BOTKINS — Recently students in Heather Thaman and Rob Berryman’s third grade reading class had a book come to life in conjunction with the Botkins town library.
Students had been reading Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. In this book twelve 12-year-olds had to escape from the most ridiculously brilliant library ever created by Mr. Lemoncello. Kyle is a game fan: board games, word games, and especially video games. Kyle’s hero, the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello, is the genius behind the design of the town’s new public library, which contains not only books, but an IMAX theater, an electronic learning center, instructional holograms, interactive dioramas and electromagnetic hover ladders that float patrons up to the books they want. Lucky Kyle wins a spot as one of the first twelve kids invited to a gala, overnight library lock-in filled with of fun and games. But the next morning, when the lock-in is supposed to be over, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the others must follow book-related clues and unravel all sorts of secret puzzles to find the hidden escape route if they want to win Mr. Lemoncello’s most fabulous prize ever.
Similar to the book the students from Botkins had to follow book related clues and solve rebus puzzles with their team members that were created by Ms. Thaman and librarian, Jane Vehorn that would ultimately lead them to a grand prize. Just like in the book students had snacks, were allowed one Ask a Librarian Lifeline and yes, there were balloons.