The Library Shop scavenger hunt returns with “Where’s Odi?”


The Library Shop’s most popular program is back for the first time since 2019 – with a twist. This year, instead of Waldo, the San Diego Public Library’s adorable new mascot, Odi the coyote, is hiding somewhere in all 36 libraries. Same fun month-long city-wide challenge and same fun prizes.

Where is Odi from the library shop

Library patrons can visit as many libraries as possible during the month of July, searching for a hidden 3-inch cutout of Odi the Coyote somewhere and anywhere, while librarians get creative in their future branch. On Discovering Odi, participants receive a stamp on their Where is Odi passport, as well as a different collectible button from each location in the library. “Where is Odi” @SDPL is free for everyone to participate and the more Odis library customers find, the more buttons and prizes they collect.

This year, library patrons will be looking for Odi, which was created to promote literacy and library resources to younger readers. The new library mascot was born from the vision that the San Diego Public Library is a place of opportunity, discovery and inspiration.

Where to find Odi

The program will run throughout July at all 36 San Diego Public Library locations. People can meet Odi at the launch event at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 2 at the Kensington Library (4121 Adams Ave.). The first 50 children to participate will receive a kite craft kit.

Join this journey of discovery

A family favorite since 2017, @SDPL Where’s Odi (formerly known as @SDPL Where’s Waldo) is a journey of discovery through every neighborhood in San Diego. In 2019, the program’s most recent year, 221 participants visited the library’s 36 locations and more than 14,500 buttons were distributed to participants – each button representing a visit to the library.

Where are the Odi prices

In addition to the collectible buttons, all participants are entered into a draw for Library Shop gift cards. Limited edition hidden “Chrome” buttons and unique “Gold” buttons among the regular buttons are also up for grabs. By collecting one of these buttons, participants can exchange it at the library shop for a mystery prize. Additionally, participants who complete the search and find Odi in all 36 locations will receive a certificate of achievement plus a lanyard to display all 36 buttons and a champion medallion printed in the library’s IDEA lab.

About the Library Shop

The Library Shop is a well curated book and gift shop catering to librarians, library enthusiasts, literature enthusiasts and book enthusiasts inside the Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Common since 2013. We are owned and operated by the SD Library Foundation. All proceeds benefit the San Diego Public Library System. For more information about The Library Shop, visit the site here and follow us on Instagram, Twitterand Facebook.

See you there, San Diego!

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