The Fort Worth Central Library!

Today, Heidi & I went to the Fort Worth Central Library with her cousins … It was a blast! The place is huge and there is so much stuff to do! We hadn’t been there before, though we’d heard a lot about it.

Fort Worth Central Library

I had been intimidated about visiting this location, since it’s in the heart of downtown Fort Worth and I’m not a huge fan of messing with city streets. But it was really easy to get to! I did a little planning ahead (the street address is 500 W. Third St., Fort Worth, TX 76102).

2½ hours free parking is available at 2 nearby garages.  You can get your ticket validated at the Circulation Desk. The garages are located at:

  • 3rd Street Garage at 3rd & Taylor
  • City Place North Garage, at the corner of Belknap and Taylor streets

There are 2 hour and 10 hour parking meters around the library, with free parking after 6 pm on weekdays and on all day Saturday and Sunday.

Easy peasy. I definitely recommend you check it out!

Children’s books aside {they had an enormous selection on every subject}, the Children’s Section in the library had so much to offer the little ones.

Story Time!
The Fort Worth Library System offers FREE Children’s Librarian-led Story Time. Heidi and I attend somewhat consistently and we LOVE it!!! When we first started going to Story Time, I was surprised to discover that it isn’t just a reading time – singing, dancing, and crafts are also included! It is a great activity for kids of all ages, and Story Times are offered at various locations, on multiple days of the week.

Don’t miss this! For more information on Times and Locations, go here.

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Hands-on Learning Opportunities

If you’re looking for a good book to read, the library is definitely the place to go. But did you know that the library also has fun hands-on activities to keep kids interested and engaged?

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I don’t know how you were as a kid, but I can remember how very PAINFUL it was to try to sit still for very long! I loved exploring new worlds through books, but I also loved learning about my own world by exploring with my own five senses. Kids are designed this way on purpose & I LOVE that the Fort Worth Library seems to have taken this into consideration for the Children’s Section.

This library location had LOTS of fun hands-on exploration activities, including a little cubby fortress, kid-sized toy train, puppet booth {with a bunch of little hand puppets for a show!}, and giant building blocks.

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There is also a well-equipped arts & crafts corner for busy little hands. The library provides craft paper, crayons, safety scissors, glue, and even crafty examples to get kids started!

Technology Center

Computer stations {with fancy touch screens!} are built just for kids, and the circulation desk also offers iPads for checkout – they are loaded with learning games and kids love them! The learning games are appropriate for all ages. My 18-month-old girl was entranced!

Learning Kits for Checkout

Another very cool educational resource I discovered is located in little plastic storage containers toward the back wall on a bookshelf. I wouldn’t have even noticed them if I hadn’t sat right next to the shelf! I looked online, and the website doesn’t list it either. I feel like I found a hidden treasure!

These learning kits are like Unit Studies – they focus in on one specific topic and use several different learning approaches. Everything is contained in a little plastic tote, so it’s totally convenient for parents to bring home and explore with their kids!

Bottom line: this place is SO GREAT for parents and kids alike – it makes for a WONDERFUL afternoon {or morning, or evening} activity! Don’t miss out! Go exploring!

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One thought on “The Fort Worth Central Library!

  1. greatexpeditionsusa February 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm Reply

    Wow! Mikel! LOVE this…makes me want to go too!!! Especially with the kiddos!
    Great post…I’m wondering the age range on the Learning Kits…would work perfectly for home schooling!

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