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 Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2017.

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

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)

Banned Books Week

Banned Book Week is Sept. 24 - 30. Visit a local library to help celebrate our right to read! (All Ages)

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)

Child's Play

Presented by the Armor Bearer, this exhibit spotlights John Johnson’s artistic expressions about children with special guest artists Burl Washington, Ken Carter and Ron Davis. Patrons will be invited to take a treasure hunt about the exhibit. Reception will include a book signing of It is Good illustrated by John Johnson and written by Tanya Tichenor Starks, and a children’s poetry reading with light refreshments. (All Ages)

Computer Literacy Classes

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

Dyslexia Awareness and Dislecksia: The Movie

October is being proclaimed as Dyslexia Awareness Month in Fort Worth. Learn how digital audiobooks help for reading with Dyslexia and watch a free screening of Dislecksia: The Movie. (Adults)

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)

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)

From Cowboy to Doughboy North Texas in WWI: Mobilization for 'The Great War'

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the U. S. entering “the Great War,” which later became known as WWI. The war introduced Texas to the world and the world to Texas and neither would ever be the same again. Many aspects of that conflict are still with us, hidden by 100 years of development and progress. The exhibit’s goal is to build awareness of the war across North Texas and connect many generations into a broader discussion of how WWI impacted our communities then and continues to impact them today. (All Ages)

From Cowboy to Doughboy North Texas in WWI: Mobilization for The Great War

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the U. S. entering “the Great War,” which later became known as WWI. From July to October, visit the library to see how war introduced Texas to the world and the world to Texas and how neither would ever be the same again. (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. Registration required. (Teen)

Homeschool Activity Days at the Library

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

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)

Panther Lab - Makerspace

Gather with others to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials at this creative space known as the Panther Lab. From 3D printers, robotics, iMacs to a virtual reality headset and a green screen, this space opens endless possibilities to your imagination. (All Ages)

Parenting a Child with ADHD

The Parenting Center’s mission is “to provide family members and professionals with the tools, resources and services to build successful families.” During this class, parents will learn effective ways of addressing issues that are common to children with ADHD. Registration required. (Adults)

Pirates, Ahoy!

Aarrr, ahoy, mateys! Join us for some swashbuckling pirate good times! How did pirates navigate the seas without GPS and modern technology? Participants will learn about how pirates lived, see how they found their way on the unpredictable seas and learn that the Earth produces a magnetic field.

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)

Teen Read Week 2017

Teen Read Week is Oct. 8 - 14. Enjoy Teen Read Week with us and get a chance to create stories with collaborative writing projects. (Teens)

Texas and the West III

The West might begin in Fort Worth, but it certainly doesn’t end here. The land from Texas to the Pacific Ocean is home to all kinds of people, wildlife and landscapes. The American West is as richly diverse as it is expansive. This exhibit features local artists’ impressions of the area and its people. (All Ages)

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more. Presented by Tia Viera of the Alzheimer’s Association. (Adults)

The Legacy Art of Ellen Palmer

This exhibit spotlights the artistic legacy of Ellen Palmer as well as artistic works of local artists. Curated by T. Pearson, LTD, this exhibit is on loan from the Palmer Family Collection. (All Ages)

Untying the Knots of Your Life

Spend time listening, thinking and discussing the things in your life that are the “nots” that have held you from truly living. Dr. Carolyn Goldsmith will show you how to get those “knots” out of your daily life and rediscover the more uncomplicated self of another time. (Adults)

Yoga for Littles

This five-week program provides a gentle introduction into yoga for preschoolers and parents. You'll learn simple poses, breathing techniques and calming skills. Combined with early literacy activities, this class can be taken in individual class sessions or for the entire series. (Families)

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)

Become a Partner

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

Program Documents

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.