5 Ways to Satisfy Your Star Wars Cravings Before The Force Awakens

There’s still a long wait for the December 17th opening of Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens, so to help with the wait, here are BCPL’s 5 ways to get a taste of that galaxy far, far away.

1. Immerse yourself in the wonderful John Williams’ Score – From the Cantina Band’s
jam session to the Imperial March, music of Star Wars is as iconic as light sabers and R2-D2. BCPL has all of the film scores as well as the soundtrack album for Clone Wars available on CD. There are also several interpretive albums available on Freegal including Star Wars For Two Pianos by Enguerrand-Friedrich Lühl-Dolgorukiy & Mahery Andrianaivoravelona and Baby Wars: Star Wars Lullaby Version.

2. Nothing says “bedtime story” like Darth Vader – It’s never too early to introduce your children to Star Wars and cartoonist Jeffrey Brown has a series of picture books that pose the question “what if Darth Vader got to raise his kids?” In Vader and Son we get a glimpse of Vader’s relationship with Luke, and Vader’s Little Princess shows us how he handles being the father of the precocious Leia. Nothing says Dark Lord of the Sith like playing tea party.

3. Experience Star Wars as Only the Bard Could tell it – In a mash-up for the ages, Ian Doescher has given us the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series. It’s all the intergalactic intrigue you love -now in iambic pentameter. Doescher gives us not only classic Shakespearean soliloquies but the inner-monologues of R2-D2, something those of us who are not fluent in 6,000 forms of communication have never been able to understand. BCPL has all three of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily a New Hope, The Empire Striketh Back, and The Jedi Doth Return in both book and full-cast e-audiobooks format.

4. Grab a Controller and join the Rebellion – Be it as a Lego mini-figure or an Angry Bird, there are great Star Wars video games for every major system, and every level of gamer available at BCPL. You can embrace the dark side as Vader’s apprentice in Star Wars: the Force Unleashed, help the rebel angry birds defeat the empire of bad piggies in Angry Birds: Star Wars or battle and build your way through the galaxy in Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars all from the comfort of your living room

5. Read a Star Wars Legends book – Previously known as the expanded universe, there are 30 years of Star Wars novels, graphic novels and children’s novels that all fall under the heading of Star Wars Legends now that the official pre-Force Awakens cannon has been established as the six films, the Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels cartoons and everything published under the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens moniker. Cannon or not, the Legend books are a wonderful bounty of Star Wars goodness featuring fan-favorite characters like Mara Jade, Thrawn and Jaina & Jacen Solo. Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn introduces both Mara Jade and Thrawn and kicks off the Thrawn Trilogy. Jaina and Jacen play huge rolls in the New Jedi Order series which starts with Vector Prime by R.A. Salvatore.

-May the Force be With You,

Katie Widener, a Burlington native, attended U of L and UK before becoming a Reference Librarian at Main Library in 2011. She is the adult graphic novel collection selector for BCPL and has been a Star Wars fan since birth. She will always support two irrefutable facts: Han shot first, and Yoda is the best Jedi Master ever.

5 New Streaming Videos You Should Watch Now

Access Video on Demand just added over 200 new videos to our streaming video collection. Type in your library card number and check out the complete list of new titles, or get started with five of our favorites:

1. Who Killed the Princes in the Tower?
In 1483, the twelve-year-old King Edward V and his younger brother were put into the Tower of London by their uncle, Richard. Weeks later, Richard pronounced himself King. The boys were never seen again. For more than 500 years it has been assumed that Richard killed his nephews in a craven attempt at glory. But, some say, Richard was no child-killing monster. Rather, he was the finest King England ever had. Others say nobody killed the princes at all, and they lived anonymously into old age far away from the cut-throat world of the English court. This film explores what might have happened, interrogating all the possible culprits, and capturing the debates that rage as fiercely as ever. Fresh and incisive, this film combines compelling personal arguments with the latest evidence to present a coherent and contemporary perspective on an enduring mystery.

Who Killed the Princes in the Tower?

2. Laws of Attraction: Brain Games
Why do you like what you like? Out of the billions of people in the world — what is the hidden formula that makes you find some people especially attractive? Do you have a very specific taste or type? It may surprise you to learn that most of what you call ‘attractive’ is just a construct created by your brain, proving that attraction, relationships, and love-at-first sight feelings are all in your head.

Laws of Attraction: Brain Games

3. Transatlantic Sessions: Best of Folk
Recorded in the Scottish Highlands, Transatlantic Sessions brings together 28 artists from North America, Scotland and Ireland to perform these 12 folk favorites, old and new. Nashville’s Jerry Douglas and Shetland’s Aly Bain lead an array of the top vocal and instrumental artists in the Americana and Celtic traditions including Sam Bush, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Julie Fowlis, Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Dan Tyminski, and more!

Transatlantic Sessions: Best of Folk

4. A Question of Identity: Catching History’s Criminals—The Forensics Story
Where there’s a murder, there’s a body, and it’s often the most significant piece of evidence, preserving important clues. This episode features the first investigation in which DNA fingerprinting was used to convict a serial killer, unearths a historic case involving a college janitor turned detective, and explains how you go about putting a name to a body when it’s been dissolved in acid.

A Question of Identity: Catching History's Criminals—The Forensics Story

5. We Shall Not Be Moved
In this untold chapter in the struggle for American Civil Rights, learn how committed and fearless American churches played a pivotal role in the American Civil Rights Movement. Narrated by Ossie Davis.

We Shall Not Be Moved


Emily Kean is the Digital Services Librarian at Boone County Public Library and the consortium administrator for Kentucky Libraries Unbound. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Information Science and has managed electronic resources in special and public libraries for over ten years.