Families build cardboard forts at Wauconda library

 
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Updated 7/16/2018 9:11 PM
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  • Gabriel Kruzich, left, and his brother Ethaniel Kruzich, both from Montana, are visiting family in Wauconda and participated in Monday night's Second Annual Family Fort Build at the Wauconda Area Library. The group built the Sears Tower as their official entry.

      Gabriel Kruzich, left, and his brother Ethaniel Kruzich, both from Montana, are visiting family in Wauconda and participated in Monday night's Second Annual Family Fort Build at the Wauconda Area Library. The group built the Sears Tower as their official entry. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Matt Hoffman of Wauconda sets the roof in place as his wife, Janet, and son, Trevor, tend to the duct tape during Monday nights's Second Annual Family Fort Build at the Wauconda Area Library.

      Matt Hoffman of Wauconda sets the roof in place as his wife, Janet, and son, Trevor, tend to the duct tape during Monday nights's Second Annual Family Fort Build at the Wauconda Area Library. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Two-year-old Benny Rebmann of Wauconda lends his family a hand during Monday nights's Second Annual Family Fort Build at the Wauconda Area Library.

      Two-year-old Benny Rebmann of Wauconda lends his family a hand during Monday nights's Second Annual Family Fort Build at the Wauconda Area Library. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Ashley Wydra of McHenry picks out pieces of cardboard for her family during Monday nights's Second Annual Family Fort Build at the Wauconda Area Library.

      Ashley Wydra of McHenry picks out pieces of cardboard for her family during Monday nights's Second Annual Family Fort Build at the Wauconda Area Library. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Creativity reigned Monday night as the Wauconda Area Library held its second annual fort building contest.

Eight families participated in the event.

The library provided cardboard and duct tape for basic building, but participants were encouraged to bring fabric, stickers and other supplies from home to make their fortifications stand out.

First-, second- and third-place trophies were awarded with judges looking at rules compliance, overall construction and original design. Ice cream gift cards were also given to the winners.

Patty Gmitrovic, the programming coordinator for the library's Kid City department, called the event a fun, hands-on building activity that focused on teamwork and engineering.

It also got kids and parents to unplug from our digitally dependent world, Gmitrovic said.

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