Library hosts mystery night, winter reading

Next Friday, something horrible will happen — the star of the South Kitsap High School soccer team will be killed.

Well, it won’t really happen, but it will be the theme of the Port Orchard Library’s first “Teen Mystery Night.”

Starting at 6:30 p.m. when the library is closed, teens will be invited to search for clues to solve “Death Gets a Red Card: Star of the High School Soccer Team is Killed.”

Volunteer coordinator MaryLouise Ott said scenes and volunteer actors will be on-hand to give participants all the information they need to figure out who the culprit is.

“It will be a really fun event,” Ott said, explaining that each library has a different theme. For example, Bainbridge Island is staging a prom, and has enlisted a BIPD detective to help with the crime setup.

For the Port Orchard event, Ott said volunteers are still needed, and anyone over the age of 16 who would like to dress up and act out the mystery is encouraged to contact her at (360) 405-9153.

For adults who prefer to enjoy their mysteries at home on the couch, the library is hosting its annual Winter Reading Program.

The program, which library staff says attracts several hundred readers at the Port orchard branch alone, runs until March 20.

To enter, participants are asked to fill out the “I’m a Winter Reader!” form and place it in the jar at the library. After that entry, they are eligible to win a $75 bookstore gift certificate.

Participants can enter again to win the certificate after each time they complete 10 hours of reading, or listening to an unabridged audio book.

After the first 10 hours, they will also receive a “surprise” gift, but organizers say supplies for that first gift are limited.

To participate, you need to have an active Kitsap Regional Library card, and winners can only win at one library branch.

To get readers started, library organizers suggested these popular titles: “Birds Without Wings” by Louis De Bernieres; “Broken for You” by Stephanie Kallos; “Dark Voyage” by Alan Furst; “Divining Women” by Kaye Gibbons; “Four Souls” by Louise Erdrich; “Heir to the Glimmering World” by Cynthia Ozick; “I am Charlotte Simmons” by Tom Wolfe; “Inner Circle” by  T. Coraghessan Boyle; “Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini; “Light on Snow” by Anita Shreve; “Line of Beauty” by Alan Hollinghurst; “Long Goodbye” by Patti Davis; “Oh, Play That Thing” by Roddy Doyle; “The Plot Against America” by Philip Roth; “A Salty Piece of Land” by Jimmy Buffett; “Shopgirl” by Steve Martin; “Shoulder the Sky” by Anne Perry; “Vanishing Acts” by Jodi Picoult.

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