The Portsmouth Public Library is welcoming the season with Buddy the Elf in a game of Elf on the Bookshelf, which will be ongoing throughout the month of December. The game is designed to get people active in the library, learning how to use its systems, and to encourage fun games among friends.
The event is being planned by Katie Williams.
Williams is the publicity and program manager at Portsmouth Public Library, where she has been since July. Williams said she applied for the position, because of her love of the library and the community, and has enjoyed giving back in her position.
“I absolutely love it, because it gives me a chance to give back to the community, which I love doing,” Williams said. “I love it. I handle the social media and relations topics, but I also handle some programming. All of the staff is phenomenal at creating programs, so we have stuff for every age group.”
Williams has been staging scavenger hunts since she started working at the library. They are designed to get people involved and familiarized with the library system. Williams decided to shake things up in December, inviting Buddy the Elf from the North Pole.
“I just see people posting Elf on the Shelf on Facebook all the time and I thought it would be fun to participate in the library,” Williams explained. “To add a twist to it, I decided to use Buddy the Elf.”
Williams said that participation increases each day and she looks forward to watching people scouting the library, looking for Buddy.
“I’ve had a lot of people, and outside organizations, saying how it is really fun,” Williams said. “I’ve even encouraged the staff to participate, because I think it will get them excited. I’m actually a little bummed that I created it, because I can’t play.”
Each day, Buddy is hidden with one of the books. A riddle is left on the counter for people to break down and search in the computer system. Participants can then search for the location and see if Buddy is where they speculate.
Whether you are going into the library for the latest best-selling fiction novel, or a cookbook on the “four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup,” make sure to give Buddy the Elf a visit to possibly win a month at the Life Center.
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