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What We Fund

Libraries are a part of America’s tapestry and essential to the life of our community. Promoting early to lifelong learning, providing resources for job training and life skills, encouraging families through interaction, gathering our neighbors together for entertainment—libraries transform lives.

Our Programs

LaunchPad College Application Program

For over a decade, LaunchPad has empowered local high school students with the information and materials necessary to apply for college by providing free; individual, and small-group college application counseling in Fort Worth Library locations. The LaunchPad Program Director helps young applicants demonstrate college readiness, insightful thought, and polished responses through the development of the application essay and other self-expressive materials.

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Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge

“For children, reading can help curb what is often called “the summer slide”—a loss of knowledge some children experience during their summer vacation. The Reading Challenge provides a structure to help children not only reduce the slide, but to learn new things as they read all summer long.” – Mayor Betsy Price

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3rd Thursday Jazz Series

Thousands around the city enjoy the Jazz Series held on the 3rd Thursdays of May through September. Hosted by the Fort Worth Library, and co-sponsored by the Foundation, the event offers the jazz styling of renowned, award-winning, local and internationally touring musicians. The concerts are held at the Central Library and the program includes dozens of performances throughout the city.

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Amplify 817

Amplify 817 is the latest local music collection to join the open-source MUSICat platform. Created by Fort Worth Public Library in partnership with Hear Fort Worth and with support from The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation, Amplify 817 “nurtures budding artists by bringing their music to light and making it easily accessible to fans around the corner or around the world.”

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Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots

Fort Worth Library’s Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot program allows anyone to get online anywhere or anytime! The program allows any Fort Worth Library patron with a Fort Worth Resident Library Card in good standing to check out a Mobile Hotspot for three weeks. The hotspot offers mobile internet service and can connect to 10 devices via Wi-Fi.

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Early Childhood Matters

Early Childhood Matters is a Fort Worth Library program designed for parents and caregivers of children ages birth through five years old. Participants learn how to develop their children’s social, emotional, and pre-literacy skills so they are successful when entering kindergarten. Presented in English and Spanish.

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Children’s Author Series

In 1997, The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation created the Children’s Author Series to expose young children from across our city to working authors and illustrators with the intent of inspiring young minds to read and write. Through the past 23 years, our program has provided three to four authors annually to libraries and schools for free presentations to students. Each school year, nearly 3,000 students from every neighborhood in Fort Worth have enjoyed the interaction with a live author. Many of these students do not have books in their home, making this is an enlightening experience for children from underserved populations.

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Music Lessons & Instrument Lending

The purpose of the Instrument Lending program is to broaden music literacy in the community by providing free access to musical instruments, regardless of background or income. Library cardholders can borrow the instruments for up to three weeks with the possibility of renewing twice consecutively, depending on the length of the waitlist. The instruments are stored at the Central Library but are available through interlibrary loan to any of the branch locations.

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The Rise Library

Most Las Vegas Trail residents are economically disadvantaged and do not have access to computers, the internet, or job skills necessary to pull themselves out of poverty. The lab will offer children and adults access to critical resources, as well as opportunities to learn important new skills necessary to succeed in life, school, and today’s workplace.

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