Topic: 2015 International Star Wars Reads Day at Tauranga City Library

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On Saturday October 10th, 2015, the Tauranga library celebrated International Star Wars Reads Day by throwing a Star Wars themed “Jedi Academy” party for families to attend. Story by Lauren Jones. Photos by Cynthia Qiu.

The night was a resounding success, attracting 85 young Jedis-in-training (and their parents, in many cases just as excited as the children!).

2015 International Star Wars Reads Day at Tauranga City Library

Held in the evening, the enthusiastic partygoers could make the most of having the library to themselves. Skateboard pod-racers zoomed through a course in the children’s area, shouts of ‘Bingo!’ rang through the fiction area, costumed kids stormed through the non-fiction room on a scavenger hunt, and upstairs in the staff café, lightsabres slashed as lessons were had in fighting technique.

2015 International Star Wars Reads Day at Tauranga City Library

The night was rounded off by a lucky draw where 10 children won lightsabres, and all guests enjoyed a well-earned bag of snacks, drink, and a certificate announcing their status as a trained Jedi!

2015 International Star Wars Reads Day at Tauranga City Library

One of the highlights of the night was the presence of a troop of “professional” Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion. So real they were almost freaky, the children loved posing for pictures with the team. “We were very lucky to have the support of a multitude of volunteers,” says organiser Lauren Jones.

2015 International Star Wars Reads Day at Tauranga City Library

“The troop from the 501st, photography student Cynthia Qiu who took some amazing pictures throughout the night, Anthony Mair from En Garde Fencing Club who led our lightsabre training session, and of course the staff who exchanged a relaxing Saturday evening for Star Wars madness.” 

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2015 International Star Wars Reads Day at Tauranga City Library


Year:2015