May the Fourth Be With You!

Today is May the Fourth, better known as Intergalactic Star Wars Day!

Last year we did a May the Fourth program but this year I opted to skip it and focus more on SWRD in October….however…. I got a few sad queries about if we were doing May the Fourth and why not so I decided on a whim to do a pop-up program. Luckily I was working all weekend and was able to prepare and set things up before I left Sunday evening so it’d be ready Monday morning before I came in. I did a very passive program of activity sheets and a droid craft that I put out on our play tables and just left for most of the afternoon. I plan to clean it up after storytime tonight.

Here’s a peek!

droid craft full of pompoms and do-dads

droid craft full of pompoms and do-dads

craft stations

craft stations

greeting patrons in our lobby

greeting patrons in our lobby

quick and dirty book display

quick and dirty book display

reference mascot, Chapter the Raptor sporting his lightsaber

reference mascot, Chapter the Raptor, sporting his lightsaber

look at how tiny and cute it is! hahah

look at how tiny and cute it is! haha

May the Fourth be with you!

May the Fourth be with you!

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May the 4th Be With You!!

Today is Intergalactic Star Wars Day!

YAY!

Why, you might ask, is today Star Wars Day? well….

“In 2005, George Lucas was asked so say the famous line, “May the Force be with you” during an interview with German news TV channel N24. The interpreter relayed it as “Am 4. Mai sind wir bei Inhen” – translated to, “On May 4 we are with you”. This was captured by TV Total and aired on May 18, 2005. Since then, “May the Fourth be with you” has trended among fans everywhere. “

I’m a giant Star Wars nerd. I admit it.

Here I am sporting my Droid leggings and my Boba Fett costume hoodie giving bunny ears to a young patron that is borrowing my Boba Fett helmet and a blaster during a past Star Wars library event.

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I’ll take any excuse to dress in my nerd gear.

Anywho, We are Celebrating Star Wars Day here at the library and I am GEEKED!

We have lots of neat stuff planned including, but not limited to crafts, food, and play and will also have some special guests visiting from the 501st Legion!  Score!

I’m really looking forward to this event because though I’ve celebrated a few Star Wars Reads Days in libraries, this will be my first time doing a May the 4th program which is exciting because unlike Star Wars Reads Day where the focus is really on reading and we just use Star Wars as a tool to promote it, this program is more just for the fun of it.

Speaking of Star Wars Reads Day, here’s a stunning shot by annarbor.com from my very first one at the Ann Arbor District Library back a couple years ago. I’m still quite proud of that program as it was a huge hit; I was really lucky to be able to work together with some great librarians to plan it.

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Does this not look just like you’re spying on a Padawan descending the stairs into the Jedi temple archives on Coruscant to work on his studies? I’m pretty convinced! 😀

I’ll check back in later after all is said and done with an update on what happened and how it all went.

May the Force Be With You!

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**UPDATE**

The event was a huge success! We had some awesome volunteers from the 501st Legion Great Lakes Garrison who really made the event a blast!

I’ll post a few pictures from the event below, but be sure to take a peek at the flickr album to see all of them!

We had some really great costumed attendees! check out this short stormtrooper. :)

We had some really great costumed attendees! check out this short stormtrooper. 🙂

our volunteers were happy to pose for pictures.

our volunteers were happy to pose for pictures.

The view from the checkout desk was much more entertaining than usual.

The view from the checkout desk was much more entertaining than usual.

The room was a bit dark because we were showing a fan made version of star wars and people happily plopped down with some popcorn to watch.

The room was a bit dark because we were showing a fan made version of star wars and people happily plopped down with some popcorn to watch.