Scavenger hunts are pretty fun for school visits. Gone are the days when you walk through the section explaining exactly what the Dewey Decimal System means. It is not that we will not help you learn it or do not try to teach it, but why not make the library an interactive place to learn and discover for kids? Teaching the Dewey Decimal System by means of a scavenger hunt (or navigating the library in general) is MUCH more exciting than following single filed in a line while listening to the librarian drone at you. Our department carries all age scavenger hunts ranging from Pre-K through high school of our Youth Services Department.
Many libraries do scavenger hunts and you can find sample documents online. I will just share a few that use. Below is our general scavenger hunt for elementary [2-8 grade].
It is in a format that can be easily duplicated. Next is our preschool to first grade scavenger hunt. We just use the format provided by ALSC (Association for Library Services to Children).
We rarely get high school scavenger requests so I am not including the document. If you want to tailor scavenger hunts to your library and need ideas all the scavenger hunts provided by ALSC are easy to modify.
I have never had a class not have fun with scavenger hunts. It is also a great opportunity to provide customer service and build relationships with your schools by offering assistance and talking with kids about their search process.