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Worth Reading

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 Jan. 1 – April 30, 2014.

 

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 prize. Prizes are awarded until supplies run out. In addition to a certificate of completion:
    • Adults receive a Worth Reading tote bag or button.
    • Teens receive a Teen Scene USB bracelet. 
    • Children under 12 years old receive a pencil and voucher for admission to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. (Children are awarded prizes for each card submitted, not just the first.)
  • Each completed Card (five activities) serves as an entry in the grand-prize drawing, so continue submitting completed Cards at any partner location.

Upcoming Events

3rd Thursday Jazz Series

3rd Thursday Jazz Series

This annual event features local and internationally touring musicians performing everything from Monk to Mingus to Miles. (All Ages)

5th Annual Puppetry Festival

5th Annual Puppetry Festival

Celebrate the puppetry festival with an array of fun-filled activities, including entertaining shows, workshops and demonstrations. The event is free and open to the public. Bring the entire family! (All ages)

Adult Book Clubs

Adult Book Clubs

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

Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s Sunset Cinema

Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s Sunset Cinema

Pack a picnic, grab some friends and watch a favorite film on the museum’s lawn. Come early for a special tour of the museum. (All Ages)

Animal Poetry

Animal Poetry

Explore the animal kingdom through poetry, art projects and imagination. (Ages 8 – 12)

Animated Superhero Movie Series

Animated Superhero Movie Series

Are you a fan of DC or Marvel comics? Who would win if super sorcerer Doctor Strange went up against the Dark Knight? Spend a late Saturday afternoon checking out these fastpaced, action-packed tales based on storylines from comics and graphic novels. (Teen)

Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series

Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series

The Fort Worth Genealogical Society presents classes on how to conduct professional level genealogical research. (Adult)

Bonsai: How to Create Living Art

Bonsai: How to Create Living Art

Explore the history of bonsai as a horticultural practice and its development into a living art form. Presented by Bruce Harris of the Fort Worth Bonsai Society, this two-part class combines lecture and hands-on instruction to prepare you to grow bonsai at home. (Adult)

Branch Ancestry: Beginning Genealogy and Your Family Tree

Branch Ancestry: Beginning Genealogy and Your Family Tree

Family histories are often mysterious. Join us for these classes that teach how to begin your research, find ancestor information, record the information and use the library’s resources. (Adult)

Camera Minicamp

Camera Minicamp

Want to take great pictures with your digital single-lens reflex camera (SLR)? This hands-on, three-day course covers the basics of taking quality photos and special techniques for improving your photography. Bring your camera and charged batteries. Registration Required (Ages 13 - 18).

Childcare Classes for Teens

Childcare Classes for Teens

Designed for teens who care for or are interested in working with children, this course covers basic nutrition, exercise routines, safety, and how to plan educational and entertaining activities. After attending all the sessions at one location, participants receive a childcare-training certificate. (Teen)

Computer Literacy Classes

Computer Literacy Classes

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

El Día de los niños / El día de los libros

El Día de los niños / El día de los libros

Join us in a nationwide celebration to promote literacy for children of all cultures and backgrounds. This program focuses on the importance of books and reading as an integral part of children’s lives. (All Ages)

Engineering FUNdamentals

Engineering FUNdamentals

Let your imagination run wild with more than 100,000 LEGOs! Build engineer designed projects, such as motorized cars and planes, with the help of Play-Well instructors. Registration is required. (Ages 8 - 12)

Family Movies

Family Movies

Families are invited to bring a blanket and enjoy a free feature length movie. (Ages 5 and up)

First Sunday Film Club

First Sunday Film Club

The First Sunday Film Series showcases the library’s extensive collection of films. We present award-winning movies from a wide range of genres. So get out of the house and join us the first Sunday of each month for an afternoon of film the way it was intended to be experienced — on a big screen. (Adult)

From the Archives: The Kassel Family and The Stetson Family Exhibit

From the Archives: The Kassel Family and The Stetson Family Exhibit

Exhibit features materials from the Kassel family and Stetson family papers. (All Ages)

Game On: The Ultimate Gamer

Game On: The Ultimate Gamer

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

Genealogy Computer Users Group

Genealogy Computer Users Group

The Fort Worth Genealogical Society presents classes on how to conduct professional level genealogical research. (Adult)

Get Ready for the Movie

Get Ready for the Movie

Looking forward to the new summer releases? Is your favorite book being made into a movie? Each month we offer activities, games, crafts and discussions designed to inform, excite and prepare you to enjoy a different film. (Teen)

Graffiti Me

Graffiti Me

Learn about the pros and cons of urban art and create personal works of art for display. (Teen)

