Throwback Thursday: Buddy Reading Tent!

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Library Throwback Thursday

Here’s a throwback to August 2012, when I created a buddy reading center in a tent to match my library’s camping theme. This year, if you follow me on Pinterest, you may have seen that I’m working on a superhero theme for this year. So this camping tent will become a bat cave.

Here’s what I said,  two years ago…

I want to share one of my new centers with you. You may remember that I have a goal this year of making reading fun for my students, and I have a camping theme in our library. So, what could be better than a TENT to read in!

Now, I was a little worried about having an actual, completely enclosed tent, where you can’t see what’s going on inside. No, thank you. But I found this beach cabana on Amazon for about $35, and the front is completely open. You can also see through the sides.

Our reading cabana is almost 7 feet wide, and about 4 feet deep. It was not hard to assemble, especially if you have a handy parent volunteer, and it does not have to be staked into the ground. It just sits on the carpet. I placed mine at the end of the computer carrels, so that traffic can flow around it.
School Library Tent
I put 3 of my blue backjack chairs from Highsmith inside the tent. (The color matches almost like I planned it that way, but I didn’t.) And I put a sign at the top of the tent,  visible to ALL who enter, limiting the tent to 3 readers at a time, with a level 1 voice.
buddy reading tent sign

I haven’t started seeing students yet, but the teachers are ready to crawl in and enjoy a good book. I know that this will help make special library memories for our students!

So, I wonder what you’re doing in your library. How do you make YOUR reading centers special?

p.s.–this tent was a big hit. I can’t wait to set it up again!

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