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Summer Learning 2024 

Adventure Hunt

In the spirit of geocaching and letterboxing, the MRV Libraries bring you a Valley-wide stamp scavenger hunt! Earlier this year, children submitted designs that we turned into rubber stamps. These stamps will be hidden throughout the Valley in eight top-secret locations...can you follow the clues to find them all?

The first hint will be released in person on July 6th at our family hike event, or the next day on social media and our websites. Each hidden box will have a stamp, ink pad, visitor journal, and clue leading you to the next location. YOU bring your own adventure passport (either a regular notebook or one that you made at our first Farmer's Market event) and when you locate a box, stamp your passport. When you've collected all 19 unique stamps, come to the library for a prize. Good luck, adventurers!

Clue 1: The newest town Forest in Fayston has everything you could want for a day of recreation: a pond, a hilltop hike with sweeping Green Mountain views, loads of wild blackberries, and also a hidden Adventure Hunt box! To find it, start at the gate and head in the direction you’d go to take a dip. Keep walking past the cellar hole, but if you’ve gotten to a spot you’d sit for a snack, you’ve gone too far. Notice a cluster of swaying birches growing among some boulders, then look for a place you could go to stay dry if it started to rain (although you’d have to crouch down!).

Clue 2: If you like your summer swim spots to be shaped like letters, we suggest taking a dip in this refreshing “S” with a covered bridge that crosses over. Lots of people have the same idea, so there’s plenty of parking. Head to the back of the lot where you’ll climb a short, steep hill that takes you to the beach and hang left. An old foundation is showing its age with plenty of moss-covered crevices and cracks. The next Adventure Hunt box is tucked snugly in one, right at the foot of a dead tree.

Clue 3: The Mad River Path has lots to explore: near this trail you’ll see dogs at play, tennis aces, kids on half pipes, and more. Follow a book you can read as you walk toward your goal. When you pass page 13 you’ll find a home for a troll. Peek under the stones to find the Adventure Hunt box and your next clue.

As a reminder, you can complete the Adventure Hunt starting with any one of the clues we’ve released (each box you find has a clue leading to the next one in a circle), but if you get stumped or just want to try a different starting point, you can start with another of the clues we’ve revealed. Don’t forget to leave a note in the notepad for the next adventurers to find!

***Please note: Be safe in your search and be aware that some roads are not yet recommended for travel. *****

The MRV Libraries thank Chooseco, publishers of Choose Your Own Adventure Books, for sponsoring this adventure hunt!

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Reading Challenges

Stop by the library to learn more about summer reading challenges and pick up a reading log. Children who complete a log can earn a free creemee, entry into our children's raffle, and more!

"Make Your Mark" Tees

Thanks to all our 2024 T-shirt designers! T-shirts will be available for pre-order soon - stay tuned.

Events

The MRV Libraries welcome you to attend any of our free, fun, family-friendly summer events. No registration required.

For children 0-5 and their caregivers, storytime continues throughout the summer every Wednesday at 10:45.

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