Registration open for 2nd Annual Spy Hunt!

Be a part of history as the Library takes you back in time to the Revolutionary War Era. You will become a spy, forced to solve codes, puzzles, and clues to prove your research skills and assist in the rebellion.

The Library is working to enhance our most challenging scavenger hunt to date – Spy Hunt.  On Long Island, General George Washington once relied on a network of spies to secretly relay information in our area. They used devices such as ciphers, invisible ink and coded text to stay one step ahead of the British.  Participants will use these same methods to enhance their knowledge of library locations, databases, tools, and services.  The lucky will win prizes; all will gain the benefit of picking up some extra knowledge to aid in future assignments requiring research.

This year, Library Staff are utilizing the app Recho to create an audio aspect to the hunt.  Participants who download the free app can hear messages left by “legendary spy 355” as they reach each new clue checkpoint.  Each audio message left by the mysterious agent from the past at clue locations will help hunters carry out their mission.  This help will come in the form of historical background highlighting the location’s significance or added explanation to help understand the importance of the research skill being put to the test.

Click HERE to learn more or to register for Spy Hunt!


Darren Chase

Darren Chase

Head of Scholarly Communication at Stony Brook University Libraries
Darren is the SBU Libraries head of Scholarly Communication, and library liaison to: the Sustainability Studies Programs; the Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning; and the Department of Theatre Arts.
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