Did you know that teens love crime shows? I didn’t either until a colleague and I conducted a 2 question survey in the library at our district’s high school. We asked:
1. What is your favorite TV show?
2. What is your favorite food?
Among the 100 teens who took the survey, more than half said their favorite TV show was “Psych” or “crime shows.”
In the past 2 years, we have done three murder mysteries.
1. The first was a dinner-theatre style murder mystery. It had a medieval theme and the library staff were the performers. We had a jousting tourney, a joke telling contest where the royal family (staff) voted with dry-erase paddles, the king read “The Miller’s Wife” from Canterbury Tales, and the queen taught a medieval dance. It was after hours and we had 30 teens.
2. The second was a CSI type. I created a crime scene and teens had to interview suspects. The suspects were teen volunteers. This was during library hours and we had 6 teens.
3. The third was a scavenger hunt type program throughout the library. This was after-hours. We had a Skype visit from Ruta Sepetys, a quick mystery/thriller book talk, a photo booth, and the scavenger hunt. We had 36 teens.
Moral of the story, do your murder mystery after-hours.