FRAMINGHAM – A dozen MetroWest libraries hosted their first-ever collaborative scavenger hunt, referred to as a “library crawl,” yesterday, August 1.
The scavenger hunt, which started at 10 a.m. and went until 5 p.m. included a total of 12 libraries in 8 different towns.
The towns included Natick, Dover, Sherborn, Wayland, Wellesley, Framingham, Sudbury, and Weston.
Participants were given a handout with instructions that explained what they had to search for at each library. Once locating said item, partakers had to take a picture with that item to record their findings.
Though participants were encouraged to visit as many libraries as possible, once they had visited five libraries and documented their findings, they received a prize for their hard work. The prize was a free t-shirt.
As the library crawl was self-guided, participants were permitted to start and end their adventure the library of their choosing.
At each stop (library) along the way, partakers were given information about the resources that each individual library provided. The scavenger hunt was not only a fun activity for children, adults, and families alike, but it was also an opportunity for people to learn more about their local libraries and what they have to offer.
The McAuliffe Branch Library in Framingham was quiet around 1:30 p.m., though at that time the librarians, including a librarian named Jennifer, had recorded that three participants who had stopped by on their scavenger hunt. According to Jennifer, at the McAuliffe library, partakers were assigned to take a photo in front of the commemorative Christa McAuliffe wall.
At the Goodnow Library in Sudbury, 11 participants had already stopped by at 1:45 p.m. At the Goodnow library, participants had to find and take a picture in front of the “sheep painting.” Brenda, one of the librarians at Goodnow, said that surprisingly, none of the people who had stopped by up to that point were from Sudbury.
She also noted one particularly excited group of scavenger hunt participants, a mother and her two children, who had planned their whole Tuesday around the activity. In fact, the mother had mapped out the route to all 12 libraries on Google Maps and even picked a place where the trio could stop for lunch during their adventure.
At the Morse Institute Library in Natick, scavenger hunt partakers had different assignments depending on their age. Children were assigned to find and take a picture in front of the castle in the Children’s Room, whereas adults were assigned to find and take a picture in front of the periodicals hall with the old building as the backdrop.
At 2 p.m. the Natick library had quite a few participants excitedly waiting in line to receive prizes and handouts for their participation in the scavenger hunt. Some libraries, the Morse Institute Library included, had refreshments and cookies available for the partakers.