May the 4th Be With You!

“May the 4th be with you.” What started as pun warmly shared by fans has become a full-fledged Star Wars holiday: Star Wars Day, a special once-a-year celebration of the galaxy far, far away.

One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm:

FRIDAY, MAY 4

“Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”

Once the Internet allowed Star Wars fans around the world to connect with one another, May the 4th soon became a grassroots tradition each year, with fans online and offline proclaiming it “Star Wars Day.”

Celebrate Star Wars day with a few reads from your local library! Continue reading “May the 4th Be With You!”

Star Wars Countdown Day Three: Afterwards

-posted by Jason Lee B. Don’t forget to read Star Wars Countdown Day One and Day Two!

Did the Force Awaken inside you? Did you see the new episode in the theater? Do you need more Star Wars? The Library has plenty of resources available to continue the adventure. From technical blueprints to cartoons and comics, there is something for all ages. Continue reading “Star Wars Countdown Day Three: Afterwards”

Star Wars Countdown Day Two: The Original Trilogy

-posted by Jason Lee B. Don’t forget to read Star Wars Countdown Day One, too!

Are you excited for Episode VII? My stomach is all aflutter. Maybe some blue milk will calm it down. Today let’s look at the different versions of the Original Trilogy. Of course the Library has a bit of a wait for the DVDs, but you can get in line now! Continue reading “Star Wars Countdown Day Two: The Original Trilogy”

Star Wars Countdown Day One: The Prequels

-posted by Jason Lee B.

In just a few more days, Star Wars Episode VII will be available to watch in theaters. I am watching the marathon of previous Star Wars movies down at the Cinerama in downtown Seattle, and I will probably watch Episode VII at the Pacific Science Center on the big IMAX screen. Maybe this will be your first Star Wars movie in the theater. Maybe you never watched the other movies. Maybe you are introducing Star Wars to your little ones. Luckily for us all, there are many different levels of material for all ages to explain and complement the movies. Continue reading “Star Wars Countdown Day One: The Prequels”