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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

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)

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)

Computer Literacy Classes

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

Dash of Verse with a Pinch of Science: Using Nature to Inspire Poetry

This fun and exciting program mixes science and poetry as participants use scientific observation to create an original poem. (Ages 9 - 12)

El Día de los niños / El día de los libros

Celebrate our cultural diversity with other families at a library nearest you! Books, crafts and other activities will emphasize the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum specifically wildlife and extinct species. (Ages 6 -10)

FWMSH Star Parties

Join the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Noble Planetarium and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society for our FREE monthly star parties! (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)

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)

Make Your Own Terrarium

Make your own mini world terrarium! Learn about the science involved in creating an ecosystem for your plant and engage your creativity while decorating and designing the final look. **Registration Required** (Families)

Minecraft 360: Build Zone

Join us in the Minecraft 360 Build Zone as we work together in teams or alone to create dazzling buildings, landscapes and biomes in our Minecraft world. Experience the gaming phenomenon “Minecraft” rebuilt for Xbox 360! (Ages 10–17)

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)

Preserving African-American History through the Visual Arts

A view of early African-American Life as it transitions towards a special occasion: the Emancipation Proclamation Juneteenth Celebration. (All Ages)

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 10 – 17 only)

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)

Society of Watercolor Artists 2016 International Juried Exhibition

For more than 30 years, the Society of Watercolor Artists has represented the finest in watercolor art. Based in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, this year’s international juried exhibition features works from around the world. (All Ages)

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).

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 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)

Verbatim: Discovering Found Poetry

Found Poetry is the literary equivalent of creating a collage. Use existing passages from newspapers and magazines, and reframe the words to give them a new meaning. Participants also learn about different styles of poetry. (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.

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