Hockey, Escaping, and Painting, Oh My

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Posted: August 7, 2018

Category: Library Programs & Events

I’m excited to announce that, in addition to many other wonderful programs, the Children’s Department of the Grande Prairie Public Library has planned two new and very different programs this fall plus additional sessions of our gaming-themed paint program.

First, we’ll be creating an escape room. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the idea, participants in escape rooms are “locked” in a themed room and must solve various puzzles to escape.

GPPL’s escape room takes place in the office of the fictional business Priority Party Planning. The owners weren’t paying attention when closing one evening, and they missed seeing a group of customers who were looking through party invitation templates.

With no cell service or Internet access, and certainly no desire to set off the alarms, the participants are left to figure out how to unlock the doorbell that will alert the owners to their presence. Can they sort through invoices, cake recipes, and snarky e-mails to escape?

Escape room registration forms will be available at the children’s information desk and online starting Friday, August 17. Escape room participants must register as a group of 4 to 6 members. All participants must be age 8+, and at least one member per group must be age 12+. We will accept registration forms for the escape room on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition to the escape room, the Children’s Department will also be running an NHL Pro-Am season starting this fall. Teams of two will compete at NHL 19 for the Playstation 4.

Registered teams may drop in to play on game days held one Saturday each month from September to March. GPPL staff members will track team win-loss records, and we will hold playoffs among the top 8 teams on Saturday, April 6 for the (soon-to-be-prestigious) Bibby Cup.

NHL Pro-Am registration forms will also be available at the children’s information desk and online starting Friday, August 17. Participants must register as teams of two with one pro player (ages 6 to 12) and one amateur player (age 13+).

Finally, we will be offering three more Video Game Masterpiece programs this fall. A staff member will lead registered participants ages 7+ (including interested teens and adults) through the steps needed to create a video game-themed painting. This fall’s paintings will be inspired by Kirby’s Adventure, Star Fox, and another video game still to be determined. Registration for all three Video Game Masterpiece sessions will also open Friday, August 17.

For more information about the escape room, NHL Pro-Am season, Video Game Masterpieces, or any other GPPL programs, please visit our website at

This blog post was originally published in the August 3, 2018 issue of the Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune.

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