WANT TO GO?
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Kanawha County Public Library, 123 Capitol St.
INFO: 304-343-4646 or www.kanawhalibrary.org.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While dark forces are gathering in the form of ghouls and zombies for much of the East End's HallowEast this weekend, Kanawha County's libraries are celebrating another kind of force -- The Force -- with all things "Star Wars" this week.
Now through Saturday afternoon, the Kanawha County Public Library and many of its branches are hosting a variety of "Star Wars"-related activities and events with their Jedi Jamboree.
Mostly, it's for the Padawans (younger Jedi types), but Toni Blessing, Adult Services Manager, said, "We tried to make our event appeal to just about everybody who likes 'Star Wars.'"
Blessing said the library has talked about doing some sort of "Star Wars"-themed event for quite a while. The sci-fi series has an enduring appeal.
"It's still so popular with so many people," she said. "Adults, teens and kids love the books and films. We think this will be a good family event."
While events are scattered at different branches during the week, the Jedi Jamboree reaches its explosive conclusion Saturday with a full day of activities at the main library downtown.
"We have Jedi Knight training for little kids," she said. "They'll be making a lightsaber, making their way through a wormhole and doing other things to earn their Jedi Knight badge."
Blessing also said a "Star Wars"-themed costume contest is planned with separate categories for children 12 and under, teens and adults. The library will host a book signing and talk by "Star Wars" author John Jackson Miller as well.
Miller has written a number of "Star Wars" comic books, short stories and several novels, including his latest, "Kenobi," which tells of Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi's life on the desert world of Tatooine during the time between "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" and "Episode IV: A New Hope." Released in August, "Kenobi" made the top five on the New York Times Bestseller list.
There will also be "Star Wars" games, cardboard cutouts of "Star Wars" characters for photo opportunities and more.