Published on December 30, 2021
As the literary hub of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Public Library saw a banner year not only for digital checkouts but also for growing attendance at book and reading-related programs.
This year, 5,244 guests attended family and children’s story times, and 262 adults attended author talks and programs; 769 patrons joined librarians for What Fort Worth Reads, a weekly Wednesday Instagram chat where participants discuss book recommendations. As part of programming expansion, in 2022 every library location will host at least one weekly youth/family story time, and author talks will occur monthly throughout the city. Find upcoming programs for all 17 library locations.
The Fort Worth Public Library added nearly 200,000 new items to the city’s collection and saw 3,050,185 items checked out. On Dec. 13, library patrons set a record by checking out more than 1 million books through the library’s online catalog.
Top titles, whether in print or digital, for 2021 included:
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