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Dugars kids pose with Darth Vader during the May the 4th be with you event at the William T. Cozby library celebrating National Star Wars day. Photo by Jena Seidemann.

By Jena Seidemann, BubbleLife Intern

“May the Fourth be with you,” echoed throughout the world on National Star Wars day, but on a local level, the William T. Cozby Library in Coppell hosted the movie-watching event you were looking for.

Parents and kids entered into a Star Wars-themed program room. Options of entertainment included themed Monopoly, two movies – The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi – coloring and snacks such as Yoda Soda, Obi-Pop Kornobi and pool noodle light saber dueling.

The library staff searched the Web for snack ideas and games. The creativity of the staff was on display with the simple and fun crafts along with the light sabers and snack names.

“It is a celebration of sci-fi and free comic book day,” Coppell Librarian Sarah Silverthorne said. “[This] ties in perfectly with COZBYCON.”

Silverthorne, like many, watched Star Wars as a kid. The movies became a monumental sci-fi breakthrough and success.

“Kids and adults love it,” Silverthorne said. “It is amazing to see the impact on the library.”

Star Wars-related books are frequently checked out and are one of the more popular genres of books in the library. Besides the fun movie-watching event, the series plays a large part in reading and learning.

“There is a lot of Star Wars literature in books, and it encourages reading and literacy,” Silverthorne said.

On top of reading, the series allows generations to bond and can be argued as a large part of childhood.

“[My kids] are huge Star Wars fans, and they have everything [Star Wars],” Coppell resident Kristina Dugar said.

At the event, both of Dugar’s children dressed as Star Wars characters. Her daughter was Princess Leia and her son was Luke.

The movie-watching event occurred in preparation for COZBYCON on May 11. It is part of the library’s events for the community.

“We are so lucky to have such a good community that has this,” Dugar said. “It is what keeps us here.”