An Unexpected Way to Connect

Written by Wynn Zetterberg

When everything locked down for Covid, many people started looking for fun and creative ways to interact with people but in a safe manner. The Children’s Department was no exception. One of the coolest ways I found that other libraries and businesses were connecting with people was by using Google Forms. However, this is also something you could do with your kids.

Google Forms is a survey and test making application within Google Docs. Most people use it to give questionnaires for feedback. Some teachers use it for tests and quizzes. However, I found several people using it in unexpected ways. One library, the Peters Township Public Library in Pennsylvania, made a Harry Potter themed escape room.

I started to wonder what ways I could use it to interact with patrons. The theme for this month’s Spark Zone is superheroes. So with my theme in mind, I created a superhero based choose your own adventure story. The story is simple, but you wake up one day and discover you have powers. I kept my story generic to try to appeal to as many people as possible.

Now it is your turn to go and create something unexpected. Google Forms is a free app, but you will need a Google account to sign in. You might need to create an account if you do not already have one, or if you are setting things up for your child. Once you have created something, you can share with family and friends like I did.

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