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Make an escape

Teams take on Newton Public Library Escape Room

A team flips through pages for clues during the Newton Public Library's escape room event.
A team flips through pages for clues during the Newton Public Library's escape room event.

In a dimly lit room of the Newton Public Library, tricks, puzzles and riddles await teams as they must work together to find their way out. The Newton Public Library’s Escape Room has garnered attention from more than 150 people who will participate on Thursday and Friday.

Public Services Librarian Rebecca Klein said there have been at least 10 groups of kids and adults who attended Wednesday.

“It’s going really, really well, a far larger turn out than I anticipated,” Klein said. “Right now I have 150 people signed up and we weren’t able to accommodate everyone so we are looking extend it to Saturday.”

Klein and library staff came up with the idea after seeing how popular escape rooms were in surrounding areas. When they transformed one of the library’s meeting rooms into a mystery room, they filled it with random books and miscellaneous items.

“I wasn’t really sure what I was shooting for — I wanted about 75 percent of players to be able to get out, and I figured if some people were unable to get out then it was tough enough,” Klein said.

The escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategies to complete the objectives at hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the library-themed rooms.

Klein said she created two separate age groups. Families and children ages 12 and older are encouraged to play the beginner level game until 5 p.m. The level of difficulty increases for adult players after 5 p.m. Groups are limited to six players and each game is limited to 30 minutes.

The activity has offered an opportunity for families, friends and even co-workers to bond.

“We love to do staff bonding so we usually do the escape chambers in Des Moines and we wanted to see if this one was any different,” Miranda Case said. “It was a good time and it was awesome — very well put together.”

Klien gave teams advice about how to work well together and allowed one clue throughout the activity.

“I have fun watching people solve puzzles,” Klein said. “Every group has had their own approach, it’s a lot of fun to observe.”

Contact Kayla Singletary at
641-792-3121 ext. 6533
or ksingletary@newtondailynews.com

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