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Family Reading Forts San Carlos Library Week of the Family

Family Reading Forts: Cozy Fun Corners for Young Bookworms

January 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The excitement is palpable as the San Carlos School District kicks off its Read-a-Thon for students! This weekend, the Children’s Room at the San Carlos Library transforms into a haven of imagination and literacy with “Family Reading Forts.” Drop in anytime to construct your very own reading nook using blankets, cardboard boxes, cushions, and, of course, a plethora of captivating books. It’s an invitation to get cozy, unleash your creativity, and embark on a reading adventure that promises to add extra hours to those cherished reading logs.

Building Magical Moments:

In the heart of the San Carlos Library, something enchanting is happening. Families are coming together to construct personalized reading forts, turning ordinary corners into magical realms of literary exploration. It’s more than just a weekend activity; it’s an opportunity to build lasting memories and cultivate a love for reading.

What to Expect at Family Reading Forts:

  1. Blankets and Cushions Galore: Step into the Children’s Room, and you’ll be greeted by a sea of blankets and cushions, just waiting to be transformed into cozy reading havens. The options are as varied as the stories that await, allowing each family to create a space that reflects their unique style.
  2. Cardboard Box Creations: Cardboard boxes become the building blocks of imagination. With a touch of creativity, these humble boxes are transformed into forts, castles, spaceships, or secret hideouts. The possibilities are limited only by the imaginations of the young builders.
  3. A Library of Books: No reading fort is complete without a selection of captivating books. The Children’s Room is stocked with stories that cater to every interest and age group. From whimsical picture books to thrilling adventures for older readers, there’s a book for every young bookworm.
  4. Drop-In Anytime: The beauty of Family Reading Forts lies in its flexibility. Drop in anytime during the weekend to embark on your fort-building adventure. Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, the Children’s Room is ready to welcome you whenever inspiration strikes.

The Joy of Read-a-Thon:

  1. Reading Nooks and Reading Logs: As students participate in the Read-a-Thon, Family Reading Forts offer an exciting way to add extra hours to their reading logs. Each cozy nook becomes a personal haven where pages are turned, characters come to life, and young minds are transported to new worlds.
  2. Quality Family Time: Family Reading Forts transcend the act of reading; they become spaces for quality family time. As parents, siblings, and even grandparents gather to construct and share these cozy corners, they create bonds that extend beyond the pages of a book.
  3. Building Literacy Skills: The act of reading together in a cozy fort goes beyond the joy of the moment; it contributes to the development of essential literacy skills. From vocabulary expansion to comprehension and critical thinking, each shared story adds a layer of learning to the experience.
  4. Fostering a Love for Reading: Family Reading Forts are not just about meeting reading goals; they’re about fostering a lifelong love for reading. By creating an environment where reading is associated with warmth, comfort, and joy, these forts lay the foundation for a positive attitude towards books.

How to Make the Most of Family Reading Forts

  1. Bring Your Imagination: Come with an open mind and a sprinkle of imagination. Family Reading Forts are a canvas for creativity, so don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild.
  2. Explore Different Themes: Experiment with different themes for your reading fort. Whether it’s a jungle adventure, an underwater escapade, or a journey to outer space, let the chosen theme guide your fort construction.
  3. Encourage Book Choices: Encourage each family member to choose a book for the reading session. Having a mix of stories ensures that everyone gets to enjoy a tale that resonates with their interests.
  4. Capture the Moment: Bring a camera or use your smartphone to capture the magic of Family Reading Forts. These snapshots become cherished memories that you can revisit and share with friends and family.


As the San Carlos School District Read-a-Thon unfolds, Family Reading Forts emerge as cozy havens where stories come alive, and the joy of reading takes center stage. Drop into the Children’s Room at the San Carlos Library, and together, let’s construct not just forts but moments of shared delight and literary exploration. Get ready to cozy up, dive into captivating tales, and build family traditions that celebrate the magic of reading.


This event is part of the San Carlos Week of the Family. For more events, please visit their website.

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January 28
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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