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Hampton Park Library holding Star Wars event Sunday

NORTH FORSYTH — “Star Wars: Episode VII. The Force Awakens” is coming to movie theaters Dec. 18. But this weekend, a local library branch is hoping to awaken something else in fans — a love of reading.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, the Hampton Park Library will celebrate the fourth annual Star Wars Reads Day. There’s no cost to attend, registration isn’t required and costumes are encouraged.

According to Laura Bradley, program manager for Forsyth County Public Library System, Star Wars Reads Day is a global event.

“Libraries, book stores, comic book stores and even national retailers participate in [it] and work to celebrate the Star Wars legacy and to promote reading,” she said in a statement.

The event will feature activities catering to those with both Jedi and Sith sensibilities, including crafts, games and trivia contests.

Also attending for meet-and-greet and photo portion will be the Georgia Garrison of the 501st Legion, a worldwide group of Star Wars fans in authentic-looking, homemade costumes.

Though Star Wars Reads Day has been popular for years, Bradley said the new movie has generated additional excitement.

“There’s so much buzz in the media right now … so we’re expecting that many fans of the series will want to come out and show off their new costumes and props,” she said. “Star Wars Reads Day offers a chance for fans of the story to get together and have a great time at the library.”

Hampton Park Library is at 5345 Settingdown Road in north Forsyth. More information can be found at