Star Wars fans – this weekend it’s time to awaken the force.
Hamilton’s Central Library will host Star Wars Reads Day this Saturday (6 October) and it’s an opportunity for fans and families of the famous sci-fi film series to show their love for one of cinema’s most-loved tales.
Aaron Martin, Children and Teens’ Librarian at Hamilton City Libraries, says Star Wars Reads Day is a family free event that celebrates reading and the magic of the Star Wars stories.
Star Wars Reads Day is a literacy initiative linking iconic popular culture and the encouragement of young people and families to come to the library and engage in fun activities promoting reading. It is an international event.
“Visitors to the library on the day can check out our latest Star Wars books and revel in the fun of reading about their favourite galactic heroes and villains,” Mr Martin says.
“We’re encouraging people to come dressed as their favourite Star Wars characters, meet New Zealand’s Star Wars fan group Outpost 42, and take the opportunity to get a photo with a Stormtrooper.
“We will have fun activities including a Star Wars themed obstacle course, face painting, nerf gun target shooting, Lego build challenges, light sabre battles, and more.”
At 12.30pm there will be a readers’ theatre performance and the winner of the library’s best dressed Star Wars customer-cum-character will be announced.
To make it easier for families and fans to attend, Hamilton City Libraries has collaborated with Busit, which will be running free buses from The Base to the Transport Centre (just a short walk to the Central Library.
“Families will travel on the double decker buses with drivers dressed as Jedi! On arrival Storm Troopers will meet and escort kids down to the library at 10.30 and 11.30am,” Mr Martin says.
This is a collaborative event hosted by Hamilton City Libraries, Busit, Creative Waikato, and Central City Business Association, and will start at 10.30am.