This fall I purchased the Where’s Waldo? book series for my library. They had been in the collection in the past, but must have gone missing before my tenure. I have strong and fond memories of the Where’s Waldo? books and admit that I used to have his location memorized on almost every page.
Since their addition to the collection they have been in constant circulation as this classic hidden picture book character finds a new audience in a new generation. Waldo has definitely not lost his appeal!
I decided Waldo needed his own library center. I went surfing and found decent pictures of Waldo that I printed, laminated and cut out. I put together a collection of Waldo, Odlaw, Wizard Whitebeard, Wilma, and Woof as well as three of their lost objects: binoculars, a golden key and a scroll.
I hid the objects on our our bookshelves around the library. Contest entry forms ask students to look for Waldo and crew. When they find a character or object they write down a call number from the shelf where that item is located and then turn completed slips in to a large fish bowl.
So far the students are enjoying the challenge. The younger students are simply looking for Waldo and the older ones are completing the entry slips. I anticipate that by the end of the month many of the students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will have completed the contest. They’ll look for Waldo on their first few library visits and then complete the entry slips later in the month.
Shhh…. Don’t tell where he’s hiding!