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10th Annual Teen Murder Mystery Program Held at Livingston Library

Karen deWilde provides an introduction to the play. Credits: Cheryl O'Brien
Credits: Cheryl O'Brien

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The 10th annual Teen Murder Mystery program took place July 22 in the Livingston library. The program was part of Livingston Library Summer Programs for teens entering grades six through twelve 12 sponsored by the Friends of the Livingston Public Library and was organized by Karen deWilde, teen librarian.

The night began with a play performed by children from Livingston, for children in attendance. The premise of the play was an educational science television show called “Ask Dr. Why.”

Audience members watched the play and afterward interacted with the cast, who stayed in character, as they walked around the library. The children could work alone or in teams to ask the cast members for their alibis as well as their fingerprints. A crime lab was also set up, and the children were given access to a mock autopsy report and evidence to further their investigation and solve the mystery.

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Jordan Granofsky, a Livingston resident who assisted at the event said, “It’s a great program. It has a lot of fun activities for kids.”

“It’s wonderful to see so many teens participate in our annual teen murder mystery program,” said Gina Vaccaro, youth services librarian. “It’s exciting that so many kids are active in our programs.” Vaccaro also said that the cast members are made up of a group of Livingston students who meet with deWilde, who writes the scripts, every week to learn their lines and practice for their performance.

According to the Livingston library’s website, programs such as this one run all summer long. Volunteer opportunities are also available for students entering seventh grade or higher. For more information, click HERE.

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