Library hunt offers family fun

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 18, 2013

By Kimberly Hopson

DESTREHAN – The St. Charles Public Library’s Destrehan branch held its first ever Family Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, enabling residents to build their detective skills while learning more about what the library has to offer.
The event drew approximately 50 participants in a collection of 16 family teams. Each family who finished the scavenger hunt was entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire. Special guest Felecia Gomez-Walker, the superintendent of St. Charles Parish Public Schools, announced the winner of the drawing.
Families signed in to receive clues, then trolled the library’s website and free online databases and travelled around the library building, working together to find the answers. Public Relations and Adult Programming Librarian Lauren Campo Pitz said the library was full of families searching for answers for about two and a half hours. There were 50 clues total.
There were clues that asked participants to visit certain sections of the library, such as the fiction and nonfiction sections, the DVD area, meeting rooms, teen room and children’s room. Some clues asked for specific answers, while others just asked the families to list the name of a DVD that they wanted to watch together.
A popular section of the scavenger hunt highlighted objects in the library through close-up pictures and the families had to figure out what the objects were. Pitz said the Smith family of Destrehan was the winner of the Kindle Fire.
“Everyone had a great time and left the library knowing a little more about all of the fun and educational things that we have for all ages,” said Pitz.