May the Fourth Be With You/Revenge of the Fifth

As one of the most iconic days on the Star Wars calendar, May the Fourth has come to be celebrated the world over as the day when Jedi, Sith, and even Greys can come together in their love of one of the greatest film franchises of all time.

According to scholars, the reference was first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Thatcher’s political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in The London Evening News that stated “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

Since then, fans of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, and even Jar Jar have come to call the day their own, and join in the celebration of their geekdom in many ways.
To learn more about the saga and how it impacts our daily lives, we reached out to our favorite library employee, Adam Davis, the director of system services for the Palm Beach County Library System, who replied at light speed with  selections that even Jabba the Hut would love!

Burton, Bonnie. “The Star Wars craft book“.

star-wars-craft-book-20110307-103913“GIVE IN TO THE POWER OF THE CRAFTY SIDE: Chewbacca Sock Puppets. Ewok Flower Vases. AT-AT Herb Gardens. With “The Star Wars Craft Book,” fans of all ages and skill levels can bring the best of the galaxy far, far away right into their own homes. Fully illustrated, this guide features a variety of fun and original projects.
* Playtime: Make and play with finger puppets of your favorite cantina characters, Cuddly Banthas, and Rotta the Huttlet Squeaky Toys for your pets *Home Decor: Spruce up your space with Chewbacca Tissue Box Covers, a Mounted Acklay Head, and a Jabba the Hutt Body Pillow

*Holiday Crafts: Celebrate festive occasions with Wookiee Pumpkins, Hanukkah Droidels, and a Star Wars Action Figure Wreath *Nature and Science Crafts: Get down to earth with Emperor Appletine Dolls and a Wookiee Bird House *Star Wars Style: Give your wardrobe a dose of intergalactic chic with Ewok Fleece Hats and an R2-D2 Crocheted Beanie

With easy step-by-step instructions, The Star Wars Craft Book is a joyful and entertaining way for you and your friends to bring many beloved elements of Star Wars to life! (No midi-chlorians required!)

 

Gillen, Kieron. “Star Wars Darth Vader”. Graphic novel volumes 1 4.

aug160997Ever since Darth Vader’s first on-screen appearance, he has become one of pop-culture’s most popular villains. Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new Star Wars comic book) into his own solo adventures – showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! But when a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? As Vader pursues a very personal vengeance against the Rebels and investigates the Emperor’s secret machinations, he clashes with weapons scavenger Aphra and deadly Battle Droids, and returns to Geonosis to build an army. But some very powerful people don’t want him to learn the truths he seeks! Guest-starring Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett and more!” ®Bowker

 

“Rogue One”. Available on DVD and Blu-ray

Star-Wars-Rogue-One-Official-Blu-ray-DetailsIn a period of great conflict, a group of unlikely heroes, led by daring fugitive Jyn Erso and rebel spy Cassian Andor, band together for a desperate mission to steal the plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction, the Death Star.” ®Bowker Blu-ray bonus features: The stories: A rogue idea — Jyn: the rebel — Cassian: the spy — K-2SO: the droid — Baze & Chirrut: guardians of the Whills — Bodhi & Saw, the pilot & the revolutionary — The Empire — Visions of hope: the look of Rogue One — The princess & the governor — Epilogue: the story continues; Rogue connections.

 

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Williams, John. “Star Wars, Episode I, The Phantom Menace : original motion picture soundtrack”.

Williams, John. “Star Wars: A New Hope : the original motion picture soundtrack”.

Get in the mood for May 4th and beyond with these beautifully crafted orchestral performances by visiting www.pbclibrary.org to download both albums (and more!) for free from Hoopla!

 

Zahn, Timothy. “Star Wars, Thran” ** Just released! **

51W+v0wKcHL__SY346_“Rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, Thrawn proved to be indispensable to Emperor Palpatine and the Empire. Ambitious and a warrior never to be underestimated, one promotion followed another. Follow the events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power and infamy as Thrawn rises to Admiral.” ®Bowker

 

Although no one can quite grasp the true power of the Force, the Palm Beach County Library System has dozens of electronic books, printed books both novels & non-fiction, audiobooks, and DVDs or Blu-ray discs to help you understand how powerful it can be! Travel to your closest branch or find them on the web! As always, we’d like to thank Adam Davis, director of system services for the Palm Beach County Library System, for all his help in putting together this list.

