On August 29, 2023, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s (SCLSNJ) Watchung branch hosted a haunted library-themed escape room for teens. Teens were tasked with solving puzzles and clues to uncover a prize.

“The purpose of escape the room programs is to find clues, solve puzzles, and work together as a team to complete an objective,” said Katie Salerno, youth services librarian, “It is a gaming experience that encourages participants to communicate with teammates to find solutions and overcome obstacles. Of course, some of the clues might be hidden in books – we are a Library after all!”

Did you miss out on exploring this haunted escape room event? Take a piece of the experience home with you. Explore the librarian-curated reads from the escape room.

Escape the Room: Haunted Library for teens and tweens in grades 5-8 will return to the Watchung branch on Monday, October 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Registration is required. Learn more: https://sclsnj.libnet.info/event/9129679.

The Watchung branch is located at 12 Stirling Road in Watchung. To contact the Watchung branch, call (908) 458-8455 or email watchung@sclibnj.org. To discover all SCLSNJ has to offer, visit SCLSNJ.org or connect with SCLSNJ on FacebookX (formerly Twitter)Instagram, or YouTube.