SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Public Library will transport visitors to a galaxy far, far away Dec. 16 with a day full of Star Wars games, lightsaber battle demonstrations and costumed characters for children to meet.
The event, which will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the library at 255 Main St., is being organized by children’s librarian Molly Virello, who has timed it to be the day after the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
Granite State Saber Academy will kick off the event with a choreographed lightsaber show. “My friend JD runs the academy,” said Virello. “He also does choreographed fight scenes for stage shows. I met him at Comic-Con and we’ve taken a lot of pictures in costume together. Their group has a Facebook page where you can go to watch videos of them in action.”
After the show, the Academy will then teach children ages 4 and up how to perform some of the moves.
“We’ll have workshops for little Jedi … and Sith too, we don’t judge,” said Virello.
The event will also include games with bowling pins and scavenger hunts, crafts such as making edible TIE fighters out of Graham crackers and marshmallows and story times with Star Wars books. Virello created a hand-made BB-8 puppet to entertain during the event. Costumes are welcome and children may also get a visit from Darth Vader.
Virello said she has seen Star Wars explode in popularity over recent years and that, as a fan herself, she is glad to see more people getting interested in it.
“When I was growing up, my Dad took me out of school to see the special edition versions of the original trilogy in theaters - it was like a daddy/daughter date,” she said. “It’s always fun for me to see children getting excited about something that I grew up with and then being able to share that excitement with them.”
For more information or questions, call the Southington Public Library at 860-628-0947 or visit southingtonlibrary.org.
For more information on Granite State Saber Academy, visit Facebook.com/GraniteStateSaberAcademy.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.