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Families fill forts at library

The Halvorson family shares a laugh as they notice the static electricity caused by their fort during Family Fort Night at the Mount Royal Duluth Public Library. From left to right; Brianna, mother, Finn, 6, Max, 2, Bode, 4, and Scott Halvorson, father. (Photo by Teri Cadeau)1 / 3
Crystal Westberg reads "Harry the Dirty Dog" to 5-year-old Alexandria Stoeke during Family Fort Night at the Mount Royal branch of the Duluth Public Library on April 5. (Photo by Teri Cadeau)2 / 3
Kelly Kleven reads "Bear's Day Out" to 3-year-old Aili during the Family Fort Night at the Mount Royal Duluth Public Library. (Photo by Teri Cadeau)3 / 3

The Blue Room at the Mount Royal Duluth Public Library branch was filled with families snuggled into forts Wednesday evening for Family Fort Night.

Families were encouraged to build forts from sheets, chairs, plastic table cloths, blankets and clothes pins. After building a fort, children picked out books to read with their parents by flashlight.

"I always liked building forts when I was a kid," said library technician Carrie Boberg. "So we thought this would be a good program for families. They get to spend time building their own cozy fort and then read together. It's great to see families interact with the library this way."

The program is one of several to utilize the new "Blue Room" space that opened this past summer after the library's remodel.

"We never would have had the space to do something like this before," Boberg said. "We'd do some programming in the children's area like a weekly storytime, but never something like this."

The space has also allowed the library to plan more programming for adults, such as lectures, book clubs and classes.

"I think the best part of tonight is hearing the sound of all these books being read. You can just hear the murmur of all these wonderful stories being told," Boberg said.

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Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.

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