South Australian Library Launches Digital Puzzle Club for Patrons

Starting a puzzle club at your public library is a wonderful asset to your range of activities, and once patrons become accustomed to it, they will look forward to solving puzzles and quizzes on a regular, and hopefully, a daily basis.
The use of  a large screen or flat screen television with a laptop connected is very helpful for facilitating group participation.   Participants can take turns in operating the equipment.  An alternative method is the use of individual iPads. Both ways are a great way to assist patrons to boost their digital literacy.
Holdfast Bay Puzzles and More Group
Playing online puzzles as a group is very rewarding. Each puzzle is a unique problem, and to solve it relies on being able to draw on everyone’s knowledge.  Using their Clue Detective Online Puzzle Portal subscription, the staff at the Brighton Library (City of Holdfast Bay) in Adelaide have recently launched their puzzle club.  Get togethers are held every month.  A typical session can include A (Clue Detective) On This Day Trivia Quiz, crosswords and codewords.  “Our group really enjoys the On This Day Trivia Quiz…” Puzzle Club Co-ordinator Christine Kennedy says.  “We always aim to improve our result with every quiz we tackle….”
Solving puzzles collectively helps participants boost their general knowledge and vocabulary, and by actively contributing, they will help others learn.  It is also a wonderful way for the members to
maintain good brain health, enjoy an activity that is fun and intellectually stimulating, as well as socially interact and make new friends.

Photo: City of Holdfast Bay library patrons enjoying group (Clue Detective)
puzzle solving activity Courtesy C. Kennedy, City of Holdfast Bay

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