By Lois Ireland, DC/SLA Program Director
Eight DC/SLA members took on a different challenge recently, as they put their heads together to solve a murder.
Well, OK, it was a pretend murder but the search to uncover who dunnit required attention to detail, an ability to detect patterns in disparate things and good-natured teamwork – sounds like a typical librarian job description!
We joined a larger group at the National Gallery of Art (West) and listened as Sharlette from Watson Adventures described how a museum curator had been found in his office. Our job, she told us, was to use the clues he’d left behind to suss out the murderer and the motive. The group divided into 8 teams of 4 people, and set off through the galleries, finding answers hidden in the artwork. The 20 clues involved word play, a little history, a keen eye and some quick thinking to come up with the answers. Our 2 librarian teams, “Better Than Google” and “The Late and the Lost,” finished the search with a comfortable margin on the clock. When the score sheets were tallied, the DC/SLA teams were tied for first place. “The Late and the Lost” edged past “Better Than Google” after a tie-breaker question.
With congratulations all-round and medals to prove ourselves worthy of Nancy Drew’s admiration, the triumphant teams retired to Ella’s Wood-Fired Pizza for a celebratory dine-around. The decision was unanimous – this was a very fun way to explore the gallery and see the artwork in a different way. Watson Adventures also runs other scavenger hunts – check out their website. http://www.watsonadventures.
DC/SLA Scavenger Hunt Teams:
Better Than Google
- Beth Kirton-Crane
- Kate McNamara
- Cheri Widowski
- Susan Wright
The Late & The Lost
- Johnna Childs
- Lois Ireland
- Becky Steindorf
- Amy Taylor
Photos – the winner’s medal; attendees – Cheri Widowski, Susan Wright, Beth Kirton-Crane, Kate McNamara, Becky Steindorf, Lois Ireland, Johnna Childs, Amy Taylor