Park City Library heads to a ‘galaxy far, far away’
Katrina Kmak will tell children of all ages "May the Fourth be with you" when the Park City Library presents "Star Wars" Day next Wednesday.
The youth and Spanish services librarian has a freighter full of family-friendly activities planned from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Those activities include showings of Lego "Star Wars" cartoons and some arts and crafts, Kmak told The Park Record.
"One of the crafts we’ll do I had actually seen at a birthday party a couple of years ago," she said. "We are going to make lightsabers out of swimming noodles. and that way the kids can use them without getting hurt."
Kmak will cut a bunch of the soft tubes in half and will help the kids make the Jedi weapons.
"We’ll put some black tape and some silver tape on the bottom of them and, bam, you have a lightsaber," she said. "We’ll also have some great ‘Star Wars’ origami books, so we’ll pull those out and have some of our older friends do some origami if they are into that and we may even make some ‘Star Wars’ puppets as well."
A couple of things inspired Kmak to organize "Star Wars" Day.
"Lots of our Easy Reader ‘Star Wars’ books are very popular amongst our young readers," she said. "We also have ‘Star Wars’ books for everyone from elementary school to adults, and those are also very popular. So, with the new movie that came out earlier this year, I felt it would be appropriate to get our own ‘Star Wars’ on a little bit."
In addition to the crafts, the event will feature a costume contest.
"Everyone who comes is encouraged to dress up in their best ‘Star Wars’ attire," Kmak said. "We’ll hand out some prizes for those who are best dressed."
One of the prizes will be the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary" by LucasFilm insider Pablo Hidalgo, Kmak said.
The "Star Wars" Day activities will be held in the library’s Story Time room, but if an abundance of people shows up, the group will move.
"I’m hoping we have such a large crowd that we’ll be able to move to the Community Room upstairs," Kmak said. "We have it reserved as a back up."
Kmak bravely confessed she didn’t appreciate "Star Wars" until she started working with children.
"Sure, we watched the movies at home when I was a kid, but they weren’t on my radar at the time," she said. "I was more about ‘Amelia Bedelia’ books.
"When I saw how much the kids were going crazy over ‘Star Wars,’ I figured that I should know what is going on," she said. "Since they are clearly into this, I thought we had better do a program."
Kmak said "Star Wars" is one of those stories that transcends generations.
"It’s a legendary tale and the kids who are into it these days were introduced to it by their parents who passed on their love to them," she said. "I mean, we have 4-year-olds talking about Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jar Jar Binks."
Kmak, who is an actress and appears in the Park City Follies, said she wants to attend "Star Wars" Day in costume.
"I am debating to dress up as Chewbacca or Princess Leia. Maybe I’ll do a mashup and do Princess Chewbacca," she said. "Regardless, I’m looking forward to May the Fourth Be With You."
The Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave., will present "Star Wars" Day on Wednesday, May 4, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a Lego marathon, "Star Wars" arts and craftxsand more. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. For more information, visit http://www.parkcitylibrary.org.
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