Homegrown Books Series

Homegrown Books Series

An oil boom and a mining strike play prominently in these writers’ stories. The Fort Worth-area authors will discuss their books, and the struggles and triumphs of writing. Discussions followed by Q&A, book sales and signings. (Adult)

Homeschoolers Activity Day @ the Library

Homeschoolers Activity Day @ the Library

These programs, designed specifically for homeschoolers, include arts, crafts, games, book discussions and special presentations. (Families)

International Geocaching Day Celebration

International Geocaching Day Celebration

What’s all the buzz about? Meet and mingle with people interested in geocaching. Share quest stories, pathtags, photos and the locations of the best area caches. (All Ages)

Itsy Bitsy Babies

Itsy Bitsy Babies

During this five-week series, parents learn to read, sign, sing and play with their children in ways aiding the infants’ development. (1 – 12 months and Caregivers; no older siblings) 

Japanese Drums: Boom! Boom!

Japanese Drums: Boom! Boom!

Hear and experience the rhythms of Japan. Dondoko Taiko performs music using traditional taiko drums. Learn about Japanese culture, tradition and the origins of this unique art form. (All ages)

Jiaan Powers – Storyteller and Puppeteer

Jiaan Powers – Storyteller and Puppeteer

Join professional storyteller Jiaan Powers and her lion puppet, Spike, as they present stories during National Puppetry Month. (Ages 6 – 10)

 

Magic Is In the Air!

Magic Is In the Air!

Josh Ayala – aka Monkey the Magician – presents his exciting show, complete with animal performances, audience participation and dazzling displays of magic! (Ages 8 – 12)

Manners Matter Minicamp

Manners Matter Minicamp

Learn to present yourself with poise, flair and confidence to employers, friends and the world. Course covers communication, dining etiquette and dressing to impress. Mastering these skills will help you land that dream job. Registration Required. (Ages 13 - 18)

Meet and Greet Miss Texas 2013

Meet and Greet Miss Texas 2013

Join us as Ivana Hall, Miss Texas 2013, discusses her service throughout Texas, including her experiences promoting HIV/AIDS education, volunteering with the Children’s Miracle Network and the importance of literacy. Get an autographed photo or bookmark, and pose for a picture with Miss Texas. (All ages)

My Favorite Toy Sleepover at the Library

My Favorite Toy Sleepover at the Library

Ever wonder what happens at the library when it’s closed? Join us for a late-afternoon story time, and check in your favorite toy for a sleepover at the library. (All Ages)

Origami -- Teen

Origami -- Teen

Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. Use math skills and learn to think creatively while completing origami projects and learning the art form’s history. (Teen)

Origami -- Youth

Origami -- Youth

Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. Children will use math skills and learn to think creatively as they complete origami projects and learn the art form’s history. (Ages 8 and up)

Rockin’ Robotics

Rockin’ Robotics

This program is a great way to get hands-on technology and engineering experience by building, designing and programming a robot. You’ll learn to succeed but also that failure is part of the process for solving problems. (Ages 13 – 18)

Shake, Rattle and Read! Story Time

Shake, Rattle and Read! Story Time

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)

Sid’s Studio

Sid’s Studio

Spend time in the museum gallery learning about arts and crafts of the American West. Further your connection with paintings through hands-on studio activities while enjoying refreshments and conversation with fellow crafters. (Adult)

Society of Watercolor Artists 2014 International Juried Exhibition

Society of Watercolor Artists 2014 International Juried Exhibition

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)

Tail Waggin’ Tutors – (Therapy Dogs International)

Tail Waggin’ Tutors – (Therapy Dogs International)

Children who might have difficulty reading, a speech impediment or just need practice reading aloud are invited to read one-on-one to trained dogs for 10 minutes at a time. (Ages 8 – 12)

TCU Community History Workshops

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)

Teen Time at the Fort Worth Library!

Teen Time at the Fort Worth Library!

If you’re looking for a place to hang out, unwind, play games, read or have a great time with friends, visit Teen Scene. (Teen)

Theater Camp

Theater Camp

Stage West Theater presents Theater Arts, five sessions focusing on breathing, theater games, exercises, monologues and preparation. Improve your oral-language and bodily expression skills. Registration required. (Ages 13 - 18)

Worth Reading Spring Chapter: Grand Celebration and Prize Drawing

Worth Reading Spring Chapter: Grand Celebration and Prize Drawing

Join us at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art as we conclude the Spring Chapter of the Worth Reading literacy program with an art-infused afternoon of activities, stories, movies and prizes for the entire family. (All Ages)

ZUMBA - Family Style!

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

Partner Locations

You can pick up and return your Activity Cards at these locations.

Prize Drawings

Check out the monthly & grand prize winners.


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