The Kanawha County Public Library is celebrating all things "Star Wars" with its Jedi Jamboree, which concludes with a day of events at the main branch in downtown Charleston on Saturday.
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.__________CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While dark forces are gathering in the form of ghouls and zombies for much of the East End's HallowEast this weekend, Kanawha County's libraries are celebrating another kind of force -- The
Force -- with all things "Star Wars" this week.Now through Saturday afternoon, the Kanawha County Public Library and many of its branches are hosting a variety of "Star Wars"-related activities and events with their Jedi Jamboree.Mostly, it's for the Padawans (younger Jedi types), but Toni Blessing, Adult Services Manager, said, "We tried to make our event appeal to just about everybody who likes 'Star Wars.'"Blessing said the library has talked about doing some sort of "Star Wars"-themed event for quite a while. The sci-fi series has an enduring appeal.
"It's still so popular with so many people," she said. "Adults, teens and kids love the books and films. We think this will be a good family event."While events are scattered at different branches during the week, the Jedi Jamboree reaches its explosive conclusion Saturday with a full day of activities at the main library downtown."We have Jedi Knight training for little kids," she said. "They'll be making a lightsaber, making their way through a wormhole and doing other things to earn their Jedi Knight badge."Blessing also said a "Star Wars"-themed costume contest is planned with separate categories for children 12 and under, teens and adults. The library will host a book signing and talk by "Star Wars" author John Jackson Miller as well.
Miller has written a number of "Star Wars" comic books, short stories and several novels, including his latest, "Kenobi," which tells of Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi's life on the desert world of Tatooine during the time between "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" and "Episode IV: A New Hope." Released in August, "Kenobi" made the top five on the New York Times Bestseller list.
There will also be "Star Wars" games, cardboard cutouts of "Star Wars" characters for photo opportunities and more.Blessing said most of the Jedi Jamboree events Saturday take place on the third floor, with Jedi Training beginning at 10 a.m. She added that the Sissonville branch is also doing Jedi training Saturday from noon to 3 p.m."I guess you could say The Force is very strong with us," Blessing added.Reach Bill Lynch at email@example.com
Other KCPL Jedi Jamboree events this week: THURSDAY* St. Albans Public Library:
Make-and-take "Star Wars"-themed crafts, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; family night out featuring "Star Wars" crafts and games and a character costume contest, 6 to 7 p.m. Call 304-722-4244.* Dunbar Public Library:
Jedi training (defend yourself against the Dark Side, build your own lightsaber and smash the Death Star), 4 to 4:45 p.m. Call 304-766-7161.* Elk Valley Public Library:
"Star Wars" show-and-tell, 6 to 7 p.m. Show off your "Star Wars" collectibles and memorabilia. Call 304-965-3636.* Nitro Public Library:
Jedi Jamboree party for children (includes lightsaber craft), 6 p.m. Call 304-755-4432.* Riverside Public Library:
"Star Wars" Celebration with crafts, activities and games, 6 to 7 p.m. "Star Wars" costumes encouraged. Call 304-949-2400.FRIDAY* St. Albans Public Library:
Make-and-take "Star Wars"-themed crafts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 304-722-4244.SATURDAY* St. Albans Public Library:
Make-and-take "Star Wars"-themed crafts, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 304-722-4244. * Sissonville Public Library:
Jedi Knight training, noon to 3 p.m. Call 304-984-2244.