From 6:15 to 8:15 pm on Friday the 23rd, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library will be a strictly 18 and older zone for their quarterly Library Takeover – a free after hours event that features video games, crafts, and Nerf fights.
According to Bonnie Brzozowski, the librarian in charge of the event, the first takeovers were held for teens and tweens, but it wasn’t long before the adults began asking asked when it was their turn. Their first adults-only takeover had a turnout of 50 people, and it has been a library fixture ever since.
This year, the library will also be experimenting with themed takeover nights. For example, on September the 27th, they will be holding a Vegas night with poker and blackjack; free of any actual gambling. This was inspired by nights when the adults focused more on playing video games or crafting than Nerf, so Brzozowski and her fellow librarians wanted to try out events featuring other activities.
When asked how these events benefit the library, Brzozowski says that they demonstrate the library offers more to the community than just books. One of the goals of the adult-oriented takeovers is to provide after hours entertainment that is both free of charge and sober, filling a void in the nightlife of Corvallis.
By Brandon Urey