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Kids Search the Spaceways for Treasure

in our NEW InterACTIVE  library adventure:

















They reveal hidden clues, solve baffling riddles, unlock buried secrets, follow mysterious trails,

and overcome challenging obstacles to recover a priceless alien artifact!


7 -15 year old Space Cadets build observation, puzzle solving, and research skills as they search for clues that lead to the lost treasure. They employ deductive reasoning, find and utilize knowledge about outer space, work cooperatively, and track down books of all different kinds - all by themselves! 

Everyone has their own items to find and proceeds at their own pace.

So EVERYONE SUCCEEDS, and helps to uncover the alien treasure!


A Hands-on Activity That Delights Everyone -



The program is active and engaging: the KIDS are the stars of the show!



There is no required set-up on your part: our program performer provides all materials, preparation, and clean up.



Accommodates different levels of ability: There is no competing and every child proceeds at his or her own pace. It is designed to last one hour, but can be shortened or extended to meet your needs.



Kids learn to use the library catalog, decipher coded instructions, utilize deductive reasoning, and work cooperatively.




What Happens in Space Quest:

  1. Before children arrive -- Cards containing coded clues are hidden throughout Children’s Library aisles and shelves. Decoders, detective notepads, and clue holders are set up for distribution to participants.  Placards and puzzle elements which serve as direction signs during the search will be posted in various locations. All materials and preparation are provided by our activity facilitator.

  2. Once all participants are present -- The activity begins when the Space Marshal (facilitator) introduces himself and asks for help finding an alien treasure that is hidden somewhere the library. Children practice some observation skills exercises, and then use their observation and detection skills to reveal the first set of clues.

  3. Groups are formed -- Participants are divided into groups of 3 or 4, and each group is provided with one of the clues, a Clue Decoder card, a Clue Clip, and a Clue Recorder notebook. Every member of the group is assigned a task – Clue Master, Clue Decoder, Clue Recorder, or Clue Seeker, and for successive clues the tasks are rotated so that each participant has a turn at every task. Each clue, once decoded, tells the group which book holds their next clue, and provides a piece of information that will help them identify, locate, and utilize the hidden treasure.

  4. The Search Begins -- Participants search the children’s library to find each successive clue and decode its secret information. Every group has its own set of clues to find – there is never any competing over clues and everyone always succeeds! The facilitator demonstrates (when necessary) how to use the library catalog, Dewey Decimal System, and shelving structure to locate the books they seek.

  5. The Finale -- When the time period is nearly over, the groups gather together to share their decoded clues, assemble the secret messages, deduce the hiding place of the treasure, and map out the way to its secret location. Everyone searches together until the treasure is discovered, and then they are sworn in as Junior Space Cadets, and rewarded with their own Space Cadet Badges!

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