Go on a Library Treasure Hunt


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times

USC Union Library Assistant Librarian Melissa Stevenson assists one of the teams taking part in the Library Treasure Hunt during the Activity Fun Camp at USC Union. The children taking part in the Activity Fun Camp divided into teams for the Library Treasure Hunt, each attempting to answer six questions about the library assigned to their respective teams. The Library Treasure Hunt was designed to be a fun activity that helped the children learn how to use the library and its services to find information.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
One the activities of the Activity Fun Camp at USC Union was the Library Treasure Hunt in the USC Union Library. The children divided into teams to try and answer questions about the library using the library’s resources. The goal of the activity was to teach the children how to use the library and its information systems. Here some of the children taking part in the treasure hunt use the library’s computers to help them find the answers to the questions posed to their teams.

UNION — What saying by Thomas Jefferson is on a wall of the USC Union Library? There is a picture of a famous South Carolina building in the library, do know what it’s called? What is the color of the bust of Mark Twain in the library? Also, do you know what the colors of a stuffed dog in the library are?

Those were some of the questions that the children participating in the Activity Fun Camp at USC Union had to answer during a “Library Treasure Hunt” in the USC Union Library.

The week-long Activity Fun Camp is an annual program offered by USC Union each summer to children ages 7-12. This year’s program was held June 29-July 3 and offered a number of activities designed to meet the program’s goal of enabling the children participating to learn while having fun.

Those activities included the Library Treasure Hunt in the USC Union Library where the children taking part in the camp divided into two teams. Each team had six questions to answer about items and materials in the library and could use its resources including its computers to find those answers.

“Part of what we’re teaching them is how to navigate around the library,” Librarian Sharon Rupp said of the Library Treasure Hunt. “We are also teaching them that not all libraries are the same.”

Rupp pointed out that one difference between the USC Union Library and the Union County Carnegie Library, is that USC Union uses the Library of Congress Cataloging System while Carnegie uses the Dewey Decimal System.

The following are the questions the two teams had to answer during the Library Treasure Hunt. Use them to test your knowledge of the treasures at the USC Union Library.

Team 1 Questions

1. Find The Field Guide to Birds of North America by Brinkley….What is the bird on Page 254?

2. How many books are in the glass case in the library?

3. Somewhere on the library wall there is a saying by Thomas Jefferson….What is it?

4. Name three things in the kids section of the library that are not books?

5. What color is the bust of Mark Twain?

6. In the Children’s Section there is a book located at P7.M44784485.IM2006 called “I’m Not A ____”

Team 2 Questions

1. There is a picture of a famous South Carolina building in the library….What is it called?

2. What is the name of the book identified as E99.C5.E55 1989? The T_____ Of T_____

3. What color (s) is the stuffed dog in the library? _____ & _____

4. Name three magazines whose titles begin with N.

5. Find the book “Ghosts and Poltergeists” by Frank Smyth. What is the call number for the book and what color is the cover?

6. Name one song from the music CD by Rod Stewart called “The Best of Rod Stewart.”

Tiebreaker

Name at least two of the library’s workers.

Do you think could answer these questions posed to the Activity Fun Camp children during the Library Treasure Hunt? Take them with you to the USC Union Library and see if you can answer them like the children did, but like the children, you’re in the library so remember to be quiet and no running.

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