Youngsters celebrate Star Wars month at Groton Public Library

Max Donohue, right, 6, of Westerly, and his brother Benjamin, 3, move pieces during a Trivial Pursuit game at a Star Wars party at the Groton Public Library on May 4. Photo by Abigail Pheiffer/The Day
Max Donohue, right, 6, of Westerly, and his brother Benjamin, 3, move pieces during a Trivial Pursuit game at a Star Wars party at the Groton Public Library on May 4. Photo by Abigail Pheiffer/The Day

Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader stepped into the Groton Public Library last Wednesday.

Just beyond the bookshelves they fought each other with lightsabers. Star Wars music played in the background and Obi-Wan Kenobi was scared that Vader was going to come after him.

The library hosted a Star Wars costume party and trivia contest on the unofficial "May the fourth be with you" holiday, May 4, where Star Wars fans were encouraged to come.

Children walked into a room in the library in their costumes, many of them holding lightsabers to fight off their enemies. Darth Vader's, Luke Skywalker's, Han Solo's, Princess Leia's, Obi-Wan Kenobi's, Captain Rex's, Jedi's, and Droid's all showed up to the party.

Patrick Kinnare, 9, dressed up as Obi-Wan Kenobi. "I like Obi because he's really cool. I am kind of scared because there are a lot of Darth Vader's here," he said.

There were four display cases set up around the library full of Star Wars memorabilia that brought interest to the libraries month-long Star Wars celebration, said Barbara Candler, the host of the event. According to Candler, children have been running up to the cases in excitement. Also, a young man asked if he could purchase two of the Star Wars helmets that are on display.

“A lot of us have noticed that Star Wars has this intergenerational appeal. Little kids and adults enjoy it and we thought it would be fun," said Candler.

A trivia contest was a large part of the event. The attendees were put into four different teams: Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. Trivia categories included characters, weapons and vehicles, history, geography, droids creatures and aliens, and wild card. When asked who wanted to be team leader, all of the children raised their hands frantically. Team Princess Leia ended up winning the contest.

Party attendees also enjoyed a cake with Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker figurines on top - in just 10 minutes.

Kristin Lincoln and her son Kyle, 8, from Noank attended the event. Kyle dressed up as Captain Rex and was especially excited about the cake. He was playing with the Luke Skywalker figurine and figured out how to turn on its mini lightsaber.

"He was psyched. It's his first official Star Wars party so it's a big deal. Star Wars is like a whole culture," said Lincoln.

This past weekend, students from the Robert E. Fitch High School robotic's team hosted a robot demonstration. On Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. the 501st Connecticut Garrison will be in the library and all who show up can get their photo taken with a Stormtrooper.

For more information on Star Wars month at the Groton Public Library, visit www.town.groton.ct.us/library.

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