DIY Silent Library

Introduction: DIY Silent Library

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In this Instructable I'll be showing you how to put on your own silent library game show at home, great for party's or just for fun, let's get started!

Step 1: The Supplies

First I'll show you how to make the box that reveals the challenge to the contestants these are the supplies you'll need to gather:

a box (I use a smaller paper plate box but anyone will do!)

a lever(I got it from an old toy but if you can't find anything you could use a PVC pipe!)

X-acto knife


fishing line (or thread!)

black paint


paint brush

Duct tape


extra cardboard

Step 2: Cut a Square

Start by cutting a square on the front of the box using the X-acto knife, the size of the square will vary depending on the box, Then flip the box around and cut an access panel on the back.(so you can change the sign)

Step 3: Insert the Lever

Next place the lever on the side of the box about half way and trace around it with the pen and cut it out with the X-acto, then insert the lever and cut two small pieces of tape then stick them to the sides of the lever.

Step 4: Make the Mechanism

To make the dropping mechanism start by cutting a square of cardboard a little bit bigger then the front hole and set it aside, next attach the fishing line(or thread) to the lever by opening up the side of the box and securing the string with tape, then poke two holes in the bottom of the box (using the tack) right next to each other and run the string through them,after that all you have to do is tie the tack to the loose end of the string and your done!

Step 5: Set the Box

to set the mechanism just press the tack through the bigger piece of cardboard then tack the card board to the box, this is the inside when the lever is pulled:

Step 6: Reading Slot

To make the slot for reading cut a piece of cardboard the same size as the panel that drop's, then put a piece of duct tape along the top and attach it to the box, finally take a piece of tape(around 1 and a half inches) and fold it back a quarter of the way, then fold it over again and attach it to the bottom of the reading slot and your done!

Step 7: Painting

Next paint the whole box black along with the panel!

Step 8: Finished Box

After the paint dries it's done, this is the finished product!

Step 9: The Cards

The final thing you need is the cards, I made some on my computer and posted the link to flickr, here's the link so you can download and print them:

To download click the picture to go to slide show mode, then click view all sizes and then download then you can print them off from there!

Step 10: Challanges

As far as the challenges go you can get ideas from the show or you can make them up you self!

Step 11: The Sound Meter

Now don't forget the most important rule of the game.....Silence! and to make sure that it's accurate you'll need a sound meter to work with,I found a site with a ton to choose from, I'll put the link below:

when you choose your meter your all you need to do is know the rules of play, after that your ready to go!

Step 12: Game Play!

A team of six players sits at a study table, three on each side, with a host sitting nearby the entrance. Six cards are placed face down on the table, and each player picks one and flips it over. Typically, five of the cards are green and marked "Safe"; the sixth, with a yellow,skull and crossbones means that its holder must endure a bizarre "punishment" challenge. In some cases five of the six cards will show the skull and crossbones, leaving only one player safe. While the challenge is in progress, an on-screen gauge indicates the amount of noise made by the team. If the noise level goes into the gauge's red zone at any time, the team automatically loses the challenge. Only afterward does the host inform the team of their success or failure in this respect, as they are unaware of the gauge's readings. The team can also lose if they fail to achieve the objective of the challenge.

The game is played in four rounds, with three challenges in each of the first three rounds and one in the fourth. Successful challenges in rounds 1, 2, and 3 earn $300, $400, and $800 for the team, respectively; the fourth-round challenge awards $1,000. All winnings are split equally among the six players, and the host pays them off as they exit. The maximum amount of money you can win is $5,600.00.

the currency (or Money)would not have to necessarily be money, it could be certain items depending on the situation.

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    4 Discussions

    Dream Dragon
    Dream Dragon

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Your instructable seems to be about a TV show, but with no description of the game it makes no sense. Not every one who reads instructables will be watching the same TV channel you have, and while it may be possible to google the TV show, it would be nice to describe how to actually PLAY the game you are building.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Oh sorry about that thanks for the tip, I'll fix it!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Well it would be nice if some people would click the link provided that does tell people what the game show is about