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'Star Wars Reads' Event Comes to Royal Oak Public Library

Star Wars Reads Day is an initiative of Lucasfilm and its publishing partners to celebrate reading and Star Wars on Oct. 6.

The following information was submitted by the 501st Legion.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, more than 1200 bookstores and libraries across the United States – including the Royal Oak Public Library – will host events in celebration of a national Star Wars Reads Day. 

Star Wars Reads Day is an initiative of Lucasfilm and its publishing partners to celebrate reading and Star Wars.  Participating publishers include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey, DK, Klutz, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.

At Star Wars Reads Day events, officially participating bookstores and libraries will offer a range of activities such as raffle prizes; promotional giveaways; trivia; and more.  Sponsors for various raffle prizes include Thermos, Kotobukiya, Uncle Milton, Mimoco, and Comic Images. 

Select events will feature appearances by the more than 30 Star Wars authors and artists located throughout the United States.  Participating authors include Chris Alexander, Aaron Allston, Tom Angleberger, Jeremy Barlow, Haden Blackman, Charles Boyd, Jeffrey Brown, Troy Denning, Dave Dorman, Ashley Eckstein, Alexander Freed, Jason Fry, Henry Gilroy, Christie Golden, Jeff Grubb, Paul Gulacy, Pablo Hidalgo, Hall Hood, Drew Karpyshyn, Rick Leonardi, Steven Melching, John Jackson Miller, John Ostrander, Chris Reiff, Matthew Reinhart, Mike Richardson, Ian Ryan, Chris Scalf, Lara Starr, Randy Stradley, Marc Thompson, Chris Trevas, Daniel Wallace, and Ryder Windham.

Nearly 1,000 volunteers from the international fan-based costuming organizations, the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, the Mandalorian Mercs, and the R2 Builders Club will also participate at select Star Wars Reads events around the country. 

To help extend the celebration to readers everywhere, NBC’s The Today Show Charitable Foundation has signed on as the official charitable partner for Star Wars Reads Day. Each participating publisher will donate Star Wars books from their respective libraries, and The Today Show Charitable Foundation will distribute the books to their affiliate organizations nationwide.

“Star Wars Reads Day is the perfect way to celebrate with our Star Wars fans” said Carol Roeder, Director of Publishing at Lucasfilm. “Our publishing program has always been an essential component of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, as there are so many more stories to tell than what we experience in the films, TV series, and games.  We at Lucasfilm are proud to be a part of initiatives like Star Wars Reads Day and hope that it will encourage more young people to read.”

There are currently over 120 million Star Wars books in print and more than 110 Star Wars titles have been New York Times bestsellers. For a list of Star Wars Reads Day events visit the following link: www.starwars.com/reads.

Locally, events will be held on Oct. 6 at the following locations (times and number of characters is subject to change):

Royal Oak Public Library
222 E. Eleven Mile Road
Royal Oak MI 48073
10am - 12pm
3 Star Wars characters attending

Barnes and Noble
396 John R. Road
Troy MI 48083
3-5 pm
4 Star Wars characters attending

Books a Million (BAM!)
2121 North Monroe Street Unit 550
Monroe, MI 48162
2-4 pm
3 Star Wars characters attending.

Books a Million (BAM!)
2612 Crossings Circle
Traverse City, MI 49684
2-4 pm
2 Star Wars characters attending.

Barnes and Noble
3235 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor MI 48104
6 Star Wars characters attending
Author Signing from 2-4: John Ostrander & Chris Scalf; Chris Trevas

Barnes and Noble
5701 Beckley Rd.
Battle Creek, MI 49015
11-12:30 pm
1 Star Wars character attending

Barnes and Noble
4370 Miller Road Unit E-10
Flint MI 48507
2-4 pm
4 Star Wars characters attending.

Barnes and Noble
3195 28th Street SE Space B116
Grand Rapids MI 49512
2-4 pm
4 Star Wars characters attending.

Barnes and Noble
3700 Rivertown Parkway Ste. 2058
Grandville MI 49418
12-1:30 pm
6 Star Wars Characters attending.

Barnes and Noble
17111 Haggerty Rd.
Northville MI 48167
6-8 pm
9 Star Wars characters attending including R2 D2

Barnes and Noble
6134 South Westnedge Ave
Portage MI 49002
1-3 pm
1 Star Wars character attending.

Barnes and Noble
2800 S. Rochester Road
Rochester Hills MI 48307
11-1 pm
5 Star Wars Characters attending

Barnes and Noble
3311 Tittabawassee Road
Saginaw MI 48604
2-4 pm
4 Star Wars characters attending

Comic City
7366 Haggerty Rd.
West Bloomfield Twp, MI 48322
Noon-1:30
3 Star Wars characters attending.

Brilliant Books
118 E Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Jodie Brandt (231) 946-2665
7-9pm
2 Star Wars characters attending.

Ann Arbor District Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor MI 48104
1-3pm
5 Star Wars characters attending.

Clinton-Macomb Public Library
40900 Romeo Plank
Clinton Township MI 48038
2-4 PM
4 Star Wars characters attending

Portland District Library
334 Kent St.
Portland MI 48875
2-4 pm
4 Star Wars characters attending.

Herrick District Library
300 S River Ave
Holland MI 49423
10-11:30
4 Star Wars characters attending.

Chesterfield Township Library
50560 Patricia Ave.
Chesterfield MI 48051
12-2 pm
1-2 Star Wars characters attending.

Carleton Branch Library
1444 Kent Street
Carleton MI 48117
12-2 pm
3 Star Wars characters attending.

Commerce Township Community Library
2869 N. Pontiac Trail
Commerce Township, MI 48390
2-3pm
2 Star Wars character attending

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