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Event Name:Escape Room in the Library! Building an escape room with kids in your library

Over several months in 2016, Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City, NE (pop. 7,200) led a group of kids in building a fully-functioning escape room in the library. This project—supported by a Curiosity Creates grant awarded by the Association for Library Service to children (ALSC) from funds donated by Disney—brought together kids and community members every weekend for four months to learn about puzzle design, develop a story, and build an escape room in an old storage room in the library. The project ended with a pizza party—while the city mayor and his family attempted to solve the puzzles and escape the room in under an hour.

The project has been featured in Library Journal’s Programs That Pop series, and an article outlining the project was published in the In the Library with the Lead Pipe online journal. The presenters will provide background on escape rooms, share their experience working with kids to build one, and will give recommendations on how to embark on a similar project in your own library on a shoestring budget.

Rasmus Thoegersen is the Executive Director of the Museum of Danish America. Previously, he was the Library Director for the Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City, NE. 

Jennifer Thoegersen, Data Curation Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, consults with researchers on data management issues and contributes to the preservation of digital assets at UNL Libraries. In 2013, Thoegersen contributed to the open source digital library project Greenstone as part of a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Waikato.

Event Date:07-19-17
Event Time:01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Eastern
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Contact Person:Melissa Lattanzi
(phone: 330-655-0531)
Details:Competency:  Programming

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