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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

Adult Book Clubs

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

Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series

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

Block Parties

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.)

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 will host a free performance by the new winners of the first ever Cliburn Junior Competition. (All Ages)

Computer Literacy Classes

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

Differences Around the World

Come learn about people around the world and how we can all celebrate cultural and individual differences. (Ages 9 - 12)

FWISD Elementary Art Show

Explore paintings, drawings and sculptures created by elementary-school students. (All Ages)

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. (Ages 5 and up)

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)

GO Center

Education specialist, Paula Tyler, will council and mentor students on how to successfully apply for college as part of The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation’s Launch Pad program. (Teen)

Game On

Will you be the ultimate gamer? Bring your a-game and take on the challengers. Choose your favorite game and claim your place in the winner’s circle. The road to victory begins now. (Teen)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Raising Children Tool Kit: Controlling Anger in the Family

Parents learn ways to control personal anger and to help children manage their angry feelings. The physical and psychological causes of anger are also discussed. (Adult)

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 13 – 17)

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)

South by Southwest: The Art of Travers Green

Join us for a retrospective showcase of works from award-winning Fort Worth local artist, Travers Green (1928-2008).

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).

Story Time with Splat the Cat

Join us as we welcome “Splat the Cat” and read about how he discovers new friends and gets to go camping at night! (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)

Teen Drum Circle

Come join us in creating a drum circle – a fun, multicultural, mixed level, group music-making event with freely improvised rhythms created on the spot. (Teen)

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 Hidden Facets of Opera

This exhibit will reveal behind-the-scenes aspects of the creation of Fort Worth Opera productions such as set and costume design, and the clockwork precision necessary to pull it all together, as well as historic images. (All Ages)

Understanding Black History

Participants interact through music, song, story and share the historic struggles and accomplishments from slavery to emancipation of American blacks. (Ages 8 - 12)

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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