One has backed a world-wide campaign based around Star Wars aimed at getting more people to read.
Star Wars Reads Day officially took place on Saturday 10 October 2015. It was set up four years ago and has already attracted over 100,000 Facebook followers.
Students at One took part in festivities a day early, and watched snippets of the classic film series in between reading and taking home books to read.
Becky Rose from the library organised activities. The former student turned learning resource centre assistant, said, “It’s a great campaign that seems to be taking off. At the Glemsford library tomorrow for example, a chap will get dressed up as Darth Vader and he will be teaching people how to become a perfect Jedi whilst also encouraging people to read of course.”
In terms of One, she said, “We had several books about the making of the film and the film itself. There are events going on across the rest of the world so it was great to be a part of it.”
In relation to the new film, she added, “I’m trying to keep my hopes low but I’m incredibly excited – of course I am. I think a lot of other people are as well.”
Caleb Woodward, a sports student from Felixstowe said, “I got involved because I’ve been a massive fan of Star Wars – I already read a fair bit so I don’t need much encouragement but if it gets other people to read more then that’s great.”
Head of the learning resource centre, Alison Baker, said, “Today was a chance to try and enthuse our students and get them to read more based around this iconic film series. Loads of people came in to the library from all walks of the college. After this campaign we will be promoting World Book Day, blind date with a book and the six book challenge.”