In a galaxy not so far away: Star Wars Reads Day (TPIB: Space)
In a galaxy not so far away . . .
The Force is coming strongly to libraries across the country on October 6- StarWars Reads Day is being held nationwide in conjunction with Lucasfilms and its publishing partners (Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK Publishing, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines and Workman). While registration is closed for libraries that want to be labeled an “official site,” you can still join in the celebration of all things Jedi and Sith.
You can create mini galaxies by upcycling (don’t you just love that word?) baby food jars. All you need is an empty (and clean) baby food jar, water, glycerin, glitter and whatever other little doodads you want to place inside (like colored aquarium rocks). You can get complete instructions at Inhabitots. I have done this craft with teens and they loved it.
You can also use a variety of recycled cans, computer parts, etc. – whatever you can find – and have older participants make robots.
If you want to get really creative, have a collection of flat rocks, and have your participants paint their favorite characters. Then, after they’re dry, have them judged by “experts” for small prizes.
You can download the full color activity pack at the Star Wars Reads Day site
Last Stop: The Cantina!
Don’t forget to bust out the techno music and have your teens do their favorite robot dancing. Take a page out of the popular Comic Con and do some cosplay (costume play) and ask teens to come in their best Star Wars costume, with points for creativity. You can even get some dry ice and have some amazing drinks to serve.
When thinking Star Wars, remember it doesn’t have to come directly off the silver screen. Anything space, aliens, robots and technology would apply. This is a great way to use popular culture to get teens thinking creatively, thinking tech, and turn your library into a place that is out of this world!
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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