Feel the Force at the Roseville library

‘Star Wars’ festival set for Jan. 18

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 6, 2016

 Participants in the Roseville Public Library’s all-day “Star Wars” event Jan. 18 will have the opportunity to make Yoda ears. Frank Savel, 4, of Clawson, wears Yoda ears that he made Dec. 5 at the Blair Memorial Library in Clawson during a similar “Star Wars” event.

Participants in the Roseville Public Library’s all-day “Star Wars” event Jan. 18 will have the opportunity to make Yoda ears. Frank Savel, 4, of Clawson, wears Yoda ears that he made Dec. 5 at the Blair Memorial Library in Clawson during a similar “Star Wars” event.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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ROSEVILLE — Whether visitors are prospective Jedi, Sith, technology scavengers or interstellar smugglers, the Roseville Public Library wants to show them a fun and exciting time at a “Star Wars” daylong event Jan. 18.

Assistant Library Director Annamarie Lindstrom said this is the third such all-day event that the library has hosted over the past few years, following ones based on the Harry Potter book series, as well as the book — and movie — “Mary Poppins.”

“We’ve done anniversaries of books before, but when we were planning this event, there was a lot of buzz about the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ movie,” Lindstrom said. “We thought ‘Star Wars’ is always popular, and our collection of ‘Star Wars’ books are always well-circulated.”

“It’s been 30 years and they’ve withstood the test of time — there’s a constant demand,” she added. “We thought, ‘We’re excited about “Star Wars,” so other people must be excited about it too.’ We’re hoping that’s the case for Jan. 18.”

Since Roseville Community Schools will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lindstrom said the event will be going all day — from the library’s opening at 9 a.m. until its close at 8 p.m. — so that kids can come in during the day, as well as the evening. The library will be showing episodes of the “Star Wars: Clone Wars” TV series in the evening.

“Because those consist of 20-minute episodes, people can pop in, maybe stay for one and then we can have a break, or they can stay for as many as they want,” Lindstrom said. “I think that may work best for a family-friendly event, as sometimes the movies are pretty lengthy.”

She said library staff members have been putting together a schedule of events for visitors to take part in throughout the whole day. These include crafts — such as building one’s own lightsaber with a pool noodle, and making Yoda ears or Leia hair buns — a “padawan training” class for young children, and a “Jedi Academy” training class for older kids, teens and adults that involves the Ring of Steel stunt troupe out of the University of Michigan.

Astute Artistry is scheduled to have a program at the library that will involve a full-face makeup demonstration of one of the characters in the series, Lindstrom said.

The library is also advertising a scavenger hunt and adult coloring projects, as well as a cantina with snacks. Lindstrom said they are planning on having a Chewbacca standee for photos, and staff members in costume. The 501st Great Lakes Garrison — a group of “Star Wars” fans who dress in Imperial stormtrooper costumes — have been invited, though as of press time Lindstrom was not sure if any would be able to attend.

Library Director Jackie Harvey said that the event is bringing all sorts of unexpected people together to volunteer, from family members of employees to library board members to former employees. All want to help just because they love “Star Wars.”

“Parents (and grandparents) who stood in line to see the first movies decades ago will be able to share their love of all things ‘Star Wars’ with their children and grandchildren — a new generation of General Leias, Han Solos, Chewbaccas, stormtroopers and Luke Skywalkers,” Harvey wrote in an email.

Harvey said that the initial Harry Potter party was well-attended and received, but the “Mary Poppins” event, taking place just before the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, did not bring out as many people as they had hoped. Additionally, while “Mary Poppins” proved popular with children and adults, few teenagers turned out for the event, so Harvey said they decided to go with something more universally popular this time around.

“What’s not to love?” she wrote. “The theme has action and adventure, good vs. evil, technology, lovable androids, a mixture of new young characters and more mature characters returning from the past, blasters, lightsabers, heroes and heroines.”

No registration is needed for the event. Costumes are encouraged. The library is located at 29777 Gratiot Ave. For more information, call (586) 445-5407.

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