In October, the greatest reward in the galaxy will be the books where we enjoy reading Star Wars, a month-long celebration of all the Star Wars literature. With themed story telling, crafts and more, there are programs, activities and books for everyone from the youngest Padawan to the wisest Jedi.
This year, our stellar event will take you out of this world: The Droid Builders’ Maker Open House! Join us at the 95th Street Library on October 1 as Astromech Building Club members preview their robots in person! Meet Star Wars fans who have spent time recreating some of the most iconic characters from the Star Wars universe. Thanks to the 501st Rebel Legion and Mandalorian Merc, there will also be opportunities to see some of your favorite characters, including Stormtroopers, Rebel pilots, R2-D2 and BB-8!
Join us for more galaxy fun all month long:
Star Wars bean bags with embroidery machine (1 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 95th Street Library)
Find out how to make bean bags with a demo of the library’s embroidery machine. Learn how to embroider a rebel or empire badge, then sew and stuff bean bags.
galaxy crafts (1-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 and 8, 95th Street Library)
Craftsmen can create a Star Wars Chewbacca Pencil Holder and Zip Clip. The crafts are for ages 11 and up and are available while supplies last.
What can I see in the sky from my own backyard? (7 p.m. Monday, October 3, 95th Street Library)
Learn about the stars and constellations you can see from your own backyard with Rick Gering of the Naperville Astronomical Society. Find out about suburban stargazing tips and exciting upcoming sky events. After the show, we’ll move outside for telescope time, weather permitting!
hidden star wars (7 p.m. Thursday October 6 online)
Experience Star Wars like never before with an exciting inside peek into one of the most valuable movie franchises in the galaxy! Hear the jokes, secret references and dozens of exciting moments that the director has included for die-hard Star Wars fans in this amazing collection of movie clips.
Looks like Darth Vader (noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 8, 95th Street Library)
Visit the library’s audio recording studio to learn how to record and edit your voice to sound like Imperial Commander Darth Vader!
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garbage compactor escape room (noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 8, 95th Street Library)
While on the Death Star, you fell into one of the garbage compressors! You and your team must work together to solve the escape clues before time runs out. This escape room is for ages 10 and up.
Star Wars Reading Craft Kits (all month, all locations)
Stop by the library for a Star Wars Reads Craft Kit for kids, teens, or adults. Craft kits will include coffee sleeves, Ewoks, Death Star keychain, Baby Yoda ornament and more. Groups are available on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last.
Readers’ resistance (all month, all locations)
Help us identify the most powerful Star Wars book in the galaxy by voting for your favorite book in our book collection. Star Wars titles will compete head-to-head, with winners moving in each week in the tournament. Which book will emerge victorious? The following titles will take off from the book’s arc:
- “Star Wars: Darth Vader,” Vol. 1, Vader by Kieron Gillin
- “Star Wars Aftermath,” directed by Chuck Windig
- “Star Wars, Thrawn” by Timothy Zahn
- “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” by Matthew Stover
- “Star Wars. Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin” by Tim Seidel
- “Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 4, Endgames” by Kieron Gillen
- “Star Wars. Lost Stars” by Claudia Gray
- “Star Wars. Episode IV, A New Hope” by Roy Thomas
Ashley Connor is the Marketing Specialist at Naperville Public Library.