STRANGE ESCAPE ATTEMPT — A group attempts to unlock the secrets to the Stranger Things escape room Tuesday afternoon in the Independence Public Library. Left to right, Olivia Goodwin, Summer Raymond, Destiny Raymond, Tonia Raymond and Bethany Raymond. Taina Copeland | Staff Photo
STRANGE ESCAPE ATTEMPT — A group attempts to unlock the secrets to the Stranger Things escape room Tuesday afternoon in the Independence Public Library. Left to right, Olivia Goodwin, Summer Raymond, Destiny Raymond, Tonia Raymond and Bethany Raymond. Taina Copeland | Staff Photo

The temperatures outside are rising but it's strangely cool inside the Independence Public Library. But time is slipping away to take part in the library's escape room so grab four friends, call 620-331-3030 and sign up to unlock the secrets in this escape room based on the hit Netflix original show "Stranger Things." Development Coordinator Brandon West and Teen Librarian Betsy Fisher said teams can still sign up as the room will be set up for escaping through Friday at 6 p.m.

Fisher explained the room has four scenes from the popular show, some more authentic than others. "Basically, there are clues hidden all around, there are three locks you have to open and the clues give you the combination or the keys to the locks," she said with a smile. "Another library created it and we followed their advice and adapted it to our space."

Scenes include Byer's Castle, Joyce's living room, Hopper's Desk and Mike's Room. "If you haven't seen the show, you should watch it. It's a lovely tribute to the 1980s and all things that were wonderful then," Fisher said grinning. 

Fisher said each team has 45 minutes to break out of the escape room. West added the room was opened this week due to the release of season three of the show. "It's kind of a celebration of the new season," he said. 

"If you need clues, we can give you two clues and if you escape you get a button," Fisher noted. "And if you don't escape you get a button. I've heard rumors that people like the 'failed' buttons better than the 'escape' buttons." The failed button features the monster from the show and says, "I failed to escape the Upside Down." The escape buttons say, "I escaped the Upside Down." 

There is no particular room a team starts in, said Fisher. "We just bring them into the room, read them a list of rules and everything you need to solve the puzzles are in here," she said. Although there is one lock on a tent that needs to be opened first as there are things inside the tent that help you solve the other puzzles.

"It's kind of like foraging until you find clues and one leads to the next clue," West said.

Up to five are allowed on a team and all you have to do to set a time is call the library, 620-331-3030 to sign up for an available time slot. 

"If you like the show then it will be fun because there is little stuff all around that is part of the show that you maybe wouldn't notice if you don't watch the show," Fisher noted. West said a group was in where the children watch the show but the mother did not. "When the mom unlocked one of the locks, one of the kids said, 'Well, how do you know that? You don't watch the show,'" he said.

"The kids in the show played Dungeons and Dragons so we have a scene from that set up and we have the missing posters for some of the kids who go missing," explained Fisher.

The Stranger Things escape room is open to teens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and adults from 4 p.m. to close through Friday.