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Words + Wookiees: 'Star Wars' Reads Day

Billy Dee Williams — hello, Lando Calrissian — will stop by the Rancho Cucamonga celebration



    Words + Wookiees: 'Star Wars' Reads Day
    Star Wars Reads
    The two-day celebration will include costumes, stories, and galactic fun. Plus? Billy Dee Williams -- hello, Lando Calrissian -- will stop by the Rancho Cucamonga celebration.

    The question isn't whether you'll attempt all the various "Star Wars" voices when you read a "Star Wars" book to your child at bedtime.

    The question is whether your Yoda impression is superior to your breathy Darth Vader performance. And can you capture Han Solo's swagger in your tone and cadence? It ain't easy, kid, as Mr. Solo himself might say.

    There is no question, however, that the universe of "Star Wars" has leaped off the screen and extended, in a robust and real way, to our bookshelves. Comics and chapter books and picture books and novellas are full of the Force, and growing ever stronger.

    And that Force will be with Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 when the library celebrates "Star Wars" Reads Day.

    The annual day, which several libraries, bookstores, and community centers observe, is all about casting a light(saber) on the literary stories that swirl around the many moons, and moods, of the expansive, and ever-expanding, genre unto itself.

    Victorian Gardens and the Ontario CVB are partners in the event, which is billed as "...the largest Star Wars event held by any library," per Melina Ferraez, director of marketing for Victoria Gardens.

    How major will this be? Check it out: Billy Dee Williams, Mr. Lando Calrissian, will stop by on Sunday afternoon as the celebration's very special guest.

    That's a ticketed portion of the weekend-long party, but the rest of the activities, and story times, and galactic doings are free.

    Yes, Jedi Elvis will perform. For sure, there's a screening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Dueling lightsabers will do what they do best (duel). And everyone is encouraged to show up in their best Leia buns or Wookiee fur.

    So, what's better: Your Yoda reading voice or your Darth Vader reading voice? Since "Star Wars" is only ever on the up and up and up, as a cultural, obsessed-over touchstone, trust you'll have years to practice both. 

    This is also assuming your child won't ever outgrow loving the Force-filled phenom, but time and evidence has proven that outgrowing "Star Wars" isn't actually a thing in reality. Growing into it further, however, is real.

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