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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 four-month chapters, each with its own activities and prizes. The current chapter runs Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 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

Adult Book Clubs

Join one of our lively book discussion groups and share your love of reading with others! (Adult)

Amon Carter Museum Tours

Join the museum’s librarian or archivist on a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s research library and archives. (Adult)

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral Exhibit

See how a unifying sense of material exploration and play permeates through this diverse range of work. Artists explore line, shape, and color and blur the boundaries in their respective fields of painting, sculpture, fibers and printmaking. This exhibit transforms everyday inspiration into exceptional visions. (All Ages)

Archives in Action

Celebrate American Archives Month by learning how to use archives to research your home and conserve family treasures. Also, hear how a Fort Worth legend led the effort to preserve her community’s history. (Adults)

Baby Sign-n-Speak

Your baby may not be able to ‘talk’ yet, but you can still communicate through sign language. We’ll teach you how, and you’ll be amazed at what your baby is able to communicate. (Ages 1 month to 4 years and caregiver)

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)

Cliburn in the Community

The library and the Cliburn host a free performance by 2013 finalist Tomoki Sakata. (All Ages)

Computer Literacy Classes

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

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)

Friendship Art Dedication

Join us for an unveiling and dedication ceremony of two colorful paintings, titled Girl Scout Nichibei Yuko-no Kizuna (The Friendship Bond of US-Japan Girl Scouts), rendered in acrylic paint, oil paint, gold leaf and silver leaf. (Families)

From Land to Sea Exhibit

This collection includes land and seascapes inspired by the Texas coast and state parks. The exhibit by Aron Williams embodies the traditional concepts of landscape painting, but with a textural twist. By using twine and reclaimed construction materials, the artist offers the viewer a sculptural element to his real and imagined interpretations of the Texas landscape. (All Ages)

Geocaching Family Days

Come learn what the buzz is all about! Meet and mingle with people interested in geocaching. Learn the basics and share your quest stories, geo-tags, photos and the locations of all the area’s best caches. (All Ages)

Homeschool Activity Days at the Library

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

Hour of Code

Explore the basics of coding in a fun and interactive way. Create a simple design, animation or program from a variety of self-guided activities to start learning about how technology works and how to create software applications. (Teen)

Journey of Learning Exhibit

Come and appreciate the life work of local artist, Bev Robinson who has a distinctive flair for art including: Calligraphy, Wood Carving, Oil, Watercolor, Pencil and Graphic Design. (All Ages)

Keep Calm and Read On: Book Buzz

Attention book lovers! Want to learn about future bestsellers before they become bestsellers? How about a chance to read books before they are published? (Adult)

LEGO EV3 Robotics

You can build a robot and bring it to life in this exciting Lego EV3 Robotics class. No experience necessary. Just follow the step-by-step instructions to create robots that use motors as well as color, gyro, ultrasonic and touch sensors to complete a variety of tasks. Registration Required. (Ages 13 – 17 only)

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)

Low Riders and Wrestling (Lucha Libre) Make Me, ME!

Discover Mexican culture, from lucha libre to lowrider vehicles, during National Hispanic Heritage Month. You’ll find out fascinating facts about the culture and how it has evolved over generations. Heritage makes us all interesting. (Ages 6 - 12)

Making Rules & Enforcing Consequences

Do you feel like your children are out of control? This workshop, presented by The Parenting Center of Fort Worth, will help you understand the steps for establishing clear expectations and implementing effective consequences to use in parenting. (Adults)

Mexican Folk Art Mirrors

Join us for a celebration of the Mexican culture and folk art! Participants will learn about the history of Mexican Folk Art and craft their own traditional mirrors out of tooled aluminum and paper. Bring your friends to celebrate diversity and let your creativity flow! (Ages 12 - 17)

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 ten-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 important integral role in a child’s development. - ALL CLASSES ARE FULL

Paddington Bear Movie

A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kind Brown family. (Families)

Paddington Bear’s Adventures

Come meet Paddington (costume character) and hear about some of his many adventures. (Ages 6 - 10)

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)

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. Limited seating available. (Pre-K).

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)

The Basics of Training Your Dog

Does your dog refuse to listen when you say 'sit’ or 'stay’? The Humane Society of North Texas will teach you how to train a dog using positive reinforcement techniques. (Ages 10 and up)

Toddler Story Time with Dr. Jim

Bring your toddlers ready to participate in an exciting program of letters, counting, shapes, colors, songs, movement … and books! (Children ages 13 - 24 months and caregiver)

Ugandan Kids Choir

Come and listen to the children of the Ugandan Kids Choir, bringing a message of hope and sharing the power of love through traditional music and dance. (Families)

Wordslingers

There will be plenty of paranormal activity at the second annual Fort Worth Library Author Series, beginning in September. The library welcomes four popular authors who will walk us down the path they take when writing their fictional favorites. You are sure to leave with some memorable tales. (Adult)

ZUMBA - Family Style

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

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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