A pack of rabid zombies invaded the Tyler Public Library and all that stood in their way was an army of children with nerf guns.

The Nerf War event for teens and tweens on Tuesday was just one of more than 100 events happening at the library this summer.

Outreach Coordinator Kathryn Bennett said the library is doing more events this year aimed at children in middle school and high school.

“We’re hoping to remind teens that we’re here and invested in them,” she said.

The Nerf War event kicked off with the tweens rotating between playing zombies and humans in the Taylor Auditorium.

The goal for the zombies was to capture a human’s flag, while the humans tried to hit the zombies with the nerf darts. Afterward the students split into two teams to build their own fortresses.

Jaylan Bowser, 11, said he was having a blast battling his zombie friends.

“It’s really fun,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting to have so many challenges.”

Upcoming events for children of all ages include Makerspace creations, Cupcake Wars, Lego block parties, storytime and more.

For more information, visit http://library.cityoftyler.org.


Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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