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August 01, 2012
A group of young detectives descended on the Northbrook Public Library on the evening of Wednesday, July 25, to help staff get to the bottom of some monkey business.
The library's Detective Club, an annual three-week program now in its fourth year, teaches third- and fourth-grade students how to work with various codes and ciphers before presenting them with a mystery to solve.
Youth services librarian Peg Ciszek said this year's mystery involved a purple monkey that was caught on the library's security cameras ransacking the building under the cover of darkness.
Although it's only been around for four years, the program has become a favorite of many area children, with some even traveling from out of state or dressing up in their best detective gear to participate.
"One year I had a little girl come in a pink trench coat," Ciszek said, adding that one student from this year's group, Kyle Griswold, traveled all the way from Milwaukee to take part in the program. "He comes just for this. He comes and visits his grandma and she brings him here, and he came in the first day with a little notebook in his pocket. It's really cute."
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