Library to hold winter scavenger hunt for kids

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published January 20, 2016

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STERLING HEIGHTS — The chill and snow of winter has finally arrived for a while in metro Detroit, and the Sterling Heights Public Library is transforming itself into a warm, inviting place of discovery.

The library will hold a Winter Scavenger Hunt for kids throughout the day Jan. 21. Jason Groth, library public relations and programs coordinator, said the timing and theme of this scavenger hunt are unique.

“We do scavenger hunts periodically throughout the year,” he explained. “But this is particularly a winter one. We thought it was a good idea, because a lot of times, we’re stuck indoors, and we thought it would be a good activity for the kids.”

According to library staff, young participants may find a scavenger hunt sheet on event day by visiting the Youth Services information desk. Library officials said the sheet will contain a series of questions and activities that kids have to answer or experience.

All of the scavenger hunt activities will take place within the library, and Groth said the kids will have to find clues that are hidden around the children’s section. When the kids fill out their scavenger hunt sheets with the correct answers, they may go back to the Youth Services desk and exchange those sheets for prizes.

Groth said the event is occurring on a weekday, so he expects the participants to differ depending on their ages and school schedules.

“We’ll have the preschool kids in the morning and the early afternoon, and we’ll have the older kids post-school,” he said.

Public Services librarian Barbara Van Havermaat said she believes that the program is appropriate for kids with ages ranging from toddler or preschool to grades seven or eight. The scavenger hunt’s activities will have winter themes, she explained.

“They might have to count how many snowflakes are on a window, measure an icicle on a desk, find which two penguins are alike on a picture (or) skate around the library on paper plates,” she said.

Upon accomplishing such goals, the kids will be able to choose prizes from a basket of winter-themed toys and trinkets, such as pencils, stickers and temporary tattoos, she added.

Van Havermaat said that Utica Community Schools students have a half-day on Jan. 21, which will give them more time to stop by the library and experience the event. She said there is no race and no time limit to complete the scavenger hunt, so long as they complete it while the library is open.

“If it takes them five minutes, if it takes them five hours, either way, they’re good,” she said.

The Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road in Sterling Heights, will hold a Winter Scavenger Hunt for kids from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Learn more by visiting or by calling (586) 446-2665.