With back to school looming on the horizon, the library is probably the last place the kids want to visit, but Fort Worth Libraries are way more than just a place to study. Fun (and free) programs including everything from poetry reading to Zumba, as well as tons of creative ways for families to get together and learn something new.


  • Shake, Rattle and Read: If you ever wanted to be loud and crazy in the library, this is the time. Designed for the energy of 2-5 year olds, this interactive story time includes songs, movements, and lots of laughs.
  • All Aboard: Story Time for Children with Special Needs : The whole family is invited to attend a story time geared towards kids with special needs. Interactive art projects and discussion help improve academic and social skills in an environment where families can feel supported and understood.

Elementary Age:

  • Tail Wagging Tutors: Dogs aren’t only man’s best friend; they are also the best reading companions! Specially trained canines from Therapy Dogs International are on hand to listen as emerging readers boost their confidence in reading aloud. Meet your new reading pal on the first  Saturday of each month at 1 pm, Central Library, Youth Center Reading Pavilion
  • Game On!: Join the tournament of high paced Wii games and fun family board games on the fourth Sunday of each month at  Central Library, Discover Theatre from 2-4 pm. Small prizes are available to keep the game playing fun and interactive.


  • Express Yourself-Open Mic and Poetry: A program designed to foster creative expression and thinking in teens through a blend of creative writing techniques and performance.   National poet and motivational speaker, Michael Guinn hosts the high-energy program. Upcoming programs are scheduled for  Monday, Aug. 12, from 4-6 at Central Library, Teen Center  and  Wednesday, Aug. 28,  from 6-8 at Northwest Branch Library.
  • Game On-The Ultimate Gamer: Bring your ‘A’ game and fight for the title of ultimate gamer with other teens on games including Ultimate Marvel, Capcom, Just Dance 4, Soul Caliber, Super Smash Brothers and Guitar Hero.
  • Zumba-Family Style: It’s a family friendly dance party that has added health benefits, but the only thing you’ll notice is how much fun you are having.  Suitable for ages 12 and up, but no dancing skills are required.  All sessions are held on Saturdays at 4 at the Ella Mae Shamble Branch Library.

All of the Family:

  • Family Movie Fun: Bring a blanket and the whole family to enjoy a full length showing of the family friendly film, including classics that mom and dad will remember from their childhood. Movies are shown on the second Saturday of each month beginning at 1 pm at Central Library.
  • Chess Clubs: Claim your checkmate every Saturday from 12-6 pm at the Southwest Regional Library. All ages and experience levels are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Visit the Fort Worth Library website to check out the events and programs calendar for the rest of the summer and throughout the year.

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