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Join a scavenger hunt and stay overnight in the N.Y. Public Library

April 1, 2011 |  9:50 am

As one of the more thrilling ways to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the New York Public Library is throwing a scavenger hunt and game that will allow 500 players to roam its halls overnight.

It's like E.L. Konigsburg's "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler," but with a library instead of a museum.

The scavenger hunt is part of Find the Future: The Game, created by game designer Jane McGonigal, with Natron Baxter and Playmatics. It will ask players to find 100 objects in the library -- including Thomas Jefferson's handwritten Declaration of Independence, and the letter opener that Charles Dickens had made from his dead cat's paw -- and then write essays related to them. Together, the players will collaboratively write a book.

The event begins May 20, and hopeful players can register for a chance to participate. After the overnight game is over, the game will be opened up so that people can play it online.

-- Carolyn Kellogg