May 4th might be a normal day for most patrons, but for some in our galaxy, it holds a significant second meaning…Star Wars fans know this day as Star Wars Day , as a pun to the Jedi salutation “May the Force Be with You.”
The phrase “May the Fourth be with you” seemed to have first entered our collective conscience on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Britain’s first female prime minister. To celebrate, Thatcher’s party took out a half-page ad in the London Evening News that read “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.”
You don’t have to be a Jedi Master to encounter Star Wars references in current pop culture or to celebrate this day. Ever since the late 1970s when Star Wars hit the big screens, the movies and their lore have captivated people around the world. The Star Wars movies and books have introduced many people to Science Fiction, who had not previous embraced this genre. There is even a website dedicated to the event with information on celebrations worldwide.
The Attleboro Public Library has joined the celebration, thanks to the talent and collections of local fans. A Lego Star Wars Lego Brick collection is on display in the Marble Lobby, along with books, posters and memorabilia. Although none of the items are priceless, their worth is beyond value for these ardent fans.
Join the fun and celebration this May in the Marble Lobby, for a pop-up display coming to the Children’s Room, and check out the associated Pinterest board for additional resources!