Summer readers celebrate with ‘Star Wars' heroes

Photo by Chris Barber Two kids in Star Wars garb stage their own battle on Saturday.
Photo by Chris Barber The local 501st Legion visits the participants in the Avon Grove Library’s Summer Reading Program. The even was held at the Technical College High School on Saturday.

PENN -- The Avon Grove Library held a summer reading wind-down party for the kids who have been participating in the program throughout the summer. The appearance of a Star Wars Crew was the icing on the cake for the events that have attracted them to the library in West Grove for the past two months.

The audience of more than 100 children and adults, many of them in Star Wars garb, excitedly jumped into a back-and-forth dialogue with the characters as they answered questions about the fine points of Star Wars in the auditorium of the Technical College High School.

Those performers are members of 501st Legion, a volunteer organization that goes to hospitals, parades and other non-profits to entertain. They have branches in various regions of the United States, so their entertainment is widespread.

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Six-year-old Salvatore Abbulone from Michigan insisted on staying on with his grandmother in Cochranville for a summer visit so he could attend the performance in Star Wars garb. He himself is a member of The Great Lakes 501st Legion and performs similar programs with his group at home.

The program also included numerous raffle ticket drawings, arts and crafts and prizes related to the Star Wars theme.

After the event in the auditorium, the Star Wars staff posed for pictures with children outside.

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Chris Barber

Chris Barber is the editor of the Avon Grove Sun. She was previously southern bureau chief of the Daily Local News and editor of the Kennett Paper, earning honors in writing and photography. Reach the author at agsun@kennettpaper.com .