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Fort Worth Public Library serving residents through hard times with laughter and learning

Posted July 23, 2020

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While Fort Worth Public Library locations are open for curbside service, and a handful of facilities are open for limited walk-in services now, that wasn’t the case in March 2020. When the City of Fort Worth closed municipal buildings, including libraries, the Fort Worth Public Library pivoted quickly to not only begin online programming, but also shift a focus to increasing access to online materials.

And so far, Fort Worth seems to love it. As of July 12, the Library’s digital check-outs surpassed the total for the entire year 2019. Fort Worth is enjoying its Library and proof is in the numbers.

Since March 13, 2020:

  • 4,249 new users have joined the Library.
  • Residents have checked out 325,181 digital items.
    • 129,318 of them were audio books.
    • 79,987 of them were Juvenile and Teen.
    • 1,171 of them were in Spanish.
  • Librarians have created 130-plus lists to help readers find great reads.
  • 8,275 items are now available on-demand, 24/7 with no waiting.
  • Since May, an additional 131,656 items have been checked out through curbside or walk-in service.

The top 10 books checked out since March 2020:

  • 10. "Camino Winds" by John Grisham.
  • 9. "Becoming" by Michelle Obama.
  • 8. "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • 7. "The Holdout" by Graham Moore.
  • 6. "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens.
  • 5. "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow.
  • 4. "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett.
  • 3. "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng.
  • 2. "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi.
  • 1. "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo.

Regular programming for youth, families and adults occurs weekly through Library social media channels and private classes on Zoom. From Spanish-language conversation groups and pre-K story times to high school equivalency classes and Tuesday Night Trivia, the Library continues to serve up quality, entertaining and informative programs. Legal series, programs for dementia care providers and even early childhood literacy programs abound – and all are free.

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