Dubuque, IA – On the first Saturday of every month the Carnegie Stout Public Library turns into more than just a place to read it turns into a battlefield – a Nerf gun battlefield that is.
Since April 2013, adults 18 and older have come to the library each month to engage in games and activities like Capture the Flag or Zombie tag with Nerf guns. Each month the players fight with special opponents, this year it was surprise members of the Dubuque Police Department.
More than 50 people showed up for this month’s game which was one of the biggest turn outs ever. Amy Muchmore, a librarian and event coordinator, explained that this event brings in players from all over the Tri-States. “We have people that have been coming faithfully for five years and they come from Madison and Cedar Rapids.”
Muchmore also explained that the library puts on many different events like these because it helps the community feel more engaged. “It may not be the people that you hang out with all the time but you have a shared interest. You play with strangers and they become friends. You’re playing with friends, and you meet new people.”
After the game the players have a chance to sit together and talk over pizza, drinks, and other snacks. The library offers many different free events like Nerf wars, book clubs, and workshops. You can find more events at the library by visiting dubuque.lib.ia.us.
Emilie Dalsing is currently a junior at Loras College with a major in Media Studies. She is a reporter and Technical Director for Loras College Television. At Loras she is involved in the Public Relations Club. She reports for LCTV News because she likes to find interesting stories in the Dubuque community that the public may not know about.