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The SFSC Library on the Highlands Campus in Avon Park will host a celebration of the Star Wars universe on Friday, May 4, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring themed games, activities, and prizes.
“I grew up with Star Wars, and I’ve loved the expansion of the Star Wars universe over time, from the novels to the new movies,” said Claire Miller, librarian. “I’m a huge fan, and I love getting to share my love through this event.”
Attendees to the event will be able to fly a model X-wing through the Death Star, search for prizes (or peril) in the Detention Cell Block Garbage Compactor 3263827, and create a R2-D2 bookmark and mini-lightsaber as well as other activities Miller refuses to divulge. “I’m not done making them yet!” she said.
In addition to the activities on the day, a display highlighting Star Wars books from the library collection, as well as other fun memorabilia, holds a place of honor on the first floor of Building Y. David Zoerb, professor of developmental math at SFSC, and Lena Phelps, chair of library services both loaned collectables to decorate the case.
Based on a pun using the catchphrase “May the Force be with you,” the new version “May the Fourth be with you” heralds a celebration of Star Wars fans around the world.
The first appearance of the pun and association with May 4 was on May 4, 1979. When Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, an online article from a Danish broadcaster misquoted, claiming that the Conservatives has placed an advertisement saying “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.” In 2011, the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Ontario at the Toronto Underground Cinema.
In 2013, the first official celebration hosted by the Walt Disney Corporation took place at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Fans continue to celebrate Star Wars on this date including sports teams, local governments, and even the astronauts in the International Space Station, who watched Star Wars for May 4, 2015.
Star Wars Day’s popularity inspired the rise of “Revenge of the Fifth,” a pun based on the title of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Celebrated on May 5, fans join the dark side by celebrating the villainous Sith lords. The Avon Park Public Library will host a showing of “The Last Jedi“ on May 5 as well as activities and more.