Last week, I ran into Target to grab presents for two birthday parties my kindergartener was going to and I came face to face with a life-size Chewbacca that actually greeted me with his signature growl-roar-purr. Since both parties were Star Wars-themed, I was on the hunt for Star Wars toys and it wasn’t hard to find them thanks to the upcoming release of The Force Awakens, the latest addition to the Star Wars saga. The movie comes out in December but celebrating Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday, October 10th, 2015 is a great way to get into the Star Wars spirit!
Launched in 2012, this is now the fourth year that Lucasfilm and its publishing partners Disney-Lucasfilm Press, Marvel, Abrams, Chronicle, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books, Scholastic, Workman, Egmont, Studio Fun, and Phoenix International Publishing are celebrating Star Wars and reading with this international event. You can find information and downloadable activities including Star Wars Activities and The Force Awakens Activities at starwars.com and the DK Star Wars Reads website. For more information you can join the Star Wars Reads Facebook Community and be sure to follow and tweet your Star Wars Reads Day fun with #starwarsreads on Twitter.
If you are on the lookout for great Star Wars books to read with your littlest ones, Chronicle Books recently released Star Wars® Epic Yarns, sweet board books for parents who want to introduce their pre-readers to their favorite movies. Each of the first three Star Wars movies – 12 words for 12 iconic scenes from each movie – are brought to life with amazingly detailed needle felt recreations.
Locally you can celebrate Stars Wars reads day at these events:
Grayslake Area Public Library District
100 Library Ln, Grayslake, IL (847) 223-5313 | Facebook
Star Wars Reads Day, Teen Programming, October, 10th, 2015, All Day
“‘Help me Teens of Grayslake. You’re my only hope!’ Celebrate the 4th Annual Star Wars Reads Day with Princess Leia. Swing by the Teen Space anytime for a few activities and perhaps take a selfie with a Stormtrooper! No registration required, so grab your sidekick and come on by! Cosplay is highly encouraged (so long as it’s appropriate).” There will also be crafts, games and other Galactic adventures await in Youth Services! Call 847-223-5313 x226 for more information.
If you’re up for a drive, you can stop in at the Mount Prospect Public Library for some Star Wars fun!
Mount Prospect Public Library
10 S. Emerson, Mount Prospect | (847) 253-5675 | Facebook
Star Wars Reads Day, Youth Program, October 10th, 2015, All Day
The Force is always with you when you read. Drop into the Library to celebrate with us! For all ages.
Star Wars Reads Day at Barnes and Noble:
Local Barnes and Noble Booksellers will have a storytime, trivia, and prizes to celebrate Star Wars Read Day. Check their event websites for more details!
720 Hawthorne Center | (847) 247-1157
Star Wars Reads Day – Saturday October 10, 2015 11:00 a.m.
Register for the Star Wars Reads Day LEGO Build at 2:00 p.m.
728 North Waukegan Road | (847) 914-9293
Star Wars Reads Day – Saturday October 10, 2015 2:00 PM
Deer Park Town Center
20600 North Rand Road | (847) 438-7444
Star Wars Reads Day – Saturday October 10, 2015 2:00 p.m.
920 N. Milwaukee Avenue | (847) 793-8740
Star Wars Reads Day – Sunday October 11, 2015 2:00 PM
*Note that the event at the Lincolnshire store is Sunday, October 11th.
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