Escape rooms have popped all over the country and their popularity has grown as a result. The concept is simple: you and your friends are locked in a themed room for an average of 30- 45 minutes. Your job is to find clues scattered around the room and solve puzzles to escape the room or finish a task in the prescribed amount of time. Sometimes red herrings, designed to throw you off track and waste precious minutes, are thrown in. Most escape room companies charge $25 or more per person per room. Luckily, the Laurens County Public Library system doesn’t charge for its programming.

On Wednesday, October 9 from 1-5pm, Afternooners – ages 12-18 – will have the opportunity to participate in Youth Services’ newest escape room – Warlock’s Lair. Every escape room has a story to help guide the players in finding clues and solving puzzles. In this one, an evil warlock is trying to cast a curse on all the land. It’s up to a group of young wizards to stop him before it’s too late.

“We’ve always had a lot of success with escape rooms,” explained Caitlin Bellinger, Youth Services Coordinator. “The teens get so excited when we announce a new one and immediately want to know when the next one will be.”

Potential players and teams should register before the day of the event.

Parents and caregivers are welcome to observe. All adults must be accompanied by a teen. The Laurens County Library is happy to offer a welcoming environment to teens and encourage all to visit the library for special events as well as for general usage.

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