (Families, Teens)

Look Who’s Wearing Underwear

During this silly story time, vegetables, polar bears and others wear underwear. Children will enjoy funny stories that demonstrate the dos and don’ts of underwear and model healthy habits. Great for children who are potty training! (Birth - 5)

Meditation Workshop

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a simple, natural yet powerful meditation system which through regular practice engenders a profound inner transformation that leads to peace, balance and well-being. (Adults)

Mobile Cat

As an extension of the Panther Lab at the Northwest Branch, we have introduced our new Mobile Cat makerspace carts to several branches throughout Fort Worth. They are designed for grades K - 12 but are available to anyone interested in exploring science, technology, engineering, and math. Stop by a branch and visit a Mobile Cat to use a 3D printer or to experiment with a robotics or electronics kit. (All Ages)

Movies That Matter

Join us for the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission's quarterly film series to raise awareness of human rights issues. (Adult)

Native American Heritage Month: Dream Catchers

Originally created by American Indians, dreamcatchers today come in a variety of different sizes and styles. They usually consist of a small wooden hoop covered in a net or web of natural fibers, with meaningful sacred items like feathers and beads attached, hanging down from the bottom of the hoop. Designed to protect children from bad dreams, come and make your own dreamcatcher and find how to use these sacred symbols. (Ages 6 - 12)

Panther Lab

Gather with others to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials at the Panther Lab makerspace. From 3D printers and robotics to iMacs and a green screen, this space opens endless possibilities to your imagination. The lab is designed for grades K - 12 but is available to anyone interested in exploring science, technology, engineering and math. Classes and studio times may vary. (All Ages)

Preschool STEAM Story Time

Join us for a STEAM story time that playfully introduces and explores concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Audiences will enjoy a wide variety of books and hands-on experiences that engage children’s natural curiosity and support their success in school. (Ages 3 - 5)

Shake, Rattle and Read!

Special story time series for lively children. If your child has always wanted to be loud in the library, then this is the right place. Explore sounds, movements, stories and rhymes – no shushing aloud! (Ages 2 – 5)

Tail Waggin’ Tutors – (Therapy Dogs International)

Children are invited to read one-on-one to trained therapy dogs for 10 minutes at a time. This program is designed for children who might have difficulty reading, a speech impediment or just need practice reading aloud. (For readers ages 6 - 16)

World War I

November 11, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war we know as World War I. From November to February, visit the library to see how war had lasting impact on the citizens and culture of North Texas. (Various Ages)

Worth Painting Exhibit

Fort Worth and Tarrant County are rich in history, scenery, culture and nature. Worth Painting is a show that draws its inspiration from this area. A group of artists have come together to showcase their work depicting a variety of subject that they considered 'Worth Painting'. (All Ages)

Yarn Lab: Handmade Gifts and Art

Create a handmade masterpiece out of yarn using a variety of tools and methods including weaving, crochet, and crafting. This make-and-take experience will allow creative expression for beginners and those with more experience. (Ages 6 - 12)

Yoga for Littles

This five-week program provides a gentle introduction into yoga for preschoolers and parents. You'll learn simple poses, breathing techniques and calming skills. Combined with early literacy activities, this class can be taken in individual class sessions or for the entire series. (Birth - 5)

Zoomeez

This exciting children’s music and movement program features awesome animal-themed rock-n-roll songs and fun-filled dances designed in line with State Standards for Physical Education (PreK - 1st grade). Created to fight the trend in childhood obesity, Zoomeez instructors lead children and engage parents through a program of super-fun dances, action-packed challenges, and entertaining animal trivia. (Birth - 12)

Become a Partner

Learn more about our partners and how your organization can be a part of Worth Reading.

Program Documents

The Fort Worth Library's mission is to welcome and support all people in their enjoyment of reading and recreational materials, and their pursuit of learning and information.