Children used their imaginations to build racecars fast enough to beat "Cars" star Lightning McQueen on Saturday, as the Tyler Public Library hosted a drive-in movie event featuring a showing of the popular Disney movie "Cars" in vehicles created from cardboard boxes.

Volunteers and library staff applauded the imagination and creativity of the children, ranging in age from 2 to 10 years old, as they helped the youngsters turn plain cardboard boxes into the vehicle of their dreams. Some were functional, others flashy. 

An estimated 100 children and parents turned out, looking for an alternative to staying in on a rainy weekend.

According to Linda Gray, the youth services librarian, the staff tries to coordinate with volunteers to host an event almost every week.

"Next we have a Lego build," Gray said. "Kids can come in and build based on books and have (their work) displayed in the library through the month of April."

The Lego build will take place at 4:30 p.m. March 30 and 31 at the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College Ave. Parents are encouraged to register prior to the event.

For more information, call 903-593-7323.


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