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Out & About: Windsor Library Sends Community on Search for Painted Rocks

  • Children in the Windsor Public Library's afterschool program decorated rocks for the Windsor Rocks Scavenger Hunt. (Courtesy of Windsor Public Library)

  • Children in the Windsor Public Library's afterschool program decorated rocks for the Windsor Rocks Scavenger Hunt. (Courtesy of Windsor Public Library)

  • Children in the Windsor Public Library's afterschool program decorated rocks for the Windsor Rocks Scavenger Hunt. (Courtesy of Windsor Public Library)



Valley News Correspondent
Monday, July 02, 2018

Windsor — The rock hunt is on in Windsor this summer, courtesy of the library.

Scattered in a various locations throughout town are 75 painted rocks waiting to be discovered as part of the Windsor Rocks Scavenger Hunt.

Windsor Library Director Christine Porter said she went around town and placed the rock outdoors in public places — maybe Paradise Park — and indoors at area businesses and other locations.

“We had one lady call us to say she took her cat to the vet and found one of the rocks,” Porter said.

The idea plays off this summer’s reading theme: Libraries Rock.

Porter said she thought about relating the theme to something musical, then came up with the rock idea after recalling her sister saying they had a rock hunt in her community in Pennsylvania.

“I figured we should take this literally,” she said about the Libraries Rock theme. “It seemed really fun and a great way to get people out into the community.”

Children in the library after-school program painted the rocks and each rock has its own name.

The library has packets that allow finders to check off the rocks they find. Porter said they have handed out about 70 packets.

“We have had unbelievable participation so far,” Porter said.

With the rocks are small pouches that explain the hunt. The rocks are not to be removed — so others can have a chance to find them — but you can keep score of the ones that you find by checking off the name of each rock in your packet.

The challenge is to find as many as possible by Aug. 20.

“We have partnered with local businesses to hide rocks both inside and outside. Every rock has a name and a theme,” the library said in a news release announcing the rock hunt.

Porter said the town appears to be excited about the hunt and residents have posted photographs of the rocks they have found on the library’s Facebook page.

Porter also tries to post a clue each day on Facebook, or maybe drop a clue to someone who comes to the library looking for rocks.

“I know of five families that went out together looking for rocks and the school physical education teacher told me she was thrilled that there was an activity to get people outside,” Porter said.

The hunt is not for children only, Porter said.

For those who find all 75 rocks, there will be some prizes awarded after the hunt ends.

Editor’s note: For more information about the rock hunt, visit windsorlibrary.org. Patrick O’Grady can be reached at pogclmt@gmail.com.