If you’ve ever wanted to be locked inside the library, boy, do we have a proposition for you. No, you can’t stay overnight, stretch out a hammock across the shelves, and see what the books do after the lights go out (tough break for you, because it’s a wondrous scene). What you can do is get sealed inside* one of our most spacious rooms…but only if you’re up to the challenge of figuring out how to get out.
On Saturday, October 26, BPL is putting on a Halloween-y, literary-themed, absolutely free escape room to get you in the spirit of the spooky season. Team up with friends, family, and/or total (possibly strange) strangers to take on a slew of clues and puzzles inspired by popular horror novels and stories. Solve everything in under 45 minutes and you’ll escape victorious and earn a sweet reward. Fail to escape and we’ll still let you out of the room, but you’ll have to slink out all Arrested Devlopment/Charlie Brown-like to go off somewhere and wallow in your shame. Oh, and we’ll also put a hex on you**, so try your best to escape and avoid that unpleasantness.
We’ll start locking folks up at 10:30 AM and will have times available to play every hour (10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30). To participate, sign your team up for a time slot by calling the library at 817-249-6632. Those who sign up with fewer than six people may be grouped with others. The escape room is intended for adults, and its puzzles, both in terms of complexity and maturity of content, are not intended for children, but parents may bring their kids (preferably 12+) along if you’d like to include them in the fun.
*Don’t worry, we’re not going to Cask of Amontillado you; we’re just going to close the door. But it’s more fun if we all pretend you’re trapped, you know?
**Not really. Librarians are scientists (possibly mad ones), but we’re not witches.