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Thursday, October 3 • 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Escape Rooms: How to Use Puzzles and Pop Culture to Create Multi-Generational Programs

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We will go over the basics of designing an escape room from scratch—everything from creating a narrative, to utilizing supplies already on hand, to working with unique spaces. Then, we will explore ways to adapt rooms, using the same story line and props, to appeal to various age groups.

The first part of our presentation will cover the basics of designing an original escape room. We will offer tips for selecting a fandom, creating a narrative, and mapping out the space. Then, we will delve deeper into the cognitive advantages of escape rooms and how they can be used to create multi-generational programs. We will discuss the benefits of using one space for multiple programs and how to adapt puzzles to fit varying levels of ability. We will talk about our experience planning and hosting a Stranger Things escape room for teens and adults, share what we learned, and what we hope to do better in the future. This presentation is meant to go beyond creating escape rooms and examine how staff can increase efficiency and program attendance by appealing to all ages.

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Genevieve McCleeary

Information Services Librarian, Des Moines Public Library
Genevieve McCleeary received her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2018. She has been a part of the Des Moines Public Library since 2015. She was formerly in charge of teen programs and collection development at the Central branch, but has recently... Read More →
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Katie Bliss

Adult Services Librarian, Des Moines Public Library
Katie Bliss is an Adult Services Librarian at the Central branch of the Des Moines Public Library. Katie received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in 2015. She has been working in libraries since 2013. 

Thursday October 3, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm CDT
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