Where it all began...

Monday, August 30, 2010

Librarian: Thank you all for playing!

This is only the 2nd year that we have launched an online game in conjunction with our Summer Reading program and I want to thank all of you for playing (and being our Guinea pigs)!

We hope to see you again next year!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Caroline: Feel bad for our supervisors/Goodbye!

Hey guys!

Sorry for being M.I.A. part of this summer, but I really was trying to figure out who this freak was (no offense, MH!). Guess it doesn't matter now that he made a break out. That's right; when we came in this morning, our literary intruder was nowhere to be found. And while the librarians say he's gone back to his book, I have my doubts.

Thanks for playing this summer and be sure to feel bad for the librarians who had to supervise us!!!

Kitty: ILY

Goodbye, everybody
I've got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth.

Bye guys! I had fun this summer. I'll miss you all and if you see a person in strange clothes running around the county be sure to post.

(Also, if you see an anvil laying around the library, DON"T TOUCH IT!! I have to leave it there untill I can find a way to get it back to it's owner. I really hope he's forgiven me about his garage.)

<3 Kitty


Both Katie and Matt T. came up with our Mystery Guest's identity!  Congratulations and spend those golden $100 Library Bucks wisely :)

The Mystery Guest was: the Mad Hatter from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  

Even though he was protesting madly (ha!), once we knew who he was, and Caroline found his hat, he had no choice but to get back in his book! Whew!

Although the volunteers swear they saw him sneak back out ...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Librarian: Examining the Clues

First, let's look at the logo for the Mystery Guest game...

The web address is written in a circle and slightly resembles a hole in the ground. Inside the circle, there is a pocket watch that has stopped at 6:00 and the logo that looks a little like the letters M & H mashed together.

Kyra mentioned his old fashioned clothes and "proper" speech. Indicating that the character is well... not from around here. And is most likely from another time period.

Alyson dropped a hint when she talked about the lure she used for her box trap. She mentioned that he likes tea ... a lot.

Challenge #2 was important because of the setting: Victorian London. Somewhere you might find old-fashioned clothing and proper speech... unless you are Scarper from Montmorency.

The clue that I dropped was that he sang the wrong lyrics to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. He was singing: Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you're at!

And lastly, Caroline is on the hunt for a specific hat. Something like this:

But it is missing one major piece, something that can be seen in the original logo for the game:
Do you see it? That little card stuck in the hat that has a 10/6 on it? That's important!
If you think you know the Mystery Guest, please email me! There is still time to get $100 Library Bucks!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Librarian: A really BIG hint

Here is one last hint to the Mystery Guest's identity.

This was the original logo for the game:

Monday, August 16, 2010

Caroline: I found it!

I found the Mystery Guest's hat but he insists it is still missing something ...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Librarian: 2 Little Hints

It's your friendly neighborhood librarian here, just sharing two more hints to the identity of our Mystery Guest.

First, you may have noticed (or maybe not) the use of clocks and mention of time in several of our videos and blog posts. These have not been random comments or images.

Second, the old fashioned clothes and the talking proper (that Kyra mentioned here) indicates that the character may be ... well, classic. So you might want to check out this list. (And just so you are not confused the titles in red are ones that Wikipedia highlighted not me.)

Good Luck!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Librarian: The Grande Finale Challenge a.k.a. the $100 Library Buck Challenge

Throughout the game, we have been dropping clues about the Mystery Guest. I can't tell you what the clues are specifically, but here are some things to think about:

The logo for the Mystery Guest game...

Kyra mentions his old fashioned clothes here.

Alyson drops a few hints when she tries to capture the Mystery Guest in a box trap.

Challenge #2 was important. And while something about the book is important, it is not necessarily the title, author or character.

Oh, and I dropped a clue in my Clues, Clues, and More Clues post.

And lastly, Caroline is on the hunt for a specific hat. That's a big clue!

When you think you have the name of our Mystery Guest, email me for a chance to win $100 Library Bucks. And if you give me the author and title too, I'll throw in some extra prizes too!

REMEMBER: You only get ONE chance to guess! So make sure you consider all the clues carefully!

Caroline Returns!

Where has Caroline been? On the search for something specific...

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Librarian: Choose Your Own Ending (aka Challenge #5)

Summer Reading is almost over! Can you believe it? And since answer to Challenge #3 had to do with one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, I thought we might do something similar to what Neil Gaiman did on Twitter (but we won't be using Twitter). He started a story on Twitter by only writing the first sentence. He then asked others to continue the story. If you have ever used Twitter, you know that you are limited to 140 characters. So basically, each person added a sentence to the story. Pretty groovy, right?

So I'm going to start a story here.  You can add a sentence (or two) through the comments. Again, prizes will be award to random posts/commenters. Since it is almost the end of Summer Reading, and I want to make sure you would get your prizes/Library Bucks, I think I'll close the story on Wednesday 8/11.  Let's see what kind of weird story we can create in that time. And for this challenge, you can comment more than once (that also increases your chances of winning something!).

So here it goes:
When I woke up on Thursday morning, my cat was speaking to me.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Librarian: Winner for Challenge #3

Congrats to Katie for winning Challenge #3!

The answers are:
Character: Nobody "Bod" Owens
Book: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman

Another Challenge done... now what's next, do you suppose?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Librarian: Clues, Clues and More Clues!

But no blue clues :)

First, we have no winner for Challenge #3! Can you believe that? In case you've forgotten, Challenge #3 went something like this:
This missing character grew up in a strange place and learned things no normal kid knows. His friends and family may be scary to us, but he's safer withthem than anywhere beyond the walls of his home. Someone in the his book is still looking for him, so if you see him, tell him Jack called.

So here's the first clue: this book can be found on the Newbery Award winners shelf in the Young Adult Fiction section.
Next, for Challenge #4, only Matt T. and Gracie S. participated! So both of you get a $10 gift card to iTunes! Let me know via email what Carroll County Public Library branch you visit & I'll send it to you there.
And the last clue is that the last time I saw the Mystery Guest, I would swear that he was singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star ... but I don't think he knows the right lyrics.