Teens can experience Sherlock-style murder mystery Oct. 25

For the 10th year in a row, a murder will occur this month at the Wilsonville Public Library.

Mayhem is likely to follow, but don’t worry. It will be just the everyday sort of mayhem that happens when you gather dozens of teenagers in one place.

The Wilsonville library is sponsoring a murder mystery for teens Oct. 25.The murder mystery is planned as part of the library’s teen event program. Scheduled for Oct. 25, it will be the library’s 10th annual event. This year’s event has a “Sherlock” theme and is based on the BBC television show depicting Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective. The event is open to area students in middle and high school. Everyone who attends participates, according to youth services librarian Brad Clark.

“Members of the library’s teen advisory board will run stations where teams earn clues,” Clark said.

Participants will visit an interrogation room, crime scene sketch area and a crime lab. Solving the mystery will send teens scrambling all over the library.

“It’s a very social game,” Clark said. “Some are more interested in solving the mystery, others just want to dress up and hang out with friends.”

Teens who attend are encouraged to come in costume. Prizes will be awarded in several categories.

“Since Halloween is all about the candy, we award ... king-size candy bars to multiple winners,” Clark said. “It’s not about who’s got the one, best costume, but rewarding the top shows of effort and originality.”

Attendance has increased steadily since the first murder mystery nine years ago.

“We typically have between 40 and 50 teens at the event, making it one of our most consistently popular events,” Clark said. “Many teens have made it their annual tradition, since they may be a bit too old for trick or treating on Halloween night but still want to have fun and show off a costume. We are never sure how many will attend, but we plan the event with as much flexibility as possible for maximum participation.”

The free event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Wilsonville Public Library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road. Students in grades six through 12 are invited. Contact the library’s youth services department at 503-570-1592 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

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