Kyle Deblrecourt (left) and Michael Baser duel Friday, ...
October 15, 2013
As is usual for closing time at the Mokena Community Pubic Library, lights were turned off around 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.
But the building was not yet empty.
Minutes later, the still-unlit library sprang back to life as a group of about 20 fourth- through eighth-grade students engaged in an epic battle of laser tag.
"It was great," said the library's Director of Young Adults Wendy Asbridge, who organized the event with Director of Teens and Reference Luke Surdel. "The thing they love most is that it's after hours. We turn off the lights. All you can see is the lights
flashing off their vests. They run for an hour. It's a lot of fun."
Participants were split into two groups, one waging war between the library stacks on the main
floor's south end, the
other dueling throughout the less-cluttered reading room.
The children played a variety of laser tag games and seemed to thoroughly
enjoy themselves, Asbridge said.
"They meet a lot of new friends this way," she said. "It seems to be the ones that are the shy, reserved ones that really come out of their shells.
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