Something spooky happened at Carlow Mayo Public Library last week. The library and the Metis Nation of Ontario, who recently formed a partnership to put on events, put on a Spooky Scavenger Hunt for the kids in the area. The event ran Oct. 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Carrie McKenzie, the Carlow Mayo Public Library’s head librarian and Stacie Snider, the community action program coordinator with Metis Nation of Ontario were pleased with it and everyone involved had a terrific yet terrifying time.
The partnership between Carlow Mayo Public Library and the Metis Nation of Ontario is relatively new. McKenzie and Snider have already collaborated on a costume swap at the library on Oct. 7. In addition to the scavenger hunt, they are also doing a book reading contest called Fall in Love with Reading, which awards prizes to the kids who read the most books in the month of October.
Snider told The Bancroft Times on Oct. 26 that she came up with the idea for the scavenger hunt and approached McKenzie about hosting it at the Carlow Mayo Public Library in hopes of drawing members of the community out to it.
“Planning went well and I’m in the works of finishing off the scavenger hunt items. Participants will be searching for Halloween or spooky pictures that will be hidden around outside the library,” she says.
The day of the event turned out to be a clear and sunny late afternoon, as noted by McKenzie at the beginning of the event.
“We thought we would it less time than the costume swap [at the Carlow Mayo Public Library on Oct. 7] because it got so dark and damp that evening,” she says.
Snider explained that basically all she did was put laminated photos of appropriately spooky Halloween themed items and hid them around the library for the kids to find.
“And then I just have a little card for them to compare the items on the photos to the items on the card, match them and then bring them back to me to check. And then they can take it home and do it again over and over again if they’d like,” she says.
Snider said there was also a take home play dough kit for the children who successfully found all the scavenger hunt items.
Some of the parents there with their children thought it was a great event. Lisa Hall was there with her daughters Natalie and Hailey.
“This is a tonne of fun. We’re really happy to have something to get out and do,” she says.
Sam McMunn was there with her stepdaughter Leah, and thought it was awesome.
“It’s nice for the kids. It gives them something to do, so they can burn off some energy,” she says.
Tara Speck attended with her daughter Ellie.
“We heard of it and we’re like, we’re not too far from there. It’s a great idea!” she says.
According to McKenzie, she and Snider intend to have some kind of event going on every month or so going forward, like a snow fort building contest in December or January perhaps. More details on any future events will be released soon. For the scavenger hunt, McKenzie and Snider ended up having approximately a couple of dozen parents and their kids come by that afternoon to take part, and McKenzie was thrilled.
“It turned out well. I wasn’t expecting these many children. It’s wonderful!”
Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times