BRISTOL - âMay the âFourthâ Be With You,â a âStar Warsâ-themed day of family fun, is set for Friday at the Bristol Public Library.
Included will be a costume contest, science activities and âJedi training.â
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.
Childrenâs Librarian Christina Carpino, who says she is a âhuge âStar Warsâ fan,â says she has expanded the libraryâs May 4 activities from past events.
âThere will be events all day as well as crafts, a photo booth, a costume contest and a scavenger hunt,â said Carpino. âWe will have a ton of âStar Warsâ characters hidden throughout the library for kids to track down. We also have a ton of âStar Warsâ books for people to check out, from beginning readers to graphic novels to full-length novels in the adults section.â
At 10 a.m. there will be a storytime and sing-along. Then, at 11:30 a.m., Carpino will lead children in âJedi training,â which will include âYoda yoga,â 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 âStar Warsâ snacks, from pretzel rod lightsabers to âWookiee cookies.â
Carpino said the âStar Warsâ franchise has become âmore popular than everâ in recent years..
âPretty much every day, I see a kid coming in with a âStar Warsâ shirt,â she said. âIt 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.â
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 âlikesâ between Friday evening and Monday evening will win a âStar Warsâ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.