Hosting A Library Mystery

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VOYA - Elsworth Rockefeller
For anyone planning to host a library mystery program, this book is indispensable. Well organized and comprehensively indexed, the text is broken into two sections: Writing, Preparing, and Hosting and Sample Scripts. The reader is first taken through a detailed, step-by-step description of exactly how to create a mystery script, including clearly listing ways mystery scripts can be used to teach or reinforce information-seeking skills and a particularly helpful section on adapting the scripts to fit different facilities. Impressive and thoughtful details include a "Mystery Event Checklist," which lists items most event planners would overlook, such as "tiebreaker" and "time filler," and examples of library mystery event rules. The second part offers sample scripts for these types of events: Orientation Tour, Discipline-Specific, Character-Driven, Deduction, and Tween Patron. The straightforward, easy-to-use format lends itself to both cover-to-cover reading and quick, on-the-fly lookups. The writing is light and engaging, and the author shows a refreshing passion for her subject. Humor is used throughout, and graphs, charts, and examples are well integrated into the text, resulting in an all-inclusive and enjoyable package. Solid editing and a wealth of examples add to the value of this slim volume. A great tool for librarians looking to explore the idea of library mystery programs as well as professionals who have been hosting them for years, this book is a good fit for professional development collections at all types of libraries. Reviewer: Elsworth Rockefeller
School Library Journal
Karle has written and hosted six successful library mysteries that serve as an orientation to the library and staff members, provide a tour of the library, and offer instruction concerning the use of library resources. Preparation begins with discerning the purpose of the event, the theme, the goals, and the resources needed. Clues are researched and written based on the presentation of the mystery, which may involve role playing by staff and participants as individuals or in teams. The text provides sample grids to track the location and sequence of clues with instructions detailing the structure of each clue and the leads to the next one. Suggestions are made for promotion, physical surroundings, registration details, staff, props, decorations, prizes, and certificates, followed by a sample event checklist. Stolen Painting Mystery, an orientation tour; Salem Witch Trials Mystery, a psychology discipline script; Unfriendly Friends, a character-driven script; Merlin's Minions, a deduction script; and Treasure Island, a tween patron script, are intriguing, and the fun sample scripts are adaptable for individual libraries. This complete and enthusiastic guide is recommended for any academic, school, or public library interested in library mystery programming.—Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838909867
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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