Deadly Fun: How to Get Away with Murder (and have your patrons thank you for it)

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NCLA 2013 Presentation. Interactive murder mysteries are a fun and creative way to bring patrons into your library. Learn how to present a mystery night program from start to finish and how to best tailor it to your library. We’ll cover writing a script, choosing your victim, staging the scene, casting your suspects and more.

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Deadly Fun: How to Get Away with Murder (and have your patrons thank you for it)

  1. 1. How to get away
  2. 2. Why should you listen to us? Becky Peterson, Alamance County Public Libraries Rebekah Scott, Alamance County Public Libraries increasingly successful original mystery years of 5 night programs 2012 – 60 tickets were gone within 3 hours. 2013 – doubled the number of performances to increase tickets from 60 to 120 (we still sold out)
  3. 3. How did we get here? 2007 – Purchased a good script 2008 – Purchased a terrible script 2009 – We can do this!
  4. 4. How our programs work
  5. 5. What is your goal?
  6. 6. To instruct?
  7. 7. To entertain?
  8. 8. Know your library
  9. 9. Know your space
  10. 10. Know your staff
  11. 11. Know your audience
  12. 12. Know your limits
  13. 13. Choose your setting
  14. 14. Choose your victim
  15. 15. Choose your suspects
  16. 16. Choose your motives
  17. 17. Choose your evidence
  18. 18. Choose your killer
  19. 19. Choose your tell
  20. 20. Clever, not obvious
  21. 21. Plan your timeline
  22. 22. Write the script
  23. 23. Create your evidence
  24. 24. Cast your roles
  25. 25. Things to consider
  26. 26. Attendance
  27. 27. Fundraising?
  28. 28. Open or closed?
  29. 29. Costs
  30. 30. Publicity
  31. 31. Show time!
  32. 32. Draw the line
  33. 33. Stay in character
  34. 34. Record for posterity
  35. 35. Have fun!
  36. 36. Too busy to write?
  37. 37. Purchase a script www.librarymurdermysteries.com www.librarymysteries.com
  38. 38. Questions?
  39. 39. Photo Credits 1. 2. 3. 4. Stock.xchng/red dripping paint/sachyn Stock.xchng/Headphone/KillR-B Stock.xchng/Break Water/G_FORDHAM Stock.xchng/Like Sands Through the Hourglass/moonfire8 5. Stock.xchng/b/w basketball hoop 3/wvubush 6. Stock.xchng/Back to School/ywel 7. Stock.xchng/Colorful Music/Avolore 8. Stock.xchng/public library 2/danjaeger 9. Flickr/Meeting Room Grey Cropped/BAKOKO 10. Stock.xchng/crowder/SaMe-GFX 11. Stock.xchng/audience/takje 12. Flickr/Speed Limit 35/Nathan Jongewaard 13. Stock.xchng/Chair on empty beach/Chemtec 14. Flickr/Chalk Outline/Ben Smith 15. Flickr/The Usual Jellies/Carl Jones 16. Stock.xchng/Brown Envelope Money Bribe 001/darrendean 17. Stock.xchng/Thumb Impression/asifthebes 18. Stock.xchng/Pavement in against days/cecilegeng 19. Stock.xchng/-Solution-/spekulator 20. Stock.xchng/Innovation/raja4u 21. Stock.xchng/All in Time/cozgrl05 22. Stock.xchng/We are drawing/nkzs 23. Stock.xchng/Wooden Pencils In Line/iprole 24. Flickr/rock me,/roujo 25. Flickr/One Done/Daniel Kulinski 26. Flickr/admit one: san Francisco (2012)/torbakhopper 27. Flickr/Money/401(k) 2012 28. Flickr/Restaurant’s “Sorry we’re Closed” sign/Nick Papakyriazis 29. Stock.xchng/The Pig/Penny Matthews 30. Stock.xchng/Empty Billboard/asifthebes 31. Flickr/Spotlight/Judy van der Velden 32. Stock.xchng/Draw the Line!/nkzs 33. Stock.xchng/~Mask~/AMA90 34. Stock.xchng/Old Camera/porah 35. Stock.xchng/At the Carnival 2/k_vohsen 36. Screencap from my computer 37. Stock.xchng/Typewriter With Screen/tomdavies 38. Flickr/Questions/Oberazzi

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