Make the Library Fun Again
Let’s face it – library tours and brief orientation “lectures” are dull, dull, dull. Try something new, Library Scavenger Hunt.
The entertainment value of a scavenger hunt also serves three purposes:
- introduces the public to the library as a place
- creates awareness of library services and friendly staff
and provides a bonding experience for the library staff
This Wen site scavenger-hunt-fun.com has many fun and interesting ideas on how to make clues.
Tips for having a successful Scavenger Hunt
- Enthusiasm starts at the top so get your library director on board
- Be age specific – have several if needed
- Time: It takes a major commitment to plan and carry out a successful scavenger hunt, so start early and be prepared to work
- Use a committee with a mix of creative and organized personalities
- No idea is too outrageous during planning
- Select your most outgoing staff to greet the public and explain the hunt procedures and to wish them well as they leave.
- Don’t try and include too much in the hunt, keep it simple
- Make signs, offbeat signs, to advertise
- Clues: Keep them short and simple; people don’t read much.
- Start PR early to let people know what you’re planning.
- Create different versions of the hunt questions so participants will be spread out over the library; you don’t want 20 people converging at a service point at the same time
- Small freebies add a fun element Possibilities: bookmarks, pencils, wristbands, erasers shaped like books, items with your library logo.
- Involve all staff to help with the hunt itself. Sell it as a fun activity, not a burden. Add a free tee-shirt if you can
- Encourage feedback to improve for next time