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Worth Reading

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

A partnership between the library, Fort Worth ISD 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 May 1 – August 31, 2014.

 

How to Participate

  • Pick up an Activity Card at any partner location – including all Fort Worth libraries – or download a copy.
  • Each time you complete one or more activities, have your card stamped at any partner location. 
  • The first time you complete at least five different activities, take your Card to a partner location to receive a prize. Prizes are awarded until supplies run out. In addition to a certificate of completion:
    • Adults receive a Worth Reading tote bag or button.
    • Teens receive a Teen Scene USB bracelet. 
    • Children under 12 years old receive a pencil and voucher for admission to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. (Children are awarded prizes for each card submitted, not just the first.)
  • Each completed Card (five activities) serves as an entry in the grand-prize drawing, so continue submitting completed Cards at any partner location.

Upcoming Events

3rd Thursday Jazz Series

3rd Thursday Jazz Series

Take a musical journey from the early 20th-century roots of jazz to the diverse sounds of today. The series features a dynamic lineup of local and internationally touring artists. (All Ages)

Adult Book Clubs

Adult Book Clubs

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

Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s Sunset Cinema

Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s Sunset Cinema

Pack a picnic, grab some friends and watch a favorite film on the museum’s lawn. Come early for a special tour of the museum. (All Ages)

Animated Superhero Movie Series

Animated Superhero Movie Series

Are you a fan of DC or Marvel comics? Who would win if super sorcerer Doctor Strange went up against the Dark Knight? Spend a late Saturday afternoon checking out these fastpaced, action-packed tales based on storylines from comics and graphic novels. (Teen)

Art in the Dark

Art in the Dark

Experience the museum at night with art making, tours, music, films and interactive demonstrations inspired by the exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist. (All Ages)

Art of Story – Children's Workshop

Art of Story – Children's Workshop

Explore the American West at the Sid Richardson Museum. Tour the gallery to learn how paintings tell stories and inspire, and discuss character, setting and action. Participants will create their own story setting by painting an acrylic landscape. Registration Required (Ages 5 - 12)

Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series

Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series

The Fort Worth Genealogical Society presents classes on how to conduct professional level genealogical research. (Adult)

Book Hunt Competition

Book Hunt Competition

Form a team to compete against other teams by answering questions about popular and award-winning books. Learn to use common tools, such as an online catalog, index and table of contents to conduct basic research. Winning team members receive gift cards and are invited to the system-wide playoff. (Ages 9 – 12)

Branch Ancestry: Beginning Genealogy and Your Family Tree

Branch Ancestry: Beginning Genealogy and Your Family Tree

Family histories are often mysterious. Join us for these classes that teach how to begin your research, find ancestor information, record the information and use the library’s resources. (Adult)

Camera Minicamp

Camera Minicamp

Want to take great pictures with your digital single-lens reflex camera (SLR)? This hands-on, three-day course covers the basics of taking quality photos and special techniques for improving your photography. Bring your camera and charged batteries. Registration Required (Ages 13 - 18).

Childcare Classes for Teens

Childcare Classes for Teens

Designed for teens who care for or are interested in working with children, this course covers basic nutrition, exercise routines, safety, and how to plan educational and entertaining activities. After attending all the sessions at one location, participants receive a childcare-training certificate. (Teen)

Computer Literacy Classes

Computer Literacy Classes

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

Count Me In: Math Skills

Count Me In: Math Skills

Ready … set … add! Participate in fun activities and games designed to reinforce math skills. Prizes awarded and a Math Champion of the Day named at each program. (Ages 5 – 12)

Didgeridoo Down Under

Didgeridoo Down Under

High energy Australia-themed show combining music, science, comedy, reading and audience participation. Learn about the Aussie culture, animals and more. (All ages)

Dining Dynamics

Dining Dynamics

Does your dining etiquette consist of closing the pizza box until you’re ready for another slice? Learn the proper way to pass your plate, hold your fork and address your host. Manners and dining skills can go a long way toward getting that job promotion or second date. (Teen)

Engineering FUNdamentals

Engineering FUNdamentals

Let your imagination run wild with more than 100,000 LEGOs! Build engineer designed projects, such as motorized cars and planes, with the help of Play-Well instructors. Registration is required. (Ages 8 - 12)

Family Movies

Family Movies

Families are invited to bring a blanket and enjoy a free feature length movie. (Ages 5 and up)

First Sunday Film Club

First Sunday Film Club

The First Sunday Film Series showcases the library’s extensive collection of films. We present award-winning movies from a wide range of genres. So get out of the house and join us the first Sunday of each month for an afternoon of film the way it was intended to be experienced — on a big screen. (Adult)

Game On: The Ultimate Gamer

Game On: The Ultimate Gamer

Will you be the ultimate gamer? Bring your a-game and take on the challengers. Pick your favorite game and enter the winner’s circle. The road to victory begins now. (Teen)

Genealogy Computer Users Group

Genealogy Computer Users Group

The Fort Worth Genealogical Society presents classes on how to conduct professional level genealogical research. (Adult)

