National Library Week Treasure Hunt Game Winners Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2011
Contact: Sara Groves
(406) 444-5357

(HELENA) -- Montana libraries encouraged their patrons to participate in National Library Week with a unique celebration – a statewide online scavenger hunt, called "A Treasure Hunt for the Treasure State." Montanans from Alazada to Zortman played the game to try and win a prize at the end of the contest.

The "Treasure Hunt" questions were located on local library web sites and on http://mymontanalibrary.org. Participants had to use library electronic resources to find the answers. All answers had to be submitted electronically and were verified for correctness. There were four separate contest categories with questions of varying difficulty available for students K-5, middle school, high school, and adult age groups.

Winners were selected randomly and included:

  • Patti O’Sullivan’s class at Frenchtown Elementary School in Frenchtown
  • Celeste Jolley’s first grade class at Smith Elementary School in Helena
  • Brad Holland, middle school category, whose library is the Drummond School Community Library in Drummond
  • Julia Balcom, middle school category, whose library is the Parmly Billings Library in Billings
  • Haley Walter, high school category, whose library is the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena
  • Ryan Bowers, high school category, whose library is the Superior High School Library in Superior
  • Patt Leikam, adult category, whose library is the Parmly Billings Library in Billings
  • Diana Rogers, adult category, whose library is the Parmly Billings Library in Billings

Statewide prizes included six Apple iPods™, which will be presented to two winners each in the middle school, high school, and adult categories by their local libraries. Two pizza parties will be provided for the winning elementary school classrooms.

"We wanted to encourage all Montanans to try some of the many library resources we offer online that are available day and night – whether you’re in your local Montana library or at home," said Darlene Staffeldt, Montana State Librarian. "We felt that if we offered a scavenger hunt with fun prizes that some folks who have never tried using their online library might be more inclined to give it a shot."

All of the "Treasure Hunt" answers could be found through the electronic resources offered by participating Montana libraries. These online library resources are provided for all Montana residents through funding from the Montana State Legislature and the Governor of Montana. Prizes for the contest were provided by Gale, part of Cengage Learning, the vendor that provides the electronic resources used for the "Treasure Hunt for the Treasure State".

Through its statewide programs, the Montana State Library empowers Montanans; enhances learning in families and communities; builds 21st Century skills; and provides opportunities for civic participation. For more information, visit http://msl.mt.gov or contact Sara Groves, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, at (406) 444-3115 or via e-mail at: sgroves@mt.gov.

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