Written by The Westbury Times Staff Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:00
The Westbury Memorial Public Library hosted a Star Wars Day recently and dozens of local youngsters and their parents enjoyed guest appearances from Stormtroopers, a Tusken Raider and Darth Vader, as well as Star Wars-themed games, refreshments, crafts and of course, books.
During the hour-long program, children had the opportunity to take photos with the Star Wars characters, all members of the 501st Legion costuming organization. Since 1997, the Legion has functioned as a group, creating a true science-fiction/fantasy ambience with a wide range of professional-grade costumes and props. Members of the 501st, which is often called “Vader’s First,” also took time to make their way through the Adult Library, stopping to greet patrons.
A table displaying a large selection of Westbury’s available and age-appropriate Star Wars books was set up in the Library’s Meeting Room and children had the opportunity to select the ones they wished to borrow. Over at the craft table, youngsters in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade had the chance to make Yoda or their own Yoda ears and Princess Leia buns while others played Pin the Millennium Falcon on the Death Star for a chance to win a small prize.
The event even featured Star Wars themed snacks. Those who made their way over to ‘Mos Eisley Catina” enjoyed Rice Wookie Treats, edible Lightsabers (red, green and blue chocolate covered pretzels) and donut holes representing Death Star, Hoth and Tatooine.
“This is totally not what I expected,” said Westbury mom Corrine Cillo. “I expected a craft, some snacks and books. I never imagined it would be this great.” Cillo, whose four-year-old son Corven was among the first to arrive to the program and have his photo taken with his favorite Star Wars characters, added, “This totally made my son’s day. To see how well (the Star Wars characters) interacted with him and others was a big deal. This totally rocked.”
For more information on the 501st Legion, visit www.501st.com. For information about upcoming events and programs for children, teens and adults offered at the Westbury Library, visit www.WestburyLibrary.org or call 516-333-0176.