'Fourth' will be with Bristol library Friday

Published on Wednesday, 2 May 2018 21:36


BRISTOL - “May the ‘Fourth’ Be With You,” a “Star Wars”-themed day of family fun, is set for Friday at the Bristol Public Library.

Included will be a costume contest, science activities and “Jedi training.”

The event will be held at the library, 5 High St., from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters.

Children’s Librarian Christina Carpino, who says she is a “huge ‘Star Wars’ fan,” says she has expanded the library’s May 4 activities from past events.

“There will be events all day as well as crafts, a photo booth, a costume contest and a scavenger hunt,” said Carpino. “We will have a ton of ‘Star Wars’ characters hidden throughout the library for kids to track down. We also have a ton of ‘Star Wars’ books for people to check out, from beginning readers to graphic novels to full-length novels in the adults section.”

At 10 a.m. there will be a storytime and sing-along. Then, at 11:30 a.m., Carpino will lead children in “Jedi training,” which will include “Yoda yoga,” agility games and dueling with foam lightsabers.

Then, at 4 p.m., there will be a science activity involving freeing Han Solo from carbonite, using baking soda and vinegar to melt a block of ice.

Visitors will also be able to make ‘Star Wars’ snacks, from pretzel rod lightsabers to “Wookiee cookies.”

Carpino said the “Star Wars” franchise has become “more popular than ever” in recent years..

“Pretty much every day, I see a kid coming in with a ‘Star Wars’ shirt,” she said. “It has gotten much more popular with the younger generation and I think that those who grew up with it are also now having kids and grandkids, so it has really become something that the whole family can enjoy.”

When the day is over, the library will post photos of costumed children on its Facebook page. The child in the photo that receives the most “likes” between Friday evening and Monday evening will win a “Star Wars” prize bundle full of books and games.

The winner will be announced by the library on Tuesday.

For more information, call the library at 860-584-7787.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Bristol on Wednesday, 2 May 2018 21:36. Updated: Wednesday, 2 May 2018 21:39.