Barnes & Noble getting ‘Pop-Cultured’

Barnes & Noble bookstores across the country and in Modesto are helping patrons “Get Pop-Cultured” with an array of special events celebrating popular entertainment.

The event kicked off Friday with a preview weekend that continues today and Sunday. Get Pop-Cultured runs through Aug. 10.

In Modesto, an event will take place Sunday that’s singular to the McHenry Avenue store – a celebration of native son George Lucas’ huge film franchise, “Star Wars.”

The “Star Wars” Trivia Night will feature “hard-core” trivia for fans of the Lucas films, merchandise manager Christine Krippene said, beginning at 5 p.m. People are encouraged to show up in “Star Wars” costumes.

The “Star Wars” night is a Modesto-specific part of the Get Pop-Cultured preview weekend, which also will feature a look at the more than three weeks of special events. Also planned are a Spanish story time featuring the book “Si le das una galletita a un ratón” (”If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”) and other activities Saturday at 11 a.m. and a Harry Potter Trivia Night for children at 5 p.m., also today, with prizes and treats.

There will be several story nights throughout the event, along with several other special presentations. Among the highlights are the Batman Day celebration Wednesday; a DC Comics Spectacular on Thursday at 9 a.m. with giveaways and activities; Comic Convention Collectibles from July 24-27; Frozen Friday at 11 a.m. Aug. 1 with story time, a singalong, crafts and activities featuring Olaf, the snowman from the film “Frozen”; a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Marvel Comics on Aug. 2; James Patterson Day on Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. with fan trivia, discussions and more; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Training on Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. for ages 5-10; and a Page & Screen Weekend on Aug. 9-10 that will celebrate the connection of books with movies and TV shows, featuring trivia, games, activities, giveaways and more.

For more on the events, go to www.barnesandnoble.com and click on the “Get Pop-Cultured” link.