A mysterious way to acquaint patrons and students with their library

Contact: Jill Davis

ALA Editions

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For Immediate Release

April 28, 2009

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, just released
“Hosting a Library Mystery: A Programming Guide” by Elizabeth M. Karle. Five thoroughly researched and original sample mystery scripts serve as a starting point for librarians to acquaint different audiences with library services, as well as library personnel, special collections and research skills. In addition, this book provides

  • Complete instructions for program planning, from how to write clues to organizing the investigation
  • Hints for adapting scripts to fit any library’s needs
  • Examples and extras to construct an entertaining event in which all patrons can engage in active learning

Elizabeth M. Karle is the collection management supervisor for the Cushwa-Leighton Library at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind. She received a B.A. in business administration and finance from the University of Notre Dame, a paralegal certificate from Roosevelt University and an M.A. in library and information science from Dominican University.

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