Children invited to practice detective skills at Stillwater Public Library Sept. 17

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(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Aug. 23, 2013) - History detectives at the Stillwater Public Library will celebrate Constitution Day on Tuesday, Sept. 17, by working together to solve a constitutional mystery.  Twenty-five child-caregiver teams will learn about the meaning behind the U.S. Constitution as they complete activities, puzzles and codes during “The Case of the Unsigned Constitution.”


“Kids sometimes think history is a dry, boring subject,” said Elizabeth Murray, children’s librarian.  “We want to use these fun activities to get more excited in learning about this remarkable event in history.”


According to Murray, the event will include activities that will help kids understand why the Articles of Confederation were replaced with the Constitution and which issues were being debated by the Founding Fathers.  Murray is designing games like code-breaking, creating currency, a string maze and a nerf shootout to illustrate these lessons.


“Many of our children’s programs are now being designed with the public school’s upcoming Common Core Curriculum in mind,” said Murray.  “We want to find fun ways for children to analyze why events in history happened, rather than just feeding them facts. 


“We also want to help children develop their team building skills.  They will have to work cooperatively with their caregivers to complete the activities and solve the final mystery.”


The event’s activities will culminate in the signing of the Constitution and a celebration.


The program, which begins at 4:30 p.m., is free and open to children in grades 1-4.  Each child should be accompanied by a caregiver to create a team.


To register a child-caregiver team for the event, please call 405-372-3633 x106 or email  For more information, please visit the library's website at