LIMA — This time of year, many people escape to warmer parts of the United States to spend time with friends and family over the holidays.
At the Lima Public Library Saturday, participants in the Escape Room event were trying to escape from the Memorial Book Room.
“An escape room is basically a puzzle in a physical space. So you are working with other people in your group to solve all of the clues in order to unlock the locks in order to get out of the room,” said Dani Hollar, head of the reference department at the Lima Public Library.
In this way, they could also “escape” to locations out of the country.
“One of our clues today is about traveling around the world. So there are postcards with ‘Happy New Year’ in another language, so they either have to recognize the monuments that the postcard is from or recognize the language or somehow figure it out. That will lead them to, eventually, one of our locks and the answer to it,” said Hollar.
Three groups had the opportunity to participate in the LPL’s Escape Room.
LeAnn Kinnaird and her daughter Lacey Houston were first-timers at the Escape Room.
“In general, I like doing programs at the library. We’ve done the cookie jar thing with my other daughter. We filled the mason jar with cookie mix. We’ve done the make and take where you take the younger children upstairs and they do stuff, and this was just another program in the library’s Book Nook that they put out. It seemed to be an interesting thing to do for the end of the year,” said Kinnaird.
“It does seem like a very interesting experience. I told my mother that I feel we would be relatively good at it because we’re both highly intelligent and we play a lot of puzzle games and we do really well together. We bounce ideas off of each other. She knows random facts. I know newer facts, so we do really well together,” said Houston.
The Escape Room at the Lima Public Library has become a quite popular event for patrons.
“We do this on a semi-regular basis because our community seems to really enjoy it, so we put together different themes and then it’s always new and fresh, even if it’s all in the same building,” said Hollar.
To succeed, you need to develop some skills.
“An escape room is great for communication and team building. This particular theme is good for math skills, language skills, geography, research skills is one of the big ones that we usually hit with our escape rooms here. It just depends on what the theme is,” said Hollar.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.