The Morton-James Public Library is looking for a few motivated young people ages 9 to 14 to help create an escape room in the library.
The project, called “Library Lockdown,” will allow its creators to use a variety of skills and talents to complete it.
Escape rooms are popular now, said library director Rasmus Thoegersen. They offer teams of people the opportunity to use problem- and puzzle-solving skills to escape from a locked room within a certain time frame.
To build the escape room, which will be located in the library’s storage room, Thoegersen applied for a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Association for Library Service to Children and Disney.
The Morton-James Public Library was the only Nebraska library to receive the grant, said Thoergersen, which is designed to help make creative programs in the library space with children.
More than 400 applications were received, and 79 grants were awarded nationwide.
Thoergersen is currently seeking volunteers to help build the room. Anyone interested in working on the project should be ready to commit to several months of weekly meetings to discuss the narrative.
A variety of skills, including storytelling, puzzle creating, construction and prop fabrication, will be needed as the room comes together, said Thoergersen.
Applications will be available at the library after Dec. 1.