 

It has often been said that the theatre of the mind is the most entertaining, as through reading we are transformed to worlds even more amazing than those shown on even the largest screen in the Star Wars Universe. However, if seeing the movies on the small screen interests you, you’re in luck.

On Thursday, May the Fourth, TBS will be presenting all six of the original Star Wars films on their network, starting with The Phantom Menace at 6:40am ET/PT and running all the way through to Return Of The Jedi, which begins at 8:15pm ET/PT. Those wanting to include The Force Awakens and Rogue One in their marathons will have to break out their Blu-rays. TBS also confirms that this Star Wars Day marathon will be an annual tradition from now on. You can check out the full schedule, along with a promo for the marathon, below:

TBS Celebrates Star Wars Day – Thursday, May 4

  • 6:40 a.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  • 9:25 a.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  • 12:20 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • 3:10 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: A New Hope
  • 5:40 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • 8:15 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

 

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If seeing the props from the movies is more your thing, the Palm Beaches is only a couple hours away from where many of them now call home. Inside the Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can not only get up close and personal with some of the memorabilia from the films, but you can also interact with Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, BB-8, and more!

 

 

Of course, Walt Disney World isn’t the only place in the Orlando area where you can get your fill of Star Wars. Recently,  LEGOLAND®Florida Resort, already known for their large LEGO®  Star Wars™ MINILAND area,  announced an exciting new addition coming in 2018 – an all-new LEGO display inspired by the worldwide blockbuster “Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens.”WINTER HAVEN, FL -- LEGOLAND Florida Resort is hosting LEGO® Club Weekend Featuring LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display on February 21&22. (Photo/Chip Litherland for Merlin Entertainments Group/LEGOLAND Florida Resort)

LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens MINILAND Model Display will feature several scenes re-created with thousands of LEGO bricks, including memorable movie moments with Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren and BB-8, enhanced with lights, sound effects and animation. More details about this 2018 expansion project will be shared in the coming months.

Meanwhile, LEGO® Star Wars™ Days returns for four days of fun at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort starting this weekend! Authorized by Lucasfilm, the 2017 event doubles the fun on two weekends this year:

Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

It’s the only LEGO® Star Wars™ theme park event in Central Florida!

LEGOSTARWARSMODELS_003In MINILAND USA, kids can explore some of the most famous scenes from the Star Wars™ saga made out of 1.5 million LEGO bricks, including detailed displays inspired by the first six blockbuster films, plus life-size LEGO models of Darth Vader, Darth Maul and R2-D2.

Kids also can:

Create a giant LEGO® Star Wars™ mural, brick by brick

Build their own LEGO® Star Wars™ model

Search for LEGO droids throughout MINILAND USA

Learn tips and tricks from our LEGO Master Model Builders

Build the world’s largest LEGO Yoda model

Meet LEGO Darth Vader

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2015) -- The Force grew stronger at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort on the first day of the new LEGO® Club Weekend featuring LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display. The event, which continues tomorrow, attracted fans of all ages dressed as their favorite LEGO® Star Wars™ characters, and the best of the bunch were awarded LEGO® Star Wars™ prizes. (Photo by Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort/Merlin Entertainments Group)

Dress up as their favorite LEGO® Star Wars™ character and participate in our intergalactic costume parade (ages 12 and under)

…and much, much more, including giveaways, fun photo ops, opportunities to win LEGO® Star Wars™ prizes and exclusive retail offers.

New this year: Are you more rookie or Wookiee? Test your family’s Star Wars™ knowledge and LEGO building skills against other families during a just-for-fun competition!

All activities will take place both weekends and are included with all forms of park admission. No extra ticket or Jedi mind tricks required!

 

No matter how you spend your Star Wars Day, remember, the force will be with you, always!