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May 1, 2013 — by Lisa Crowley
It started in March with “Lookin’ for Leprechauns” to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Then in April, it was “Signs of Spring” to encourage spring to make an appearance. Now, we are celebrating Mother’s Day with “Calling All Cartoon Moms.” This will be the third month of the scavenger hunt on the first floor. If you’re unaware of what I’m talking about, here’s the skinny:
Each month, the theme changes to reflect a holiday, a season, an event, etc. There are 10 items placed around the first floor. If you see the first floor Information Desk, you can pick up a game sheet. Write the names of the items on the designated spaces on the game sheet. Once you have found all 10 items, turn the sheet in to the first floor Information Desk and you will receive a coupon for a free book from The Book End.
So far, over 120 people have participated in the scavenger hunts since they started in March. The hunts are enjoyable for patrons of all ages. I try to select items to seek that both children and adults will recognize with books rewarded that both children and adults will enjoy.
Even though putting together each scavenger hunt is certainly fun, there is a larger reason behind the purpose. I try to incorporate our displays with the hunt. If patrons walk by our displays, the hope is that they stop and look to see what types of books are showcased and take the ones that look interesting to them. We have displays all along the outer walls of the first floor, two foyer displays in front of the first floor Information Desk, and mini-displays near the computers. The point of the scavenger hunt was to get patrons moving around the first floor, visiting sections they may not normally visit, and taking books that actually interest them. We always want to open patrons to new topics or ideas they may not be aware of.
“Calling All Cartoon Moms” centers on celebrating Mother’s Day. There are 10 famous cartoon moms hidden throughout the first floor. So, if you like winning a free book and exploring your local library, please come in and join the 120 + patrons who have already participated in the scavenger hunt at the library.