DATE: June 25, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
This summer, Broward County Library is launching QR Quest, an exciting online game that takes customers on an interactive journey through the many valuable services and resources Broward County Library offers. QR Quest is Broward County Library’s first virtual treasure hunt and the prizes are treasures, indeed:
- iPod Touch (8 winners)
- Kindle (7 winners)
- iPad 3 (3 winners)
- iPod Shuffle (8 winners)
All Broward County residents with a current Broward County Library card are eligible to play. Players with smart phones such as iPhones and Androids can scan QR (quick response) codes located on an online entry form on the library’s website to answer questions about the library. Don’t have a smart phone? Use these alternate clues to solve the QR Quest questions. Return the completed entry form to any Broward County Library location for the opportunity to win. Find the answers and you can win an e-reader, iPad or iPod. Learn about your library, have fun and earn prizes? A win-win for everyone!
Playing QR Quest is simple. Download the online entry form and then scan the QR codes with any smart phone with a free QR code app. Answer the eight questions about Broward County Library’s services for a chance to win valuable prizes provided courtesy of the Broward Public Library Foundation.
Winners can use their prizes to take advantage of the electronic services Broward County Library provides, including free music and book downloads. Stock that new Kindle or iPad with free downloadable books available on the library’s website, including bestsellers and even Harry Potter! Download BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls, the library’s free mobile app and get library service anytime and anywhere. Winners of the iPods can kick start a music collection with free music downloads from Sony Records from your library via Freegal (customers can download five free songs a week).
- Print the entry form, complete answers to all eight questions and submit your entry in person at any Broward County Library location by September 15, 2012.
- Limit one entry per Broward County Library card number. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
- Entries must be delivered in person to a Broward County Library or mailed to: Broward County Main Library, Attn: E-services, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Prizes cannot be shipped and must be claimed at Main Library in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
- Broward County Library employees cannot provide answers to QR Quest.
- Broward County Library employees and their families are not eligible to win prizes.
- All entries received by September 15, 2012 with correct answers will be included in a random drawing for all prizes. Prizes were funded courtesy of the Broward Public Library Foundation.
- QR codes can be scanned with any smart phone suing a free QR code app. Check you phone’s app store for availability. Alternate clues are available for those without a smart phone.
QR codes are two-dimensional bar codes with content designed to be decoded electronically at a high speed. QR codes store data such as website addresses and then, when scanned, they bring the user directly to the website via the user’s smart phone. Broward County Library has been a leader in creatively using QR code technology to bring library services to unusual and unexpected places. A partnership with the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in June 2011 brought free books to travelers at the airport. LCD screens featuring Broward County Library posters with QR codes were featured in the baggage claim area of the airport. Visitors could use their smart phone to scan the codes, which allowed them to download 34,000 free books – all without a Broward County Library card.
In March 2012, Broward County Library and Broward County Mass Transit Divisions joined together to place a metal sign with a QR code in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Central Terminal. This poster allows non-Broward County Library customers to access free downloadable books, while Broward County Library cardholders to access the BCL WoW mobile app. QR codes are also used at 20 Broward County Library locations to promote programs and events and to also offer free downloadable books. The use of QR codes was a factor in Broward County Library receiving a 2012 National Association of Counties Achievment Award for BCL WoW - Broward County Library Without Walls.
For more information on QR Quest, please contact Stephen Grubb at 954-357-7977, email@example.com.
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 37 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive and award-winning Web site, www.broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.