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 Sept. 1 – Dec. 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.
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)
Join one of our lively book discussion groups and share your love of reading with others! (Adult)
Join us for a story time designed for children with special needs. Hosted in a family friendly environment, participants will enjoy Pre-K stories, crafts and activities while improving their academic and social skills. (All ages)
The world’s most lovable bear comes to life at the library. Create your own maps and pack a suitcase as you travel around the globe with Paddington. Your journey begins in the darkest depths of Peru and finishes in grand old London, but not without a string of hilarious stops along the way. (Ages 5 - 10)
Sign language is an easy and effective way to interact with your baby or toddler. Learn cues and techniques that will make the time with your young one even more rewarding. (Ages Birth - 4)
Come play with blocks in ways that develop science, technology, engineering and math skills. Learn about counting, architecture, gravity, balance, shapes and how to work with others. Activities provide an environment for experimenting and developing critical thinking skills. (No children over 6; all children must be accompanied by an adult.)
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)
Celebrate Hispanic American Heritage Month as we highlight the history and traditions of the vaquero.
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)
Acting instructor Sheran Keyton Godspeed leads a complete acting workout. Learn the What? How? and Why? of character development. The class focuses on breathing, theater games, scene selection and preparation. You’ll develop skills in oral language, and voice and bodily expression. (Teen)
Learn the fundamentals of email, Web surfing, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. (Adult)
No entiende? No problema! Learn basic Spanish-language skills to help you communicate in the workplace. This class is specifically designed for adults with little-to-no Spanish speaking ability and covers basic grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, commonly used verbs and everyday concepts. (Adult)
There are few pigs – or humans – who have imagined a life as exciting as Olivia’s. The beloved children’s book character has surfed, sung in an opera, steered a gondola and, yes, even trained a cat. Explore the Olivia series and nurture your child’s love of reading through stories, songs, crafts and a visit from the princess pig herself – Olivia! (Ages Pre-K - 7)
To become successful, you need to establish a broad base of knowledge. With the help of experts, members of the library’s Teen Scene will teach you how to properly fill out a job application and write an effective résumé. You’ll also learn how to manage
your finances and apply for college. (Teen)
Join us as Dr. Dippie explores the life and career of Catlin and discusses the exhibition of selected works on loan from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Registration Required (Adult)
Families are invited to bring a blanket and enjoy a free feature length movie. (Ages 5 and up)
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)
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)
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)
Come learn what the buzz is all about! Meet and mingle with geocachers from all over North Texas. Learn the basics, and share your quest stories, geotags, photos and the locations of the area’s best caches, including FWL’s caches. (All Ages)
Did you know that the National Archives, the federal agency that preserves and exhibits the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, has a facility in Fort Worth? Join Education Specialist Jenny Sweeney to learn about some of the most interesting finds among the 126,000 cubic feet of historic records held in Fort Worth. (Adult)
These programs, designed specifically for homeschoolers, include arts, crafts, games, book discussions and special presentations. (Families)
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)
Join us for the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission's quarterly film series to raise awareness of human rights issues. (Adult)
Laugh, dance and sing yourself silly with the Pipdillys. Two kids trapped in Couch Potato Land are rescued by Super Chef and Vita Girl. This interactive and entertaining program features songs, imagination games, magic and juggling. You’ll learn it’s cool to lead a healthy life! (Ages 5 - 10)
With the help of a trained instructor, children and their adult caregivers meet weekly to read and discuss award-winning children’s books. The program encourages critical thinking and helps children understand the connections between stories and real-life
situations. Taught in English and Spanish. (Ages 5 - 10)
Come learn about the cool, scaly, secretive reptiles that live in our area. Do they slither across the ground, climb trees or swim like an Olympic athlete? You’ll find out. Gain an appreciation for these radical reptiles as we study them up close and personal. (Ages Pre-K - 10)
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)
Are bedtimes a hassle at your house? The end of the day is a common battleground for many parents. Learn how your child’s temperament and specific triggers affect bedtime, how to establish a routine that encourages cooperation and how to address
common behavioral problems. (Adult)
Blended family, stepfamily, nontraditional family – how do we bring everyone together? You’ll learn the myths and realities of families and what makes them so unique. Experts will also offer advice on how to reduce conflict. (Adult)
Research can be tricky but here at the library we do it like a boss. Learn strategies and techniques for conducting effective online research and find out how to verify that sources are reliable. Using the library’s subscription databases, you’ll find out how to gather quality information for homework assignments, job searches and any subject that interests you. (Teen)
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)
Come share your favorite picture books. Listen to new stories and rediscover old favorites during this program that teaches story elements, encourages group interaction and combines reading and creativity with crafts. (Ages 5 - 10)
Explore how artists documented the West through sketches and paintings. You’ll learn about 19th century traveling artists and paint your own picture inspired by the museum’s collection. Registration Required. (Ages 6 - 10)
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)
Discover the joy of viewing art slowly, deliberately and thoughtfully. Take an in-depth look at selections from the collection as visitors participate in lively discussions and enjoy teatime with fellow art enthusiasts. (Adult)
Learn how to build a motorized LEGO® robot and program it to perform simple tasks. Acquire basic technology and engineering skills through guided instruction. Registration Required. (Teen)
Join us at the Riverside Community Center as we conclude the Summer Chapter of the Worth Reading literacy program with an art-infused afternoon of activities, stories, movies and prizes for the entire family. (All Ages)
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.
Programs by Location
- Diamond Hill/Jarvis
- East Berry
- East Regional
- Ella Mae Shamblee
Check out the monthly & grand prize winners.