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Star Wars takes over Cambria Co. Library

Free community event promotes literacy with sci-fi film

By: Jackalyn Kovac

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- The Cambria County library was taken over as the Imperial Administration made their way through the large crowd. Members of Garrison Cardia volunteered their time, dressing as Star Wars characters to promote interest in the science fiction fantasy series, along with literacy.

"We go to libraries to promote literacy and to get kids into the library more. Letting them know what's available at their local library," said Garrison Carida volunteer Dave Johnston.

Hundreds of people, ranging from 5 years old to 40 years old showed up for the free event, many in the movie-themed costumes.

"Star Wars is such a hot ticket for both kids and adults. We saw it as a way to make a family-friendly event and bring all ages of the public (to the library,)" said Becky Pollino.

Kids and their parents enjoyed trivia, prizes and photos with their favorite characters.

"We were promoting Star Wars, but we wanted to promote literacy, and imagination and the library services," said Pollino.

"It's timeless. It won't end and whereever we go people are going to know us," said Johnston.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times