The best day of the year – Star Wars Reads Day!
Well, at least for me, I get to be a Star Wars fangirl for the first few hours of my morning and just geek out while I let the Empire take over the library. I’ve been doing this since I started full time and I look forward to it every year.
This year, the Old Line Garrison really came through with 15 troopers! And then we had a few Mandalorians in the mix. It was great. They are so good at engaging with the kids and families.
We also used this as a chance to show off our new green screen and wind tunnel, both of which were huge hits (though I just realized I forgot to upload my green screen photos before I left work, guess I will save those for Monday). The kids were supposed to design their own “starfighter” and test it in the wind tunnel – in other words, fold some paper airplanes and see what happens! As you can see from the third picture in this set, many tests were done.
I brought some of my Star Wars collection with me to show off. The kids were fascinated with the Micro-Machines and I had to sit and open all of the playsets to show them what was inside. One kid was trying to finagle my toys away, kept asking if I wanted to get rid of any of them and which one I liked the least LOL.
I’ve done this so many years now, I have a great back catalog of craft ideas, so the set-up isn’t as intensive as other programs that I have to plan from scratch. Still, it makes for a very full, all-hands-on-deck 4 hours on a Saturday. But it is hard to not have fun with these guys wandering the library. The staff was fantastic, especially those trying to help people who came in, not expecting to see scifi characters in their library. Everyone worked together to make sure all the families had fun.
See more pictures from the day’s event here
We had a “Science of Harry Potter” program this afternoon. I wasn’t in charge of it, my co-worker (who is far more hardcore into HP) was the planner. My involvement was today during the set-up and actual event.
The program was 2 hours long, though most people were there right at the start. We’re guessing we had over 150 people attend, maybe even 200. It was mass chaos when we opened the doors to the meeting room at 2pm because EVERYONE came right at 2pm and flooded the meeting room.
I ended up at the “sorting hat” table, which had a very short questionnaire for the kids to fill out and then I tallied the answers and told them what house they were sorted in to. This was so simple, something I know we have all done online many times, but OMG THEY LOVED IT! I guess because they are too young to hang out online and take these quizzes? I sorted entire families – kids dragged their parents over because they wanted to know which house they would be in. It was adorable.
We even had a few kids in Slytherin, which was hilarious. Usually it was little kids because, as we know, toddlers are evil.
Other tables included:
- Herbology lessons — make a anti-nightmare sleep aid from a collection of herbs
- Astronomy — make a star wheel
- Enchanting — levitating tinsel on a balloon (which didn’t work well because the room was too humid and we couldn’t build up enough static)
- Potions — invisible ink with lemon juice
- Divination — tea leaves, palm reading, and tarot cards
- Fantastic beasts — Owl origami
- Hogwarts Library — scavenger hunt starting point, quizzes, and BOOKS!
HUGE HUGE hit, as anything with Harry Potter’s name attached to it usually is.
(I will poke my friend and see if she can post a proper blog about the program since it was her brainchild)
These kinds of family programs with brand names are always insane but so worth it.
Oh, and bonus, I posted the above photo on my tumblr and Library Journal reblogged it! ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!
And now I’m going to pass out because what a day!!!!
Photo credit: @aacpl
Three of my favorite things came together in one post — getting paid to blog, Star Wars, and reading!
This is the third Star Wars Reads Day event we have hosted and I am so looking forward to it! It’s always a huge family event.
Please check out my blog post at my library’s website! 🙂