Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt

Summer Reading is in full swing! The Youth Services staff is so excited to see all the readers signing up for the reading program.

We truly have something for everyone. In addition to the reading program, we also have several events that patrons can attend at the library from weekly storytimes, school age programs, teen programs, and our big performers.

We also have a weekly scavenger hunt that is celebrating its fifth year this summer!

In 2013, Miss Hannah had a wild idea to do away with the weekly goody bag prizes and pool that money for one BIG prize. She sat down and brainstormed different ideas that would still encourage weekly visits to the library. Digging for Treasure was born!

It was wildly successful. Kids had a blast finding little Gnomington the Gnome all over the library. Miss Hannah lost count of the number of entry forms she copied, but it was well into the 1000s. One lucky family took home a WiiU.

In 2014, Derby kids hunted for Adam the Atom. In 2015, they searched for Read the SuperOwl. And last year they searched for ninjas colored by the rainbow. Three more WiiUs found happy homes with their new families.

This year, there’s puzzle pieces hiding. The Youth Services staff is asking kids to “Build a Better World” and find all 8 missing puzzle pieces. One lucky kiddo and family will go home with a new Nintendo Switch!

Miss Hannah is a nostalgic librarian and keeps all past years’ scavenger hunt subjects on her desk. She looks forward to many future years of summer reading library scavenger hunts. What will hide next year?

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Author: Hannah Adamson

I'm the Youth Services Coordinator for Derby Public Library. I do all the boss lady things for our Youth Services department, as well as conduct our Preschool Storytimes.

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