South Australian Library Launches Puzzle Solving Club for Patrons

A mental gymnastics regimen should be on everyone’s daily to do list.
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.
Using a large screen or flat screen television is very helpful for facilitating group participation. The use of (individual) iPads can also help patrons 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 learn things they didn’t know before, as well as actively contribute.  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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