Saturday, April 30, 2011
Teen Live Clue @ Your Library
On Friday, May 13th ( Friday the 13th!!!) our library will be holding our second "Live Clue" @ the Library for teens grades 7-12. We ran our first Live Clue program in October of last year around Halloween - it was a big hit! All of our teens have been talking about it ever since and how much they loved it, so we thought - we HAVE to do this again!
I got the idea from the Young Adult Librarian I worked with at one of my previous libraries. She found out about Live Clue by reading library blogs and someone had posted their Live Clue event - so she tried it out!
Basically it is like playing the board game "Clue" but in the library moving from 'room' to 'room' (which in our case, because our library is so small, moving from the fiction to non-fiction, to young adult, to the reference desk, etc). We hold our program after hours, so play Live Clue in the dark library (we left the backroom lights on), and we pass out flashlights to each group of teens. We have 2-3 teens come an hour before to make body outlines on the floor using masking tape to mark each location, and they also hang caution tape all over the place.
We break the teens up into teams of 6 (as best we can, depending on numbers). We created cards with the usual suspects "Prof. Plum," "Mr. Green," etc., the usual weapons, and made room cards to go with the locations in the library. Each teen receives a folder with their 'clue cards' and a detective notebook so that can keep track of who they suspect. They travel from each area, taking turns to ask each player 'who they might suspect it to be' just like in the game 'Clue,' and the player will then show them their card if they have one.
Here's how our story goes....
Each of the clue characters has a secret: they’re very bad at returning library books on time. The Head Librarian has invited these six people to the library to discuss their long overdue books. Unbeknownst to her, each person would rather commit murder than return their books and has snuck a weapon into the library. Although everyone had murder on the brain, only one of them actually succeeded in killing the Head Librarian. Tonight you will become one of the Library Delinquents and it’s your job to find out who committed the crime, what weapon they used, and in what part of the library the murder occurred. Everyone’s a suspect, even you……
For timimg, we held our first Live Clue from 5:30pm-7:30pm. We had a pizza party from 5:30pm-6:00pm, but made sure we got started 6pm so we had enough time to play a full game, possibly two. We had two full teams going around the library at one time - each starting in a different location so we really didn't cross paths very much. My team took the whole time to finish our game, the other team finished early so they were able to play a second game. It all depends on how the guessing goes and how far the players get on their clues.
As a 'prize' we gave the teen who guessed the mystery correctly on each team a huge candy bar or huge box of movie candy. Something fun for being our winning detective. :-)
If anyone would be interested in receiving a copy of the instructions, or any other information - let me know! It's such a popular program with teens, you can't go wrong. I've also heard that other libraries have done 'theme' Live Clues, such as Twilight! Then you could change the characters, and the 'rooms' and be a little more creative with it!