I did it – dressed as a pirate for World Book Night and had a parrot on my shoulder (well on my back but close enough!). I was giving away copies of Treasure Island with my Leith Library Reader in Residence pirate hat on. We wanted to encourage people to read by doing something a little different so we hid in a secret Leith Location with a giant golden macaw called Bongo.
There’s Treasure in Them There Books!
To find us people had to solve clues using a new library resource www.ourtownstories.co.uk. They used old maps and photos of Leith to solve the clues to reveal a secret pirate postcode. Then they just had to go there and look for a pirate flag. I had a lot of fun taking photos of the clues with various pirate backgrounds. Captain Colm had fun covering paper with tea and baking it in the oven to make it look old!
You can have a go at solving the clues on the Leith Library blog here.
X Marks the Spot
It was fab when people actually found us! We gave them copies of Treasure Island and let them choose from a range of prizes donated by local businesses too. We had a pirate wardrobe for people to delve into and we took photos of them in pirate gear with the parrot.
Children were carefully positioned in front of the parrot so it looked like it was on their shoulder. Adults did the real thing. Check out the photos of all the pirates who came to visit here.
So what was it like to have a parrot on your back? To tell you the truth I was petrified. The parrot was very nice but it flapped and made loud noises and I’m just a bit scared of big birds with big beaks being close to my head!
Thanks to The Crew
Captain Colm (he’s a digital librarian – he masterminded the clues)
1st Mate Victoria (Made the voyage from Carlisle with her parrot)
Pirate Jim (let us capture the Leith Agency’s Barge)
Leith Library Staff Pirates (who dressed up to mark the occasion)
I drove the parrot home, not to Carlisle but to Leith. He has two homes like the Queen. It was very strange – looking in my mirror to see Bongo looking back! That was yesterday, my day as a pirate.
I’ve written about our day and the treasure hunters who found us on the Leith Library blog here.