Whatever you think of scavenger hunts as library assignments, I hope you’re as amused as I am by this anecdote from the folks who run the San Francisco Treasure Hunt (including the Chinese New Year Hunt, coming up shortly):
[O]ne year, a rather difficult clue required players to determine the pseudonym under which T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1922 (the name was “Ross” and it led to Ross Alley, a narrow one-block long street in Chinatown). Many players checked a biography of Lawrence available at a bookstore. But one imaginative team, realizing that the local libraries were closed, called the public library in Honolulu (where it was three hours earlier); the librarian gladly provided the information.