A Night in the Library

What do scavenger hunts, book buffets, a green dragon, cheese pizzas, reading nooks, Harry Potter, stuffed animals and read-alouds have in common? A Night in the Library, of course!

The night was dark, but the lights were on in the LRC Library Thursday night as the winners of upper elementary C4K Read-a-thon (students in Ms. Liptrot’s Year 5 class) gathered for a fun-filled evening. Ms. Donna and Ms. Lehman, chaperones for the event, joined the students in their first experience of spending the night surrounded by thousands of books.

IMG_1598After dark, students divided into teams on a scavenger hunt to follow the trail of over 40 hints hidden throughout the library. A nail-biting search among the many books that held puzzle pieces eventually lead them Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 12.33.07 PMto a riddle. The activity felt more like a relay race than a problem-solving game as children ran back and forth yelling to their teammates. Groups of students could be seen sprinting, out-of-breath, from book shelf to book shelf, looking for clues that would finally lead them to the green dragon’s den. Dewey the Dragon was found!

IMG_0158 (1)Then it was time to brush their teeth and head to bed. The sun rose the next morning to the sight of dozing children near the bookshelves, snug in their sleeping bags. A few yawns later, the sleepy-eyed children gathered for juice and donuts, packed up their belongings and headed down to the front gate meet their parents.

The children had left their mark: piles of books,  loose coloring pencils, a forgotten sock, a few scattered crumbs from morning donuts. This is the way libraries should be. In the words of Lemony Snicket, “A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.”

Happy reading from the staff in the LRC Library, applauding the inventor of night lights and supporting those readers everywhere who read their books long into the night.