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Harker Heights Evening Star

Library holds Star Wars Themed Event

Library holds Star Wars Themed Event

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

On Saturday, May 6, the Stewart C. Meyer Library in Harker Heights held their annual “Star Wars” themed event. The event took place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and was open to the public. People from all ages attended the event—including lifelong Star Wars fans as well as young children.

The first week of May holds some significance to devoted Star Wars fans. The fourth of May represents a spin-off of the popular phrase “may the force be with you” or “may the fourth be with you”, and many declare it as ‘Star Wars Day’.

“All of our events this week had a Star Wars theme,” said Rose Ramon, the circulation clerk at the library. “We read Star Wars for story time, we had themed food and drinks symbolizing the light and the dark side. But Saturday was our special event where we really try to go all out.” Ramon says the event has taken place for the last eight years. “It was just a blast. We had a Jedi academy, a workshop where you could make your own light saber, a costume contest, even Star Wars trivia. We screened the movies as well, everyone loved it.”

The popular movie franchise Star Wars was created by George Lucas in 1977. The series has spawned an extensive media presence, with millions of fans around the world today. Star Wars also holds a Guinness World Records title for the “most successful film in merchandising franchise”. In 2015, the total value of the Star Wars franchise was an estimated $42 billion, making it the highest-grossing media franchise of all time—second only to Pokémon. The Star Wars saga has had a significant impact on modern culture, seen through references that are intertwined in popular customs.

“We had such wonderful community involvement this year,” Ramon also said. “We had geek fest volunteers come out from Central Texas College. It just seems to get better every year, and we really love that it brings people together.” Geek Fest is a festival held by CTC that showcases vendors, cosplay enthusiasts and other “geek” related programs.

For more information about upcoming events at the library, call 254 953 5491.

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