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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 three-month chapters, each with its own activities and prizes. The current chapter runs Feb. 1 – April 30, 2016.

How to Participate

  • Pick up an Activity Card at any Fort Worth Library location – 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 any Fort Worth Library location to receive a Certificate of Completion and an incentive, for example a voucher for admission to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Participants may submit only one Card per day.
  • Each completed Card (five activities) serves as an entry in the grand-prize drawing, so continue submitting completed Cards at any partner location. Each Fort Worth Library location will hold monthly drawings for unique prizes. Grand-prize drawings occur in September, and prizes will be awarded at the annual Celebration.

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)

Author Roundup

GET INSPIRED! Celebrate the diversity of local authors who have published books for children and teens. Chat with your favorites, get their autographs, and learn what inspires them. (All Ages)

Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series

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

Child Care Classes – For Teens

Earn a certificate for child care training during this fun, interactive course. Students will understand the traits of typical infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and how to plan activities to entertain and teach them. Students also learn safety precautions for young children. (Teen)

Circuits

This hands-on, self-paced program allows young people to choose from hundreds of projects while they learn the basic principles of electronics. Bits snap together with magnets for foolproof inventing and experimenting. Makey Makey circuit boards turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet for creative play. (Ages 10 - 17)

Computer Literacy Classes

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

Dreams Exhibit

A collection of children’s mixed media art drawings and paintings from the Fortress Youth Development Center. (All Ages)

Drones

Explore with drones at the library! Drones are unmanned flying aircraft that can be used for delivering or researching in dangerous terrain. Cameras can be attached to them to take incredible aerial photos and video. Talk with a local expert about the ways people use drones and the regulations of flying. Then try one out with us! (Adults and Teens)

FWMSH Star Parties

Canceled - The Noble Planetarium will no longer host Star Parties at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. While Star Parties have been a treasured part of our history for many years, it is no longer feasible for the Museum to continue to participate. We look forward to sharing our love of astronomy with guests through our many programs and events at the Planetarium, the Mobile Noble Planetarium and through our partnership with the Fort Worth Astronomical Society

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. (Pre-K)

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 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)

Homeschool Activity Days at the Library

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

International Geocaching Day

What’s all the buzz about? Meet and mingle with people interested in geocaching. Learn the basics and share quest stories, geo-tags, photos and the locations of the area’s best caches. Learn about the FWL geocaches and plans for future additions (Families)

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Exhibit

A visual expression of the history of Latino American life in Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Library Archives participated in the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History* project in Fort Worth through solicitation of donations, as well as loans of records and photographs for the purpose of digitization, to establish the Fort Worth Library’s Latino American Archives. (All Ages)

Let the Sun Shine In

In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore Cyanotyping; a fun, easy, and chemical free way to combine art and science to create original sun prints. (Teen)

Let’s Play Ball!

Join us for a look at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games! Learn about the different sports played using a ball. What’s your favorite Olympic sport? (Ages 6 - 12)

Minecraft 360: Build Zone

Join us in the Minecraft 360 Build Zone as we work together in teams or alone to create dazzling buildings, landscapes and biomes in our Minecraft world. Experience the gaming phenomenon “Minecraft” rebuilt for Xbox 360! (Ages 10–17)

Mini-Block Parties

Come play with blocks in ways that develop science, technology, engineering and math skills. Activities provide an environment for experimenting and developing critical thinking skills. (No children over 6; all children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Mother Goose Games

Join us as we celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and Mother Goose! Children of all ages will enjoy games and activities based on classic nursery rhymes, Jack Be Nimble, Hickory Dickory Dock, Humpty Dumpty, Mary Had a Little Lamb and Jack and Jill. Participants will also design their own 2016 Mother Goose Games medals! (Ages Birth - 5)

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)

Music Together®

The Music Together® curriculum is an eight-week series that provides a learning environment based on the understanding that children learn through play and that early experiences and social interactions play an integral role in a child’s development. ALL CLASSES FULL

Parent Engagement Sessions - Early Childhood Matters

Active parents make a difference in children’s school readiness skills long before they are ready to read. Discover techniques to boost your child’s future success in school and beyond by participating in a 10 week Early Childhood Matters’ series. (Families)

Real(ationships): The Truth behind Teen Dating and Healthy Relationships

This four-week series focuses on the importance of healthy relationships. Topics such as communication, forms of abuse, anger issues, relationship red flags and safety planning will be discussed. Registration Required. (Ages 13 - 17 only)

Robotics

Discover the thrill of building a robot and bringing it to life. By 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. Registration Required. (Ages 10 – 17 only)

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)

Spider-Man Movie Madness

53 years ago Spider-Man swung into view of readers and never looked back. Come celebrate the anniversary! Bring your friends and enjoy snacks as we screen Spider-Man movies. Prize drawings will be held. Adults must be accompanied by a child. (Ages 6 - 17)

Stars and Stories

Travel with your imagination at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Noble Planetarium. Enjoy an out-of-this-world story time and a child-friendly presentation. Get free admission by completing a Worth Reading activity card. Limited seating available. (Pre-K).

TECH Truck

The Perot Museum TECH Truck is a mobile innovation lab dedicated to bringing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) based learning to the DFW area. Outfitted with cutting edge equipment (3D printers, a laser cutter and powerful Dell laptops), it inspires youth to Tinker, Engineer, Create and Hack by exploring low and high-tech, hands-on projects such as coding, robotics, 3D modeling and printing, stop motion animation, stomp rockets, pinhole cameras and laser cutting. (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. (Ages 5 - 12 only)

Take Note: The Olympic Press in Rio

Become an unofficial member of the 2016 Summer Olympic News Press Team as we interview ‘tourists’ in Rio de Janeiro (our peers in disguise). You will combine information with other members of the press core, create a bar graph and write articles on the sights and attractions of this Brazilian city (Ages 6 - 12)

Teen Time

What is there for teens to do in Fort Worth? Come to Teen Time to hang out, unwind, play games, read or have a great time with friends! (Teen)

The Incredible Bubble Show: Olympic Celebration

Join the Texas Bubblelady for an interactive learning experience about science and math using soap bubbles. Learn how to make incredible bubbles with lots of unusual bubblemakers. Show off your skills by participating as a team member in the Bubble Relay – a salute to the 2016 Summer Olympics. (Ages 6 - 12)

Wizard of Oz Anniversary

Kansas girl Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, are whisked into the magical land of Oz by a tornado in this much loved musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic novel. (NR, 1939, 101 min.) Bring a blanket and friends! Adults must be accompanied by a child. (Families)

Women of Worth Exhibit

Enjoy the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW) - Fort Worth Branch’s art exhibit which includes paintings of mixed media, oil, watercolor and pastels. (All Ages)

Become a Partner

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

Program Documents

Programs by Branch

Prize Drawings

Check out the monthly & grand prize winners.

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.

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