Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2005-07-02

There's A Jedi In The Library

The extremely cool children's librarian at my library has a book discussion group for kids ages 8 to 12. It's cool because the kids are an equal mix of boys and girls; and Miss P is cool because the kids decide what book to read next. So a few months ago when the kids agreed they wanted to do Star Wars, Miss P said OK, despite having never watched any of the movies or read any of the tie-ins.

Instead of worrying about "what one Star Wars book will everyone read" or "which Star Wars movie does everyone need to watch", Miss P realized that Star Wars is one story told through various media: books, graphic novels, games, and oh yeah -- a movie or two or six. She told them to come to the book discussion ready to discuss the story of Star Wars; and if you have things about the story you want to bring, bring them.

The local paper had just run an article on adult fans of the movie series (the link is no longer public but is pay-for-the article), and Miss P reached out to one of the fans mentioned. RJ Armbruster, from The New Jersey Order (a Star Wars fan organization) agreed to come to the program.

The program was wonderful. Over twenty kids (boys and girls) attended, bringing everything from lego models to lightsabers; some came in costume. The themes of the movie were debated, there was trivia, games, and a Darth Vader cake. And the Jedi in the library? That was RJ, who came in costume, spoke about the movies, books and games, fandom, and everything Star Wars related. A highlight of the evening was R2D2, a voice activated robot.

If you're interested in doing something similar, including have a fan guest speaker, The Force is a Star Wars fansite that includes links to local fan organizations.

For days after the program, we had customers saying, "I think I saw a Jedi in the library."

3 Comments:

  • At 8:10 AM, Anonymous RJ said…

    What a great time this was the kids seemed to really enjoy it. I hope we can do it again.


    RJ

     
  • At 4:24 PM, Blogger melissa said…

    Oh my gosh. This program sounds so friggin' cool!!! Props to y'all, Liz.

     
  • At 7:27 AM, Blogger Michelle Peterson said…

    A program on star war sounds interesting,the program went on in a realistic manner, and some kids dressed in star war Costume
    is appreacible and shows their dedication towards the play.

     

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