On Wednesday, October 22nd, Stony Brook University Libraries successfully pulled off another great photo scavenger hunt, thanks to some dedicated students! With some veteran hunters registering for the event, Kristen felt compelled to redesign large portions of the hunt, puzzles and all, to keep the sleuths on their toes. New Library assets were highlighted, such as our recreational reading magazines, our vast map collection, and the Special Collections Department. With so many complicated bonus point categories to take into consideration, we decided to outsource point tallying to a new committee of professional number crunchers.
The first eager bunch arrived as soon as the event began. Team Reading Rainbow Road was the first to put the new clues and puzzles to the test. They were very eager to play and quite determined to win! But you don’t have to take my word for it, just look at the competitive spirit that shines through in their happy faces!
Our point tallying committee later learned that this team spent an hour wandering about looking for the Ashley Shiff Preserve, one of the campus bonus point options. For this effort they got an extra bonus point, which might not make sense to everyone, but hey! they were tallied by a collection of Halloween props.
Later in the day another happy team arrived, Team SAC (play off of SBU’s Student Activities Center, or SAC, and also the initials of the team members’ first names). These guys were great. Though they did not walk to the Ashley Shiff Preserve, they did photograph nearly everything else on their list. Not only did they correctly solve all the clues for this hunt, but they also somehow managed to solve a puzzle from last year’s Spy Hunt that mysteriously found its way into one of their clue envelopes. That was weird, but kudos to you! Team SAC pulled off some great team photos and won two best photo categories. They earned 89 points total, but all photo evidence shows that this was an effortless, enjoyable feat.
For their great effort, Team SAC won three season film passes that were kindly donated by the Staller Center for the Arts! Woohoo! Certificates of Awesomeness will soon be awarded, which we are quite certain will be found hanging on their walls next to their diplomas someday.
The Sherlock Cavaliers were next to join in the competition. They were quick to solve our tricky riddle, take from Tolkein’s classic The Hobbit, and soon found the magazine whose title spelled the answer. Don’t worry, we were not offended by the speed in which you solved a clue that we spent hours creating.
The Sherlock Cavaliers mastered the rest of our clues with as much ease and really proved that they were sleuths to be reckoned with! We will have to try a little harder next year if we’re to stump the likes of them.
As with every year, the final challenge that must be completed in order to conquer our hunt is the finding of the frequently relocating Interlibrary Loan Office. Hunters who were confident that they had seen it somewhere before were thrown for a loop when they learned it now has a new room number. We might move it again for next year’s hunt – just to keep things interesting.
Thanks to all the participants of this year’s scavenger hunt! We apologize to those who learned that there was a conflicting event on campus and were unable to attend. Next year we will plan more carefully and not leave it up to our Library fish to do the campus calendar research. Ooh…that fish!
We hope you all feel a little more at ease with our branches and services, and look forward to seeing you studying here in the future! Keep an eye out for ads for our next scavenger hunt, Spy Hunt, scheduled for next spring. Also look for fun and educational events, workshops, and more on the Library’s homepage! Until then, don’t forget to Get Your Read On!