Fifth annual Star Wars Reads Day at Lewiston Public Library

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LEWISTON — The Lewiston Public Library is once again participating in nationwide Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The fifth annual event will be held on the third floor of the library in Callahan Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages are welcome, and admission is free.

Star Wars Reads Day is a global celebration of books set within or about the science fiction franchise. Thousands of libraries and bookstores participate each year, and Lewiston Public Library has welcomed hundreds of children, teens and adults in the first four years of the event. Interest is expected to be especially high this year, with the upcoming December release of new film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

According to Carol Roeder, director of publishing at Lucasfilm, “Reading and ‘Star Wars’ have gone hand-in-hand since 1976, when the novelization of the original ‘Star Wars’ movie was released. Over the years, many fans have discovered the joy in reading through ‘Star Wars’ books, and we hope to continue encouraging more people to read.”

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At the event, guests will be able to browse the library’s hundreds of ‘Star Wars’-related books, ranging from picture books for children to adult paperback bestsellers, graphic novels, eBooks, and audio books. Guests will also be encouraged to assist the Rebel Alliance in taking down the Death Star, in piñata form, as well as take photos at the library’s “Star Wars” photo booth and with the Mandalorian Mercs and explore their crafty side with assorted “Star Wars”-themed crafts.

Guests of all ages are encouraged to arrive in costume. All attendees will be entered in a raffle to win “Star Wars” books and other prizes. Assorted Star Wars Reads Day giveaways will be available, including posters, bookmarks and other items.

Star Wars Reads Day is a free all-ages public program.

FMI: Adult and Teen Services Desk, LPLReference@lewistonmaine.gov, 207-513-3135.

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