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 May 1 – Aug. 31, 2017.

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

3rd Thursday Jazz Series

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)

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)

All About the Orchestra

What’s one of the sweetest sounds in music? The orchestra of course! Accomplished violinist, Stephanie L. Sunder, introduces participants to the instruments from the orchestra and discusses how they are arranged into sections. Attendees will then learn to imitate the sounds and create their own 'orchestra'. (Ages 6 - 12)

Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series

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

Computer Literacy Classes

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

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)

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)

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)

Grow as We Go

Every living organism grows and changes during its life . . . it’s called the life cycle. Learn about the life cycle through fun stories, games and a craft. (Ages 6 - 12)

Homeschool Activity Days at the Library

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

Itsy Bitsy Babies for Mothers and Others

During this five week series presented by Early Childhood Specialist, Dr. James Thomas, parents learn to read, sign, sing and play in ways to aid their infants’ development. (1 – 12 months and Caregivers; no older siblings)

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)

Pre-School Discovery Club

Preschoolers and their adult companions are invited to discover the exciting world of nature. Each month, participants are introduced to the natural world through interactive games, stories, crafts and outdoor exploration. Fees apply. Registration Required. (Ages 3 - 5)

Reading and Creative Writing

Pre-schoolers and their parents spend time together with the written word includes reading, rhyming, poetry and story-telling. Registration required and fees apply. (Ages 3 - 6 and caregivers)

Recycle Right!

This fast-paced, hands-on sorting exercise will show you how to 'recycle right' in no time. See how recycling conserves our natural resources and reduces waste that goes to a landfill. (Ages 6 - 12)

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)

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 Time

If you're looking for a place to hang out, play games, make crafts or have a great time with friends, come to teen time. Activities vary every week but a good time is guaranteed! (Teen)

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.