“May the 4th Be With You”


May 4 has become an annual celebration around the world of everything Star Wars. “May the 4th be with you” day plays on a famous line from the epic movie series: “May the force be with you.”

This year, I landed my X-wing starfighter in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, where I encountered other Jedi wannabes. Costumed Star Wars fans were gathered at the Bloomsburg Public Library, enjoying Yoda Soda, Wookie Cookies, and pool noodle lightsaber duels.

When asked why the library was hosting the event, Director Lydia Kegler said, “Star Wars Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate imagination, play, and creativity.”



Adults, as well as children, dressed up as their favorite Star Wars characters. Alyssa Benn, 7, looked dazzling as a pint-sized Princess Leia, while John McLucas appeared fierce as a TIE fighter pilot.

McLucas is a member of the 501st Legion, a professional Star Wars costuming group. The 501st brings attention to charitable causes, McLucas said, “through our use of accurate Star Wars costumes.”

Library assistant M.J. Mahon summed up the day's festivities. “What’s not to like,” Mahon said. “We have games, books, and literacy.”

Photo by Eva Rinaldi