THE CASE OF THE

MISSING LIBRARIAN

A Summer of .

Can YOU solve the Case of the Missing Librarian? Stop in to your library to get your official detective notebook & the first week’s clue. Solve new clues each week & record your answers in your detective notebook. Miss a week? No problem, we can catch you up! 

The best part? You get to create a cumulative keepsake using STEM & craft activities!

Check-in times are available each week for help & hints to solve the case. Track your reading online or on your mobile device with Reader Zone, & record your minutes in your detective notebook. You also have the opportunity to get a scratch-off ticket each time you visit your library for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Summer @ Your ORLA Library

Registration

Get started on your mystery by filling out our quick & easy registration form! Having a library card is not required to register.

Register Now

Summer @ Your ORLA Library

Track Your Reading

Track your minutes read online or on your mobile device by using Reader Zone. Make sure to use our group code!

Start Tracking

Solve the clues.

Each week, solve the clues below in your quest to find the librarian. Clues will become available for all age groups on Monday of each week. Miss a week? No problem! Clues will remain available until the end of August. Feeling stuck? Call or visit your library for a hint!

It’s the very first day of Summer @ Your ORLA Library! You can’t wait to see what the librarian, Libby Boocks, has in store. Although times have been different this past year, you know she’ll think of something fun! Today, she’s told everyone to meet outside on the front steps and you are so excited! But something’s not right. The library looks dark, and there’s no sign of Ms. Boocks. And what’s that on the door? A note from the librarian – it reads “I’ll be back in a few minutes”. Other participants are still showing up, it’s not quite time to start yet…but 15 minutes pass and there’s still no sign of Ms. Boocks. What’s keeping her?

Week #1 Clue

This clue is NOW AVAILABLE! Flip the box to get started solving this week's mystery.

What's the Phone #?

Maybe you should try calling the library. The only problem is, you can't remember the last four digits of the number!

Get Started

Week #2 Clue

This clue is NOW AVAILABLE! Flip the box to get started solving this week's mystery.

Where's the Key?

Oh, no, straight to voicemail...what now? It's not like Ms. Boocks to not be where she said she would be. You decide to look into matters on your own, but the library door is locked! You just need the key to the library. That can't be too hard to find, right?

Get Started

Week #3 Clue

This clue is NOW AVAILABLE! Flip the box to get started solving this week's mystery.

Where are the Lights?

You excitedly unlock the door, ready to rush inside and find out what's held up Ms. Boocks for so long. But...it's pitch black inside! Unfortunately, you've never paid attention to where the light switches are. Can you make your way through the dark to find the lights?

Get Started

Week #4 Clue

This clue is NOW AVAILABLE! Flip the box to get started solving this week's mystery.

Where to Now?

Now that you can see, you'll be able to find Ms. Boocks, or at least some more clues! After a quick search of your surroundings, everything seems to be normal. But out of the corner of your eye, you see something on the floor...there are books scattered all over! Nothing else is amiss, so why are these here?

Get Started

Week #5 Clue

This clue is NOW AVAILABLE! Flip the box to get started solving this week's mystery.

Which Door to Open?

You took the elevator to the basement. It's cold & musty, but you're trying not to be scared. There seem to be several different paths to take... There are so many doors to choose from! You can't decide, but then...what was that? You heard something! What door did that noise come from?

Get Started

Week #6 Clue

This clue is NOW AVAILABLE! Flip the box to get started solving this week's mystery.

How Can She Get Out?

You start to open the door, & you hear Ms. Boocks cry out "You found me!". But as the door fully opens, you can't see Ms. Boocks anywhere. She seems to be trapped! "Over here!", she calls. You turn toward the sound of her voice & your heart sinks. This is a big job - can you free her?

Get Started

Need some help?

If you’re puzzled by something, we can help! Stop by your library during a scheduled check-in time for some extra assistance on solving a clue, & pick up your next clue while you’re there! Check-ins are on an as-needed basis. You are not required to come or stay for the entire time, but please drop in if you need help! NOTE: Specific check-in times below are for Oil City Library. For help at the Cooperstown Public Library, please feel free to stop in anytime during open hours!

AGE GROUP Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AGES 5-8
1:30PM - 2:30PM (Activity Help)
1:30PM - 2:30PM (Clue Help)
AGES 9-12
3:00PM - 4:00PM (Activity Help)
3:00PM - 4:00PM (Clue Help)
TEENS
3:00PM - 5:00PM
ADULTS
5:30PM - 7:30PM

DETECTIVE DAYS (ages 3-5)

For the younger sleuths! Practice your puzzle-solving skills with Spot the Difference puzzles, I Spy searches, and more! As you complete each puzzle, you’ll be given pieces to build your very own Detective Kit to keep. Track your reading using your Library’s log or Reader Zone!

Week #1 Activity

This activity is NOW AVAILABLE! Flip the box to get started solving this week's mystery.

Search & Find

This activity helps build memory & vocabulary skills for preschoolers as they recognize & remember the images! In addition, search & find activities help strengthen visual discrimination skills in young children.

Get Started

Week #2 Activity

This activity is NOW AVAILABLE! Flip the box to get started solving this week's mystery.

Solve the Maze

Mazes help boost problem solving skills and patience for preschoolers. They also help improve hand-eye coordination!

Get Started

Week #3 Activity

This activity is NOW AVAILABLE! Flip the box to get started solving this week's mystery.

Spot the Difference

This activity promotes observational skills and can also help improve concentration!

Get Started

Week #4 Activity

This activity is NOW AVAILABLE! Flip the box to get started solving this week's mystery.

Color By Number

This activity is a great way to practice number recognition and fine motor skills! Practice letter writing by helping your child write what the picture revealed.

Get Started

Week #5 Activity

This activity is NOW AVAILABLE! Flip the box to get started solving this week's mystery.

Who Got to the Library First?

This logic puzzle helps build step-by-step thinking and critical thinking skills in young children!

Get Started

Week #6 Activity

This activity is NOW AVAILABLE! Flip the box to get started solving this week's mystery.

Find the Librarian

This activity strengthens comprehension, logical and directional thinking, and early mathematical concepts.

Get Started

Friends of the Oil City Library

Oil City Vineyard

F. A. Padin, M.D.

Electralloy

Central Electric Cooperative

Cranberry Area Lions

Dale Woodard Gent McFate Law Firm

Edward Jones Investments

Franklin-Oil Region Credit Union

H&R Block

THANK YOU SPONSORS!

IPEG, Inc.

Rossbacher Insurance Service

FUN Bank

Village Coiffures

B&M Floors

Benjamin’s Roadhouse

Buffalo Street Lanes

Grandview Grille’s Fat Dogs

Living Treasures

McDonald’s

 

Share this Page