‘Star Wars’ lights up party
By Janna Odenthal Post-Tribune correspondent July 17, 2012 2:18PM
Hayden Klimczyk, 7, (in white) checks out Joseph Ferrandino, 8, both of Valparaiso, in his Anakin costume during a "Star Wars" children's program at the Valparaiso Public Library Friday, June 29, 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Fall programming begins in August at the
Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public
Library, 103 Jefferson St. For details, see
www.pcpls.lib.in.us or call the youth services department, 462-0524, Ext. 4.
Updated: August 19, 2012 6:09AM
A new force of peace-keeping heroes trained to protect the citizens of Valparaiso recently. These guardians swore to defend, protect and serve others, using an invisible “force.”
The new officers are a team of kindergarten through fifth-grade “Jedis.” The “Star Wars” Party was part of the summer reading “Dream Big” theme at the Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library.
Youth services clerk Kellie Borth coordinated the program. She said she loved the “Star Wars” movies when she was a young girl and enjoyed seeing the original series when it came to the theater.
“We had so many kids want to come to this party; the turnout was amazing. It’s exciting to see them love it,” said Borth. “When you’re young, ‘Star Wars’ is dreaming big; it’s your imagination, your epic battles, your heroes. It’s an epic story of good versus evil.”
The room was adorned with large gold stars, spaceships and other “Star Wars” paraphernalia. This galactic atmosphere served as training grounds for the young “Jedi” to learn to use their new “powers” to uphold justice.
Strips of silver duct tape, pool noodles and colored stickers were placed on each table. Participants used the materials to create “light saber” weapons. They practiced various defensive maneuvers as “Star Wars” music played in the background.
Curtis Morgan, 8, of Chesterton, donned tan-colored clothing to portray Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Jedi knight in the movie series. He battled his enemy, Darth Vader, with the light saber he made that day.
“I had a lot of fun making my light saber,” Curtis said. “I hope Vader is worn out. I hit him in the head. I told him I hope he’s done being bad. I wanted to learn the Jedi way today. I learned to never use the force for bad, and never slice somebody. You have to use it to defend yourself.”
After the battles, the youth relaxed as Borth read “Stars Wars, The Clone Wars, Jedi in Training,” by Heather Scott. Later, she played a trivia game with the group. Each was sent home with a certificate of training completion, a “Star Wars”cup and other memorabilia of the day.
Lilly Unate, 7, of Valparaiso, attended the program with her sister, Hunter, 9.
“I came so I could do the training and check out some books,” Lilly said. “Ahsoka is my favorite character because she’s a girl Padawan. I’m a Padawan, too. She has a green light saber, and that’s my favorite color. I was her for Halloween one year. I feel like a Jedi, now, after this class.”