Star Wars are Back in Town – a guest post by Monica Rekkedal

Are you a Star Wars fan? St. Thomas University is holding a reading event for all students at the library the 28th of October until the 1st of November. The concept of the event is to try to inspire students at St. Thomas to participate in reading more books from different authors. The students will also have the opportunity to go to the movies and play a character in a play at St. Thomas. Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope is the tile of the book for this semester, and “Shakespeare” is the author.

St. Thomas University in Miami is known for holding events based on reading weeks to inspire students to be more engaged with books, learn about different authors, and interact with other students to experience new learning opportunities. The library administrator at St. Thomas University, Jonathan C. Roach, points out how important it is to choose a title and an author that can create interest among the student body at the University. It is important to choose a good title and reading material that arouses the interest of students. It is like a commercial. He states, “If there is something familiar and nice that we want, it attracts our interest in our daily life.”

The title and the author of the book for the reading event this semester is “Star Wars” written by “Shakespeare”. The reason why this book was chosen was because people are familiar with the film Star Wars, it is a book that is fun to read, and every teenager or adult has probably watched the movies at least once. The book will also help the students to learn more about Shakespeare and his style of writing. The book also contains a lot of good information, for example culture and religion. To attract students to join the Bobcat Read celebration, the University Library is organizing events on the book, including a film viewing and a play where students can participate and take on the role of one of the characters from Shakespeare’s Star Wars . Lauren Lightfoot, one of the students at St. Thomas, says that this is a great opportunity to learn a lot about different books, cultures, and getting more knowledge on everyday life. The reading week, combined with the events held by the Library, is really fun and is a great opportunity to interact with people, make friends, participate in a play, and go to movies.  She says that she did not like reading books before but has joined in the Bobcat Read events for the last 3 years.

The Instructional Coordinator at the St. Thomas University Library, Lawrence Treadwell, says that “Bobcat Read Week” has received many good responses from students and other participants at the University. He says, “Most people have told us that they think it was fun, and I have seen many familiar students participate for many of the events we have held. It makes us very happy that so many students like the concept. We started this event 10 years ago, and we hold an event combined with a book one time per semester.” The previous titles for Bobcat Read have included The Hunger Games, The Devil Wears Prada, The Hobbit, and The Kite Runner.  The Library’s staff have many ideas for how this upcoming book event. The events will be the 28th of October until the 1st of November. Professors will be invited to speak and students to present projects and take part in a dramatic play where they can be a little childish and live the part of a Star Wars action hero. Ariel Listo, is an eager student who has a passion for Star Wars and has a huge collection that includes all the movies and action figures. He thinks it is cool that the book’s title includes Star Wars, and is very excited to participate as in the play.

Bobcat Read Week is an inspirational event where students can get involved with reading books, interacting with each other, and socialize through events, such as movies and plays. These reading events are popular amongst students and people of all ages are joining every year. The administrators at the library at St. Thomas are surprised by the good feedback they received from most of the students who participate in these events. Many students have changed their opinions about books. Every person has an inner child that wants to be reborn.   If you are a Star Wars fan, and dream about being one of the heroes in this world, then you should join the event. Find your inner child and pretend you are one of the heroes in the Star Wars movie out to save the universe.  The events will take place at the library at St. Thomas University during the week of October 28 until the 1st of November. All are welcome to join.

This news story is the part of an assignment for COM343-01- Multiplatform Journalism Reporting submitted to the Institute for Communication Entertainment and Media (ICEM) at St. Thomas University, written under the supervision of Dr Sony J. Raj

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