DeKalb library plans ‘Star Wars’-themed day

DeKALB – When it comes to sci-fi, fans of “Star Wars” are in a category by themselves.

The DeKalb Public Library is dedicating Saturday to those fans, with a “Star Wars” Extravaganza day so big it is being held in two locations.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., “Star Wars” fans of all ages are invited to visit the library at 309 Oak St. in DeKalb and the Egyptian Theatre at 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb for activities for all ages.

The day was inspired by a similar event held by the Joliet Public Library, public relations coordinator Edith Craig said.

“Our teen librarian, Steve Romans, and tween coordinator, Darcy Tatlock, went and had a blast, and they came back and said, ‘We should do this here, it will be great, we’ll have lots of fun,’” Craig said.

As staff began planning activities for the extravaganza, it quickly outgrew the library’s space.

“The Egyptian Theatre is always willing to help us out,” Craig said. “(Theatre director) Alex (Nerad) loved the idea.”

Fans should begin their journey at the library, Craig said, where they will find maps of the different stations and activities. Children can also pick up a passport at the welcome table; if they visit every activity, they can turn in the passport for an entry into a raffle. Adults can enter the raffle by donating canned food items. Raffle tickets can also be purchased for $1.

Money and food raised by the raffle will be donated to the local Society of St. Vincent DePaul food pantry.

Activities at the library include blaster practice and a photo booth where fans can have their picture taken against a “Star Wars” backdrop. The conference room will become a trash compactor, where fans can pick their way through garbage and try to avoid being squished, just like the heroes in the first film.

“I’m still curious to see how that one turns out,” Craig admitted.

There will also be crafts – Princess Leia buns, Yoda ears and wookie masks for younger children and light sabers for tweens and teens – at the library. Northern Illinois University STEM Outreach will give a dry ice demonstration to show how Han Solo might have been frozen in carbonite.

Star Worlds Arcade and New Game in Town are planning to have stations at the Egyptian, Craig said. There will also be a costume contest at the theater; fans are encouraged to attend in costume all day.

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