Get That Costume On and Celebrate the 1st Annual Star Wars Reads Day!

Star Wars Reads Day LogoThis is the 1st Annual Star Wars Reads Day … a celebration of the love of reading combined with all things Star Wars. There are many opportunities to participate in this unique event throughout the Tampa Bay area. So, bring your kids, your camera, and your sense of adventure … and “May the Force Be With You.”

NOTE: According to the official Star Wars Reads Day website, “All events will have giveaways and a raffle.”

Star Wars Reads Day in Palm Harbor
Time: 12-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Location: Palm Harbor Library (Children’s Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727)784-3332; Palm Harbor Library Website

What’s Doing?
Stop into the Children’s Room anytime between 12-4 p.m. for games, activities, prizes and lots of fun to celebrate the Star Wars series. Children are welcome to wear costumes. Plus, there will be some Star Wars characters (actually library staff in disguise!) to meet and greet.

Address:
Palm Harbor Library
2330 Nebraska Avenue
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

NOTE: Palm Harbor Library is also hosting a Star Wars Movie Marathon for kids age 11-18. Watch back-to-back episodes of The New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi in the Teen Room. Registration is required to participate!

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Star Wars Reads Day in Hyde Park Village
Time:
1-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Location: Learning Express Toys in Hyde Park Village
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 250-6200; Learning Express Toys Hyde Park Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Head to Hyde Park Village to celebrate the very first National Star Wars Reads Day at Learning Express Toys. This FREE event will include:
— Activity pages
— Trivia
Star Wars Wheel
— Giveaways
— Costume contest

Kids are welcome to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character and enter to win a grand prize.

Even Better! At 2p.m., there will also be a story time as part of National Read for the Record week.

Address:
Learning Express Toys
Hyde Park Village
800 South Village Circle
Tampa, Florida 33606

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Star Wars Read Day in Tarpon Springs
Time: 1:30 p.m. (Movie begins at 2 p.m.)
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Location: Tarpon Springs Library
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 943-4922; Tarpon Springs Library Website

What’s Doing?
Kids of all ages and their families are invited to Tarpon Springs Library for a Star Wars-themed craft, trivia contest and movie. Even Better! Costumes are encouraged!

Address:
Tarpon Springs Library
138 East Lemon Street
Tapron Springs, FL 34689

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Star Wars Reads Day in Holiday
Time:
1-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Location: South Holiday Branch Library (X-floor Area)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 834-3331; PCPL Website

What’s Doing?
Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day with Libraries across the country, participate in Star Wars-themed activities, take home some cool giveaways, and more! The Force is strong in this library.

Address:
South Holiday Branch Library
4649 Mile Stretch Drive
Holiday, FL 34690

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Star Wars Reads Day in Brandon
Time:
2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Location: Barnes & Noble-Brandon Square
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 661-9883; Barnes & Noble-Brandon Square Website

What’s Doing?
This event is for older children and young teens who love Star Wars and want to show what they know! Arrive in costume for trivia, games and prizes.

Address:
Barnes & Noble-Brandon Square
122 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511

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Star Wars Reads Day in Tampa
Time: 2 p.m.
Date: Saturday October 6, 2012
Location: Barnes & Noble-Dale Mabry
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 871-2228; Barnes & Noble-Dale Mabry Website

What’s Doing?
Teen are invited to participate in Star Wars-themed activities, including photo opportunities with Storm Troopers. Remember to bring your camera!

Address:
Barnes & Noble
213 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33609

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Star Wars Reads Day
Time:
2-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Location: Books-A-Million
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 571-2062; Westfield Brandon Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Is your child crazy about Star Wars? Join Books-A-Million for a special appearance of Star Wars characters. Plus, there will be games, crafts and stories. It will be an afternoon filled with Star Wars fun!

Address:
Books-A-Million
Westfield Brandon Mall
459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511

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Star Wars Reads Day in Hudson
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Location: Hudson Regional Library
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 861-3040; PCPL Website

What’s Doing?
Is your son or daughter a huge Star Wars fan? Bring them to the Library for special Star Wars-themed activities, games and treats. Even Better! Costumes are encouraged!

Address:
Hudson Regional Library
8012 Library Road
Hudson, FL 34667

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Star Wars Reads Day in Zephyrhills
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Location: New River Branch Library (X-Floor Area)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 788-6375; PCPL Website

What’s Doing?
Bring kids of all ages to celebrate Star Wars Reads Day. There will be Star Wars-themed activities, including a trivia contest, costume competition and craft.

Address:
New River Branch Library
34043 State Road 54
Zephyrhills, FL 33543

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Star Wars Reads Day in Plant City
Time:
3-4:45 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Location: Bruton Memorial Library (Meeting Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 757-9215; HCPLC Website

What’s Doing?
Join Library staff for a fun day in celebration of the Star Wars universe. There will be crafts and Star Wars-themed refreshments, like a cup of Yoda Soda.

Address:
Bruton Memorial Library
302 West McLendon Street
Plant City, FL 33563

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NOTE: We did not find any Star Wars Reads Day events at Clearwater or St. Petersburg Libraries.

Images: Lucasfilm Ltd. Learn more about Star Wars Reads Day.

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