Shelf Life: May the Fourth be with you this Friday

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Use the Force to take over Columbus Library and celebrate fandoms from all over the galaxy this Friday, May 4, also known as Star Wars Day.

There will be fun for all ages from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., including a Maze Runner obstacle course, destruction zone (disassemble and discover old electronics), Hunger Games scavenger hunt, cosplay costume contest, green screen photo booth, steampunk crafts, Makey-Makey Tetris, and cartooning with local artist Steve Barr.

You are also invited to participate in Yoda Yoga with instructor Lily Quinn at 5 p.m. Why not pick up a graphic novel or book from your favorite fandom while you’re at the library?

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Here are a few suggestions:


“Goodnight Darth Vader” by Jeffrey Brown

It’s bedtime in the Star Wars galaxy, and Darth Vader’s parenting skills are tested as he soothes his rambunctious twins, Luke and Leia, who are not ready to sleep and insist on a story.

“Unicorn of Many Hats” by Dana Simpson

In the most recent book in the “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” series, Phoebe and her exceptional hooved pal question the idea of “coolness” and gain a deeper appreciation for the power of friendship.

“The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary” by Pablo Hidalgo

This definitive guide to the 2017 film explores its characters, creatures, droids, locations and technology. Packed with over 100 images, it’s a must-read for all fans!


“William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back” by Ian Doescher

In this humorous reimagining of George Lucas’s enduring classic, “The Empire Strikes Back,” written in the style of William Shakespeare, young Luke Skywalker and his friends have taken refuge on the ice planet of Hoth, where Darth Vader has hatched a plan to capture them.

“Wonder Woman: Warbringer” by Leigh Bardugo

A new coming-of-age story about Diana, Princess of the Amazons. According to Kirkus Reviews, this book “will absolutely satisfy pre-existing fans of Wonder Woman, but it also readily stands alone for non-superhero fans.”

“Rebel Rising” by Beth Revis

Discover the early adventures and heartbreaks of Jyn Erso, the heroine of the smash hit movie  “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”


“Aftermath: Star Wars” by Chuck Wendig

Find out what happens after the events of 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.” Den of Geek says that with this 2015 book, “the Star Wars universe is fresh and new again, and just as rich and mysterious as it always was.”

“Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Check out all three volumes of this graphic novel as a new era begins for the Black Panther. A dramatic upheaval in Wakanda makes leading the African nation tougher than ever before, and T’Challa struggles to unite his citizens. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt!

“The Walking Dead” by Robert Kirkman

If you enjoy the AMC show, why not check out the comic book series? For those out of the loop, it follows Rick Grimes, a Kentucky deputy who awakens from a coma to find himself in a zombie apocalypse. After joining with other survivors, including his loved ones, he gradually takes on the role of leader of a community as it struggles to survive.

Jen Pace Dickenson is the Youth Services Librarian for Polk County Public Libraries. For information about the library’s resources, programs, and other services, visit or call 828-894-8721.