The Velma Wortman Morristown Branch of the Shelby County Public Library will hold a “Star Wars” celebration today, May 4th, in honor of “Star Wars Day.”

“There’s still time (and space!) to sign up for the celebration!” Library staff posted on Facebook. “Join us to create BAD ART and answer GREAT TRIVIA!”

The event will go from 5-7:30 p.m. During this time, there will be an art contest. All supplies for art contest will be provided. Voting/judging for the art contest will be from 7-7:15 p.m.

Morristown Branch Head Cat Roberts said she thought a bad art contest was a good way to encompass artists of all abilities.

“This is something I had seen other libraries do in the past where they would have an art night where there’s no expectations of anybody being good at it,” she said. “It seems like the folks around here enjoy craft programs and enjoy making things with their hands, and for an art contest, we wanted it to be inclusive of everyone’s abilities, no matter age, ability, whatever they may bring to the table. A ‘bad art night’ met all the ideas we could muster.”

“They can slap paint on a canvas, and if it’s got red and green in it, it could be ‘Duel of the Fates,’” she added, referring to the song from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Prizes will be available for the worst art and the worst trivia players.

“We had accumulated quite a few Star Wars items and thought it would be a nice way to have these as prizes,” Roberts said. “We had a couple trophies that were sample pieces made by a company my husband used to work for, so we donated them to the library for a prize.”

“We have some posters that we are going to give away, we have some pool noodle lightsabers that one of our staff created, and then we also have prizes for I guess you would say the losers of our trivia contest happening at the same time,” she added. “Losers would get some Star Trek action figures and mug. We thought it was a nice, ‘well you didn’t know about this one but maybe this will be more interesting for you.’”

This event is free to attend but registrations are required. Register by calling 765-818-1718 to reserve a spot.

“We have it set up that we have 10 spots total, and we have two reserved right now, so there is still plenty of room,” Roberts said. “I know it’s still early on in the year and everyone is getting back out, but there’s still some hesitation and I understand. We’re doing everything we can to keep people safe.”

Masks are still required at the branch.

“This is the first since I have been here. I’ve been here since April 2019, and of course, we didn’t have anything happening last year,” Roberts said. “So it’s heralding our return to in-person events.”