Star Wars Reads Day 2013
October 17, 2013
Star Wars Reads Day is an international event that celebrates reading and all things Star Wars. Launched in 2012 by Lucasfilm and its publishing partners, the event attracts participation throughout the world.
The Liberty Branch hosted a Star Wars Reads Day event on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Five volunteers from the 70th Explorer’s Garrison, a local chapter of the 501st Legion (a Star Wars Imperial costuming group), came dressed as Star Wars characters and also brought a fully functioning R2D2!
The program began with library staff planner and facilitator, Tracy, reading a selection of Follow the Force by Rob Valois. Tracy also helped allay fears for the small children attending by talking about the costumes that were worn and the real people underneath the costumes.
All attendees had a chance to take group and individual pictures with the characters as they mingled during the event. The children had fun making an origami Yoda, creating a bookmark, and playing a memory game. In addition, all participants were given Star Wars pins. Drawings were held for Star Wars books, cups, a game, a crafted “death star,” and posters.
Duncan Jenkins, a local author, was in attendance with a display of Star Wars books from around the world. The event attracted 215 attendees who had a great time!