This month I’ve rounded up ideas for self-directed guessing games at the library. Most of these guessing games are of the “test your knowledge” variety and do not require offering a prize or declaring a winner.
- Identify quotes from well-known books – You could also use the first lines of books and have people guess the title.
- The Book Chook has several ideas, here are just a few:
- What am I reading? – List the book you are reading and two other titles; have people guess which book you are actually reading.
- What do these books have in common? – Have patrons guess what the theme is.
- Disguised titles – Reword well-known titles using extra-wordy synonyms.
- One Star Review Guess Who – Guess the title based on a one-star review from Amazon.
- Guess the author from their Twitter bio
- Guess the book in a jar – A great use of books that have been so well-read you had to replace them.
- Guess the story book character by their silhouette – Perfect for pre-readers. You could also do a similar program using descriptive clues about the characters for older kids.
- Guess the number of library cards – This works well for library card sign up month, but it can be done at any time. You could also easily do this with circulation data – have people guess how many books circulated last month or the title of the book that gets checked out frequently. In this case, you could award small prizes for the correct answers.
To encourage regular library visits, you could do a different guessing game each month. You could have a card patrons could get stamped for each month they participate.
Have you tried any guessing games as self-directed library displays? How did they go? Share your suggestions in the comments!