Get Ready for the Movie

Get Ready for the Movie

Looking forward to the new summer releases? Is your favorite book being made into a movie? Each month we offer activities, games, crafts and discussions designed to inform, excite and prepare you to enjoy a different film. (Teen)

Homegrown Books Series

Homegrown Books Series

Author Bob Reed discusses his book, Red-Winged Blackbird, and the struggles and triumphs of writing. Discussion and dramatic reading followed by Q&A, book sale and signing. (Adult)

Homeschoolers Activity Day @ the Library

Homeschoolers Activity Day @ the Library

These programs, designed specifically for homeschoolers, include arts, crafts, games, book discussions and special presentations. (Families)

International Geocaching Day Celebration

International Geocaching Day Celebration

What’s all the buzz about? Meet and mingle with people interested in geocaching. Share quest stories, pathtags, photos and the locations of the best area caches. (All Ages)

Lake Worth: 100 Years of Recreation Exhibit

Lake Worth: 100 Years of Recreation Exhibit

The City of Fort Worth built Lake Worth in 1914 as a destination for recreation and entertainment. The lake and its 100-year history are brought to life through a collection of photographs and historical documents. (All Ages)

Local Authors Roundup - Books for Children and Teens

Local Authors Roundup - Books for Children and Teens

Meet area authors as they read from their works and share their views on reading, the art of writing and trends in literature. Featured writers include Rachel Caine, Jan Peck, Kay Honeyman, Rebecca Behrens and Krissi Dallas. Book signing to follow & authors’ books will be for sale. (All ages)

Magic Is In the Air!

Magic Is In the Air!

Josh Ayala – aka Monkey the Magician – presents his exciting show, complete with animal performances, audience participation and dazzling displays of magic! (Ages 8 – 12)

Manners Matter Minicamp

Manners Matter Minicamp

Learn to present yourself with poise, flair and confidence to employers, friends and the world. Course covers communication, dining etiquette and dressing to impress. Mastering these skills will help you land that dream job. Registration Required. (Ages 13 - 18)

Paper Minicamp

Paper Minicamp

Learn how to make your own paper, create artwork projects using papier-mâché and put together a handmade journal. Registration required. (Ages 9 – 12)

People’s Lives: A Celebration of the Human Spirit Exhibit

People’s Lives: A Celebration of the Human Spirit Exhibit

Bill Wright’s exhibit features documentary photographs from his travels to unusual locations, photographing people in their native environments. (All Ages)

Puppet Pals Present

Puppet Pals Present

Interactive puppet show is designed to excite children and families about puppetry and reading. Have a colorful time exploring books, puppets and crafts. (Pre-K – 7)

Puppetry Minicamp

Puppetry Minicamp

Learn the history of puppetry; create shadow, string and stick puppets; develop a skit; and perform for an audience. Registration required. (Ages 9 – 12)

RadioShack: 1929 – 2003 Exhibit

RadioShack: 1929 – 2003 Exhibit

RadioShack has been a technological innovator for more than 90 years. Learn about the company’s history through photographs, corporate documents, scrapbooks and other items of interest. (All Ages)

Raising Children Tool Kit

Raising Children Tool Kit

Do your children have trouble getting along? Does the back-to-school season stress you out? The Parenting Center offers practical advice on handling the challenges of raising children. (Adult)

Rockin’ Robotics

Rockin’ Robotics

This program is a great way to get hands-on technology and engineering experience by building, designing and programming a robot. You’ll learn to succeed but also that failure is part of the process for solving problems. (Ages 13 – 18)

Star Parties at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Star Parties at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Enjoy these free star parties. You’ll find plenty of telescopes for viewing and astronomy buffs to help you navigate your way through the skies. No equipment needed; just come gaze at the stars. (All Ages)

Storytime at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Storytime at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Swing into action during this Storytime filled with verbs! Children will learn about the Amon Carter's collection through stories, art exploration and art making. (Pre-K – 8 and Caregivers)

Tail Waggin’ Tutors – (Therapy Dogs International)

Tail Waggin’ Tutors – (Therapy Dogs International)

Children who might have difficulty reading, a speech impediment or just need practice reading aloud are invited to read one-on-one to trained dogs for 10 minutes at a time. (Ages 8 – 12)

Teen Time at the Fort Worth Library!

Teen Time at the Fort Worth Library!

If you’re looking for a place to hang out, unwind, play games, read or have a great time with friends, visit Teen Scene. (Teen)

Write Now: What’s Your Story?

Write Now: What’s Your Story?

Award-winning journalist and author Carmen Goldthwaite hosts these writing workshops. Learn how to write your story, creating works that family, friends and maybe even a publisher will want to read. All levels of writers are welcome. (Adult)

ZUMBA - Family Style!

ZUMBA - Family Style!

What could be more fun than getting in shape while having a dance party? Beginners are welcome; no dancing skills required! (Ages 13 and up)

Become a Partner

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

Program Documents

Partner Locations

You can pick up and return your Activity Cards at these locations.

Prize Drawings

Check out the monthly & grand prize winners.


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