Kids search for hidden treasure at Kent Memorial Library
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Wed., Jul. 31, 2013
Kent Memorial Library in Suffield hosted a special “Digging for Adventure” program on July 24. Children 3 to 5 years of age were offered the chance to find hidden treasure in the library at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.
Bev Sikes, of the children’s department at the library, explained that the children were following clues that were scattered throughout the library. “The children were given yellow hard hats and then asked to follow a treasure map that led them to climb under a table that posed as a cave and over wooden steps that substituted for a mountain. Then they went on an expedition through rows of book shelves that were paths through the jungle, and then they would exit through a blue paper waterfall,” said Sikes. “Finally, the children dug for buried treasure in a pile of sand that was surrounded by an ocean scene. The treasure that they discovered was a sand dollar.”
Program coordinator Diane Morse said that the children had a great time using their imaginations. “Both the morning group as well as the afternoon group loved it so much, that they insisted on doing it again,” said Morse. “This is what we like to see. The children are getting excited and having fun at the library. We encourage kids of all ages to come and find adventure in books, as well as the events that we offer.”
Nick Sinofsky was dressed as a pirate and was in search of his own treasure as well. The kids responded very well to Sinofsky.
This was an event that was well thought out and had many twists and turns for the children to follow. With clues posted throughout the library, such as pictures of the beach posted on the walls, the children could not wait for the next clue.
When the children got to the final stage of the treasure hunt, they were given pails and shovels. They dug through the sand to find the treasure. Each participant was able to find and keep a sand dollar.
To learn more about future events at the library, go to www.kentmemoriallibrary.org.