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 May 1 – Aug. 31, 2018.

Activity Cards: In an effort to emphasize the importance of reading and learning during the summer months, we will offer the 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

#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)

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)

Animals Rock with Lucas Miller

Learn about animals from around the world with Lucas Miller, the 'singing zoologist'. Using multimedia to blend music, puppets, and humor, Miller reveals the secrets to cheetahs’ speed, the amazing migrations of monarch butterflies, the importance of wetlands and much, much more! (Ages 6 - 12)

Blackout Poetry

Blackout poetry is a fun way to mix visual art and poetry to enhance a poem’s meaning. Using pages from existing works, sharpies and their own creativity, participants will get to create their own poetry and art. From silly to serious, anything goes when discovering the process of blackout poetry! (Ages 6 - 17)

Computer Literacy Classes

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

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)

Eric Carle’s Birthday

Help us celebrate the unique art style of Eric Carle, who will be 88 on June 25. His collage illustrations, using painted crepe paper, allow children to create wonderful illustrations and stories. Wear your painting clothes and join in our celebration. (Ages 6 - 12)

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 Inc. Literacy Camp

This four-day program uses storytelling, poetry, songs and hands-on materials to expand the reading and language skills of young girls. Registration required. (Girls Ages 8 – 11)

Girls Inc.: Art Camp

This four-day program will introduce the participants to art history and prominent female artists throughout history. Registration Required. (Girls Ages 8 - 11)

Homeschool Activity Days at the Library

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

Maricela and Friends: Bilingual Musical Puppet Show

Maricela’s bilingual shows encourage good morals, love, friendship, respect, health, obedience, excellence, and self-esteem. Her powerful combination of entertaining and teaching makes any ordinary event extraordinary and fun. She has written songs for every occasion and her friends – the puppets – are almost REAL! (Ages 6 - 12)

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 Noble Planetarium: Bringing the Universe to you!

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History brings its Mobile Noble Planetarium to the library. Planetarium staff will interact with families to provide 3 entertaining and educational shows. Travel through space and unleash your family’s imagination! (Click for Age Information)

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)

Name that Character

How quickly can you guess the name of characters from children’s books? Come and play along as contestants answer questions about fan favorites from both classic and modern children’s literature. It’s fun for the whole family! (Families)

Ozobots: Stories on the Move

Technology, creativity, and art combine to produce a unique storytelling experience. Ozobot robots are coded to follow colored paths that tell the story YOU create. Your imagination is the only limit; no previous coding experience is needed. (Ages 6 - 17)

People’s Art Collaborative: Let’s Talk Race and Identity. . . Through Art

At the People’s Art Collaborative, we learn, reflect, create and talk about issues that impact us, our communities and our world . . . and the language we use is art. Sometimes we discuss issues that are difficult or that we never knew existed . . . but the first step to understanding challenge and conflict is conversation. It is critical to commit to the full duration of the workshop to respect the process, artist and issue being discussed. Registration Required. (Adults & Teens)

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)

Preschool Sign and Speak

This highly interactive workshop is jumping with fun learning for toddlers and preschoolers alike! Learn American Sign Language while singing, dancing and helping stories come alive. (Ages 2-5)

Project Transformation

Project Transformation’s summer day camp programs for elementary students focus on enriching the mind, body, and spirit. We place a unique focus on improving literacy and social-emotional development. Registration and Fees Required. (Ages 6 - 12)

Rejoice

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

Rocking Popping Parachutes

Let’s rock, pop and keep that parachute moving. Parachute play is a fun healthy way to build vocabulary, promote teamwork and social skills. Enjoy the music, games and stories at this fun filled program. (Families)

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)

Sensory Science: Galaxy Playdough!

Explore the scientific process through homemade play dough! Use all 5 senses and your creativity to make your very own play dough. Take the results and recipe home with you. Participants will be hands-on throughout the program so don’t wear your favorite outfit. Don’t worry, it’s ok to get messy in the library! (Ages 6 - 12)

Sensory Science: Rainbow Milk Art!

Let’s get messy, excited and creative! Learn how to make beautiful abstract designs with simple kitchen ingredients! Release your inner artist and use scientific properties to create your own original art with milk, food coloring, and dish soap. (Ages 6 - 12)

Sensory Science: Salt Sparkle Watercolor!

What’s better than visiting the ocean this summer? Using salt and water to create your very own beach scene through wax resist art! All it takes is knowledge, a little salt, some crayons and watercolor paint. Use your scientific observation skills to understand how the process works and how to use it. (Ages 6 - 12)

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)

Stop Motion Animation

Record a video frame by frame to create your own improvisational animated sequence. Use materials in the library to build your characters and design your set, or bring your favorite props from home! (Ages 6 - 17)

TECH Truck

The TECH Truck is a mobile extension of the Perot Museum that travels throughout North and Central Texas. The goal of the TECH Truck is to engage youth and teens in hands-on, maker-based science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) experiences that foster creativity and confidence. Explore high and low tech with hands-on projects intended to inspire everyone to Tinker, Engineer, Create and Hack. (Ages 6 - 17 and Families)

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)

The Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker Trail Exhibit

This exhibit seeks to educate the public about Comanche heritage through presenting the dramatic story of Quanah Parker and his mother Cynthia Ann through a series of photos. (All Ages)

UNT Health Science Center Presents: Oh! What’s on My Plate?

If you are a picky eater or food lover, come learn about balanced nutrition. You will learn about making healthy food choices by reading 'Gregory, the Terrible Eater' and 'Good Enough to Eat'. (Ages Birth - 12 and Families)

Water, Music, Vibrations

Discover how sounds change during a hands-on experiment with liquids. Hear the pitches that come from vibrations while you learn about sound waves and frequencies. Everyone will have a chance to tap the notes to 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'. (Ages 6 - 12 and Families)

Write Out!

Learn how to expand your creative writing. Through poems, stories, journaling, or more, get tips and tricks to better express yourself. (Ages 6 - 17)

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.