How to ‘Book’ a murderer

Suzette Lowe
Jackson Newspapers

For fans of “Law and Order,” “Murder She Wrote” or “Forensic Files,” an upcoming event hosted by the Jackson County Public Library will be just what the amateur detective ordered. 

A semi-virtual murder mystery, “Murder in the Stacks,” will offer an opportunity for local sleuths to evaluate clues, watch interviews of suspects and do exercises that hopefully will lead them to the culprit. 

Signups will begin Aug. 31. 

On Sept. 8, those who want to participate can come to the Ripley Library and get their first week’s packet filled with information and “Keep It Sharp” activities. Each successive week will have a new packet with the killer being revealed the last week of September. Suspect interviews will be posted on the library’s new YouTube channel, “JCPL Ripley.”

The original script was the brainchild of the Ripley Library staff. 

“Someone donated a CSI book,” circulation supervisor Carla Long said. “It had some neat activities that just inspired us to come up with our own mystery game. Like most of our ideas, the more we talked the bigger it got.” 

As with most businesses and groups, finding ways to be creative in the way they serve their patrons is a challenge. The library is no different. 

“We are trying to come up with ways to interact with the public,” Long said. “We want people to think creatively and work their brains.” 

For information about “Murder in the Stacks” and any other services and programs, call the Ripley Library at 304-372-5343.