Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Star Wars Reads Day III

Star Wars Reads Day III happened back in October but I am still going to go ahead and report on it because 1) it was a majorly cool event, 2) it will be a great lead-in for all the Star Wars stuff that will be going on in 2015, and 3) people love Star Wars!

 This was the second Star Wars Reads Day the Union West Library has hosted (the first being in 2013) and it was a mixed bag as the library and the publishers/promoters continue to refine the event. The 2013 event had me begging from publishers and publicists and getting some great swag to give away. This year, an order form went out over net and the moment I got it, I began to request freebies from it. Several items were already coming up as "Gone" or "Out" but I put my name in for just about everything I could. I was pleasantly surprised when some of the "Out" posters arrived anyway! A couple things came a day or two after the event; no worries- I have something to start with for next year, right? So maybe not as much stuff came this year and some of it didn't get here on time, but I did like the idea of placing orders for what you did or didn't want for your event.

The library was anticipating a crowd of about 300 people, because that is pretty much how many came the year before. To ensure that things kept moving and to prevent people from hogging certain events, we tried handing out Vader Bucks. Everyone that came in the door got a stack of Vader bucks and each station had a cost. There were enough Vader Bucks for a person to go to every station and revisit almost all of them a second time. The giveaways were also purchased with Vader Bucks, ensuring everyone had an opportunity to get something.

This year's stations were similar to last year's- book tables filled with Star Wars books and videos for Teens and adults, and a book table for kids. There was the Star Wars Shooting Gallery, the Lightsaber Duels, Jedi Crafting Area, and the Lego Shipyard, manned by the Lego Store's Mark Harmon, with a very impressive X-Wing model on display!

The highlight of the day was a visit from Darth Vader himself, who came to oversee our festivities on behalf of the Carolinas Garrison of the 501st Legion.

A young Luke Skywalker!

Princess Leia coloring pages were VERY popular!

Darth Maul, Jr!

Sometimes a t-shirt and lightsaber says it all...

Shooting range, speed round!

Careful...steady...like the hat... steady...

If you're in a duel and the other guy wears a cape- consider yourself outclassed!

Excellent blocking stance!

Anyone spot Han Solo yet? He's the one in carbonite on the back wall.

Darth Vader LOVES kids!!!

"We meet at last, Obi Young!"

"Seriously, where did you park the AT-AT?"

Legos! Legos! Legos! Legos! Legos!


See you next year!

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