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Each week, Tribune photographer Christopher Oertell looks at the week's news, through his photos.

         I stopped by the Forest Grove City Library over the weekend and caught this photo of Alexander Gutierrez, 10, reacting after playing "Pin the bun on Leia" during the library's 'Star Wars'-themed "Be a Library Jedi" event, which helps kids excited about reading.

Younglings dressed in Jedi robes and stormtrooper masks stopped by the library for fun-filled activities. Kids got the chance to snap photos with starfighter pilots and other icons from a galaxy far, far away,

Librarians started the event three years ago after seeing how well-loved the library's collection of 'Star Wars' books and movies is, said Ariel Yang, Forest Grove's library services supervisor.

"We had no idea this would be so popular," Yang said.

For patrons who came out to the library for the afternoon event, perhaps the prime attraction was the presence of in-character volunteers from Star Wars Oregon, an umbrella group of 'Star Wars' fans who have make their own professional-looking costumes.

The organization is involved in more than 200 events every year and has about 150 members in the area.


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