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 May 1 – August 31, 2015.
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 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.
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)
Do you enjoy an action-packed story or cutting-edge animation? This program features the entire animated series of some of your favorite characters, and is sure to satisfy your entertainment needs. (Ages 13 - 17)
Come experience art in a makerspace environment at the Library. Designed to stimulate expression, innovation and new thoughts, makerspace participants experiment in a social setting. Teens share with others through hands-on applications and trial and error. Join local recycled artist VET and select from traditional and unusual materials to create your own art. (Ages 13 - 17)
The Fort Worth Genealogical Society will teach you to research family histories like a professional. (Adult)
Come play with blocks in ways that develop science, technology, engineering and math skills. Learners will be exposed to basic concepts in architecture, gravity, and balance, while learning shapes and numbers. Collaborative activities provide an environment for experimenting and developing critical thinking skills. (No children over 6; all children must be accompanied by an adult.)
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. Registration Required (Ages 13 - 17)
Learn the fundamentals of email, Web surfing, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. (Adult)
This craft program offers kids an outlet for self-expression. It’s all about creativity and working in a no-pressure environment. Attend the full two hours or make one craft and hang out…it’s up to you. (Ages 8 - 12)
This craft program offers teens an outlet for self-expression. Participants use Sharpie markers to make original artwork in fresh and different ways. It’s all about using a variety of materials and techniques to be creative with no pressure or expectations. (Ages 13 - 17)
Would you like to know what your dreams really mean? We’ll teach you how to analyze the symbolism and keep a dream journal. Come prepared with a recent dream to find out what your subconscious is trying to tell you. (Ages 13 - 17)
Families are invited to bring a blanket and enjoy a free feature length movie. Adults must be accompanied by a child. (Ages 5 and up)
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)
Programs featuring historians and community leaders examining Fort Worth’s rich history. (Adult)
Freddie and his friend Daphne the Duck live in a polluted section of the Trinity River. This hands-on presentation teaches children about harmful substances in the environment, how to protect themselves and animals from danger, and the effects of pollution on natural resources.
This state-of-the-art mobile gaming theater features HDTVs, leather seating, surround sound, the latest consoles and dozens of games. First hour restricted to ages 13 - 17. If space is available, ages 10 - 12 will be allowed in the second hour. (Teen)
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)
With design and entrepreneurship, we’ll work together to form businesses, products and a fashion show. Registration Required. (Ages 10 - 12)
Gain hands-on experience working with technology. If you are interested in leadership, participating in teams and sharing ideas, this camp is for you! Registration required. (Ages 8 - 10)
Improve your reading and language skills by telling stories, writing poetry and songs and much more. Registration required. (Ages 6 – 10)
Handwriting analysis offers insights into human psychology and behavior. Attendees create a sample of their own writing to examine subtle differences. This program teaches analysis basics and history. (Ages 13 and up)
Designed for families, these programs include book discussions, presentations, crafts and games. (Families)
During this five-week series, parents learn to read, sign, sing and play with children in ways aiding the infants’ development. (1 – 12 months and Caregivers; no older siblings)
Award-winning musician and author Jim Gill will have you singing, clapping, dancing and even sneezing. Gill’s distinctive songs create the spirit of a family room in the concert hall, inviting the whole family to play together. (Families)
These paintings, from the collection of local artists John Johnson and Ken Carter, celebrate 150 years of Juneteenth.
Commemorate Juneteenth with a special screening of Lincoln, a historical award-winning drama portraying the President’s struggle to pass the 13th Amendment to the Constitution through Congress. (Ages 13 and up)
Why do stars twinkle? How are rainbows formed? Use the scientific process to explore the atmosphere on Earth and other planets. Experiments include making a sunset, mixing molecules and learning about various gases. Discover how stars would look in space! Registration Required at some locations. (Ages 8 - 12)
Step into virtual reality with the gaming phenomenon Minecraft. By creating interactive, virtual environments participants will explore, build and conquer their new world either alone or with friends. New features designed specifically for Xbox 360 make this a whole new way to play Minecraft. (Ages 13 - 17)
Join us for the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission's quarterly film series to raise awareness of human rights issues. (Adult)
Hear classic stories and see several Indian dances in traditional costume at this engaging program. Clap along as you learn the roots of the dance, and about the geography and culture of India. (All Ages)
Learn about healthy habits! This bilingual story time focuses on how germs cause illness and the importance of hand washing. (Families)
¡Aprenda hábitos saludables! Esta hora de cuentos bilingue es sobre las enfermedades que causan los gérmenes y la importancia de lavarse las manos. (Familias)
This program promotes a healthy and physically-active lifestyle as children learn about teamwork through social interaction. By making the parachute billow, participants refine motor skills, build strength and develop a sense of rhythm. (Ages 4 - 7)
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. Registration Required. (Ages 6 - 10)
Express your creativity by using a variety of recycled supplies to make something new and original. Continue your artistic journey with library books full of ideas. Participants learn the importance of environmental responsibility.
LEGO® has gone high-tech with the introduction of Mindstorms EV3. You’ll put your problem-solving skills to work as you build motorized LEGO robots. Then program them to do all kinds of tasks using basic technology and engineering skills. Registration Required. (Ages 13 – 18)
Get excited about science and discover something new! Children enjoy hands-on activities inspired by popular children’s books. (Ages 6 - 10)
¡Diviértete con la ciencia y descubre algo nuevo! Los niños disfrutan de actividades prácticas inspiradas en libros infantiles populares. (6 - 10 años)
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)
Explore the fun and exciting fields of math and science through a flight simulator. Lockheed Martin will be in the house to let teens give it a try and see how engineering concepts are applied in the real world. (Ages 13 - 17)
For more than 30 years, the Society of Watercolor Artists has represented the finest in watercolor art. This year’s international juried exhibition features works from around the world. (All Ages)
Travel with your imagination at the Museum’s Noble Planetarium. This story time introduces the scientific concepts of weather, moon and stars in a child-friendly presentation. Limited seating available. Intended for pre-school children and their families.
Do you have what it takes to save the day? Use your imagination to create your very own superhero side-kick, test your superpowers, and find the hero in you. (Ages 5 - 10)
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. This activity is intended solely for children ages 5 - 12.
¿Sabías que hay más de 100 palabras para hablar sobre ‘sentimientos’? Comunicar lo que sentimos puede ser difícil para adultos y para niños. El éxito de una comunicación saludable con los hijos es decir lo que pensamos y lo que sentimos sin causarles daño o sin hacerlos pensar menos de sí mismos.
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! (Ages 13 - 17)
Free performance from 24 of the world’s best 13- to 17-year-old pianists. Bring a sack lunch; cookies and water provided. Families with children are encouraged to attend. (All Ages)
Champion spinner Val Oliver demonstrates the spinning arts of yo-yo, spin top and diabolo in a high energy, entertaining show. Participants will learn how to get started in the spinning arts and appropriate drills to enhance specific techniques. (Ages 13 -17)
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)
The YWCA of Fort Worth, chartered in 1907, was the first YWCA in the state of Texas. Its mission is to transform the lives of women, children and families from poverty to independence. In conjunction with Women’s History Month, the exhibition illustrates the rich history of the venerable institution through photographs, memorabilia and historical documents. (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
You can pick up your Activity Cards at these locations.
You can pick up and return your Activity Cards at these locations.
Check out the monthly & grand prize winners.