Star Wars Reads Day comes to Springville Public Library – Daily Herald
The iconic tune of the Star Wars Main Theme and characters from the famous space series greeted excited families Friday as they made their way into the Springville Public Library for Star Wars Reads Day.
“It’s a national thing that George Lucas and Lucasfilms sponsors,” said Kim Christensen, teen librarian at the Springville Public Library. She explained that the event aims to familiarize visitors with what libraries offer and encourage readers, both young and old, to pick up a book and read.
Carnival-themed games galore, photo booths with Star Wars characters, a dance floor with disco ball, droid-ball racing, and booths to create lightsabers and Yoda ears were just a few of the activities available to visitors in the library.
Besides the library staff, several groups of volunteers made the event come together. Latinos in Action from Springville High School along with other volunteers from the local high school and junior high, Merit College Preparatory Academy and local non-profit Star Wars enthusiast groups came in character to help create a more authentic Star Wars experience.
The event started initially as something for just teens at the library. But then the library wondered, “Why don’t we make this for the whole community?” said Christensen. She further explained that Star Wars, much like libraries, are not just for kids. She emphasized that the latter also offered much more to the community than just books.
Christensen also cites strong community support to the event’s success. “Each year it keeps on getting bigger and bigger, and I think that’s because it’s an event and a place where families can just have fun,” she said.