Star Wars fans enjoyed Mini-Con at Highland Park Library

Carly Levin was Princess Leia, here with program coordinator Georgia Pichinos-Anderson, right.


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by Arlene Fornander

Fans of the newly-released “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” film, enjoyed a Star Wars Mini-Con Saturday and Sunday at the Highland Park Public Library.

Ryan Vila, a teacher in Niles, sketched colorful pictures of Star Wars characters which were also available for sale at the event.


Star Wars-themed games, trivia contests, prizes, crafts, and presentations by an astronomer and scientist took place at the extravaganza. Many had their pictures taken in the Star Wars photo booth while dressed as their favorite Star Wars character.

The green screen was a popular attraction. Kids and parents had their pictures taken “on another planet” by using the green screen and computer imaging operated by Grayslake resident Yuliya Gorina. She then emails the pictures.

Georgia Pichinos-Anderson supervised the event, and Chad Clark and Josiah Heun assisted. There were crafts, including storm trooper mask-making done by children. One of the masks was shown on a bronze statue in the front lobby.

A storm trooper mask adorns a bronze statue in the library lobby.
A Star Wars storm trooper mask adorns a bronze statue in the library lobby.

Kids made Star Wars puppets and put on a performances in the library theatre.  R2D2 was on hand in the Alyce room, where it joined BB8 from the new movie, and wandered about. Everyone seemed to love it. 

Highland Park Public Library is at 494 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park.

Joseph Cisneros-Frausto of Kenilworth did comic book sketching. He is an illustrator for various comic books and displayed his portfolio which includes Superman, Thor and Sonic Man.



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