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 Jan. 1 – Apr. 30, 2018.

Activity Cards to be available only during the summer chapter. In an effort to emphasize the importance of reading and learning during the summer months, we will offer the 15-square activity cards only during the Summer Chapter of Worth Reading. Please know that we will continue to provide quality story times, programs, activities, classes, and workshops throughout the year, but will focus our participation campaign on the summer months.

Schedule

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

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)

Bam! Pow! Zoom! Create Your Own Graphic Novel

Graphic novels are exploding in popularity and for good reason! Graphic novels are great for reluctant readers and kids just learning to read. They can also positively impact children’s visual literacy skills, which are more important than ever in the digital age. Participants will look at examples of graphic novels and learn how to create their own! (Ages 6 - 12)

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)

Everything Old is News Again

One of the greatest historical resources in a city is its newspaper. The papers of a journalist provide insight into how the news is communicated, as well as the response of the public to what is printed in the paper. This exhibit documents the transformation of Jim Jones as a journalist — from student to columnist to special contributor. Jones wrote for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1957 - 2015. His archives collection illustrates the adage, 'everything old is new again,' as many of his articles cover the same societal issues that make headlines today.

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)

Genealogy Beginner Workshops

The Fort Worth Genealogical Society will teach you to research family histories like a professional. (Adult)

Genealogy Computer Users Group

Through hands-on instruction, the Fort Worth Genealogical Society will teach you how to conduct effective family research with the aid of information technologies and the Internet. (Adult)

Girls Who Code

The Girls Who Code curriculum is designed for students with a wide range of computer science experience. There will be activities for girls with zero computer science experience all the way up to activities that introduce college-level concepts. (Ages 11 - 17 - Class is full for Spring)

Homeschool Activity Days at the Library

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

How do dinosaurs . . . Como hace el dinosaurio

Welcome dinosaurs to the library and discover if they are like you. Listen to books from Jane Yolen’s How Do Dinosaurs series and learn how dinosaurs express their emotions and make good choices. Families will enjoy interactive read alouds, songs, crafts and a special visitor. (Ages Birth - 5)

Let’s Dance: Connecting the Dots

Dance is ever-evolving from the Charleston to the Dap. Audience members will experience dance from its humble beginnings to modern day moves and connect the dots on the evolution of dance. Join in the fun as we explore the root of the downbeat, how dance connects us, and practice a choreographed dance. (Ages 6 - 17)

Let’s Save the Earth!

Did you know you have an impact on your environment? Join us for this special story time where we meet Max the little monster who learns to reduce, reuse and recycle! We will also explore how choices we make affect our environmental health through activities and games.

Rejoice

Original works and prints from local artists Ken Carter and John Johnson explore different colors and mediums that shaped African-American culture.

School-Aged 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 6 - 10)

Society of Watercolor Artists Juried International Exhibition

For more than 30 years, the Society of Watercolor Artists has represented the finest in watercolor art. Based in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, this year’s international juried exhibition features works from around the world. (All Ages)

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)

WWII Citizen Soldiers of North Texas: 1941 - 1945

Thousands of men and women from North Texas traveled to the far corners of the globe to serve their country during WWII. Learn some of these stories of our citizen soldiers while viewing the rare and unique artifacts that accompanied them as they fought for freedom in Europe against the Nazis and in the Pacific against the Japanese. (All Ages)

Zumba®

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)

Zumba® Kids

Now kids have a chance to be active and jam out to their favorite music with these kid-friendly routines based on original Zumba® choreography. Dominique Lopez, a licensed Zumba® Kids instructor, breaks down the steps, and adds games, activities and cultural exploration elements into the class structure. (Ages 6 - 11)

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.