What really happened in the library? Was it really one of the librarians?
Can you be a crime scene detective? What do you notice that is wrong with the damaged building?
What’s the Story?
by Paige Rosenthal
On February 22, 2019 some of the librarians stayed later than normal to set up for for March activities. They discovered an odd scene: the LEGO building had been greatly damaged! What really happened? Well here is how it goes…
The library closed at 8pm that evening. Danielle, the Youth Librarian came back with her dogs Chloe & Rosie, since she would be staying later. She didn’t want the dog to be left along for too long. While she was working and focusing in the library activity room, she did not know that her dogs had wandered outside of her office door.
Janice, another librarian in the children’s room, came to the scene first; she’d heard a muffled crash sound. Chloe and Rosie Danielle's dogs were playing and had jumped up and tipped part of the LEGO building and then knocked LEGOs from the roof and other parts of the building. That’s what created the scene you witnessed. Other evidence at the main desk in the Children’s room came to be because of all the librarians going to see what happened. They weren’t sure because the knocked over coffee cup soaked the books. Janice got Danielle and together they went through and try to dry the soaked books. But they also noticed that there were LEGO pieces scattered on the shelf and floor: part of the roof, an umbrella top, a tree, and some bricks. They tried to gather things up and clean up as best they could. They left but were concerned about the missing LEGOs and how something like this could have happened. Meanwhile the frazzled dogs had gone back to her space under the desk in Children’s Room office. They dozed off! So the librarians called detectives to come in the next morning.
If you look carefully at the smeared note you may notice another pattern, perhaps left by Chloe or Rosie. The evidence that baffled everyone was the unidentified suspect’s hair, suspect #4. A more careful analysis was done by Forensic Biologists who took the unidentified hair DNA and analyzed it with a national collection of DNA from many types of living organisms. They looked for a match! The results showed that this was a non-human living thing. A computer comparison helped analyze the DNA code; it matched to a dog! Another clue is that fur from a dog does not vary much in length; it stops growing.
Now which pup was it? How do you think we could figure that out?