Camp out with a good book at the Stillwater Public Library

Story provided by Stillwater Public Library

Stillwater Public Library kicks off its annual winter reading program on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7-9 p.m. with “Family Fort Night.” The library will open its doors for this special after-hours event inviting people to come in, make blanket forts, and read their favorite books together. 

Individuals who come to “Family Fort Night” are encouraged to bring their own tent-making and “camp” supplies (blankets, pillows, flashlights, water bottles) and the library will provide a “make-your-own trail mix” station. 

“Family Fort Night” will also be an opportunity to register for the library’s winter reading program, “Winter Wilderness.”

“The Winter Reading Program is our way to encourage kids and teens to keep reading over the long winter holidays,” said Elizabeth Murray, children’s librarian. “It’s important that they stay in the reading habit to keep up their skills. Beyond that, though, we want to show kids, and remind adults, that reading can be relaxing and fun. Plus it can be a part of many other recreational activities—like camping!”

The winter reading program will run from Dec. 7 to Feb. 14. The goal is to read a little bit every single day (15 minutes a day is the suggested minimum). Readers can log the number of days they read online using Wandoo or with a paper tracker. 

“Winter Wilderness” participants will earn prizes for reading:

  • For every five days of reading, children will earn a small incentive prize. Teens and adults will earn an entry in the grand prize drawing.
  • For every 20 days of reading, children will choose a free book. Teens can choose a free book or a prize, and even adults will get a cool incentive.
  • At the end of the program, three lucky readers will win $50 gift cards to Bliss Books, one name randomly drawn from entries in each age group.

The winter reading program is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

For more information about “Winter Wilderness” or the “Family Fort Night” event, visit the library website at, email [email protected] or call the Help Desk at (405) 372-3633 x8106.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.