MASON — An event unique to Mason County is set to be held Saturday evening at the Mason City Public Library.
“Locked! Try and Escape Now,” is the theme of the escape room event slated for 6, 7, and 8 p.m. at the library on Brown Street.
According to Teresa Gibbs, library clerk and event organizer, groups of up to six people will enter through the back door of the library where they will be given instructions. From the back room, the group will have to find and solve different clues, crack codes, and find their way through the library and out the front door.
Gibbs said the clues will surround a library theme. She stated they will be hidden inside what appears to be a clock, inside fake reference books, and more.
The library clerk said she came up with the idea after her teenage daughter, Emma, went through two escape rooms in North Carolina and in Parkersburg. One, she said, cost $45 to participate.
With the help of local businesses who donated towards the event, the Mason escape room will be free. Donations to the library will be accepted, however.
“I knew a lot of people would have fun doing an escape room, but couldn’t afford to pay the price for some of them,” Gibbs said.
Those wishing to participate must pre-register, and Gibbs said the 6 p.m. time slot is already full. Those registered should arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to their start time for instructions. Once the event begins, groups will have 30 minutes to complete the clues and escape the library. Once outside, there will be congratulatory signs, such as “We escaped,” for participant selfies.
Based on the event’s success, Gibbs said she would like to hold the escape room events, with different themes, three or four times a year.
Participants must be at least 13 years old. To register, call the library at 304-773-5580. Wahama students can register in the school office.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at email@example.com.