This time I wanted to give the kids something fun and different to do in the library that didn't involve making a paper sheep or a dancing leprechaun. I choose The Adventures of Beekle: An Unimaginary Friend as my subject, both because it recently was awarded the Caldecott Medal and also because Beekle is just too cute not to appear in a library program.
I took ten Beekle pictures and printed them large enough to be easily visible from fairly far away - about six pictures to a standard sheet of paper. I posted these pictures around the children's area of the library, always in places where kids could see them, but usually in places where they would not end up being moved, either accidentally or intentionally. I made a check sheet with smaller versions of the same pictures so kids could keep track of which ones they'd found. Then I used a large board near the children's reference desk to explain the scavenger hunt. Kids could take a sheet and a golf pencil and hunt around the children's section of the library to try and find Beekle. There was no prize for finishing; rather it was a fun activity to do while in the library that hopefully would encourage the children to look in different parts of the children's department and might even get their parents involved.
|The big sign says, "Can you find Beekle?"|
This week I have observed multiple children using the Beekle scavenger hunt, and I have also seen them drag their parent/guardian into the hunt as well, usually with cries of, "But I just need to find two more!" When they turn in their papers, I congratulate them on a job well done and offer them a high-five. I will definitely use this program again as it gets people walking around the library and talking about books and enjoying their time here. Smiling, happy patrons are patrons who will return.
Have you ever done a scavenger hunt in your library?