One doesn’t need a Jedi-mind trick to get children and families excited for a good book, but, just in case, be sure to check out the Gretna Public Library this Saturday.
As a part of the Star Wars Reads Day, the Gretna Public Library will host the Imperial 80th Squad of the 501st Legion Central Garrison for a day of photo-ops, stories, activities and prizes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“I don’t know how many ways we can say we’re excited,” said Rebecca Brooks, assistant library director and creative director.
Brooks said the library has hosted a variety of Star Wars themed events in the past, which she said were by far the most popular activities outside of the summer reading program. However, the library heard about the Star Wars Reads Day last year and wanted to be a part of it as soon as possible.
“The focus is literacy tied to Star Wars,” she said.
While normally operating within book stores, Brooks said Lucasfilm productions supports the initiative for literacy.
“Star Wars Reads Day is the kind of initiative that we at Lucasfilm love to support,” said Carol Roeder, director of publishing at Lucasfilm in a press release. “Reading and Star Wars have gone hand-in-hand since 1976, when the novelization of the original Star Wars movie was released. Over the years, many fans have discovered the joy in reading through Star Wars books, and we hope to continue encouraging more people to read.”
The main attraction, Brooks said, will be the “Fighting 501st” — a group of cosplayers dressed as a variety of Imperial troopers from Star Wars.
“There are some really excellent Star Wars characters,” Brooks said, adding she herself is a huge Star Wars fan.
Children, and adults, will have the opportunity to take photos alongside the 501st members, as well as enjoy a Star Wars themed reading time, prize drawing or participate in a “talk like a Wookie “contest.
The library will also have a large selection of Star Wars books for patrons to pick up and enjoy, Brooks said, with children’s and adults’ books .
Children are also encouraged to participate in dressing up themselves, Brooks said.
“That’s one of the best parts!” she said.
For more information on the event, contact the library at 402-502-9088.