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Creating Original Murder Mysteries in the Library

Skull Photo by Bistrian Iosip on Unsplash

Mystery events are a fun and creative way to highlight library spaces and resources, as well as create interesting and memorable experiences for users.

While you can always invest in pre-made “Mystery in a Box” games or hunt down online kits, there is great enjoyment in designing your own custom mystery, for both the participants and the design team. It also allows you to incorporate the use of library resources and spaces in an educational and informative way (all under the guise of mystery-filled fun).

Murder in the Library

The murder suspects

We recently started an annual murder mystery program in our library, inviting patrons to both witness and interact with the drama as it unfolds.  

After purchasing a murder mystery kit online and enlisting the performance skills of local actors and library staff, the program came together fairly easily. The event attracted 100 participants, appealing especially to our senior patrons. 

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