GOOD NEWS: Star Wars Reads Day to launch Oct. 7

Photo by Cynthia Bledsoe.

Staff reports  |  One of the most fun-filled days at Charleston County Public Library’s main library is just a few days away – Star Wars Reads Day is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7.  Also, you can see one of two Star Wars movies starting at 2 p.m.

Dress up your kids (or yourself) in your favorite Star Wars costume and join more than 1,500 people in an event that continues to grow in size and entertainment value.  You might not think about your library doing this kind of thing, but if you visit, you’ll see lots of happy people (and some Stormtroopers), library officials say.  Just some of the events scheduled for the day:

FIRST Robotics Team Demonstrations: 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m. upstairs near the Zucker Collection

Star Wars Storytime: 11:30 a.m. in the Storytime room

Costume Parade and Contest: 12:30 p.m. beginning in the lobby and moving into PopMat area

Movies:  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in Young Adults’ area. 2 p.m.; and The Force Awakens in the Auditorium, 2 p.m.

In other Good News:

Top green school.  For the fifth year in a row, the College of Charleston has been named one of the nation’s top “green schools” by The Princeton Review.  “Throughout its existence, the [college’s] Office of Sustainability has been focused on important initiatives, including the installation of water-bottle refill stations around campus, localized food purchases for the dining halls, bicycle ride-share programs and a garden apprenticeship program,” according to the publication.

Job fair.  The Charleston Area CVB will host an Upper Peninsula Job Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 3 for Charleston residents who want positions in the hospitality and culinary industry.  Those interested are encouraged to wear professional attire and bring a pen.  The event will be held at Ebenezer AME Church, 44 Nassau St., Charleston.

Big gift.  A tip of the hat to AT&T for its $250,000 contribution to the International African American Museum’s Founders Fund.  “Our contribution to the IAAM will support not only Charleston and South Carolina, but our entire country for years to come,” said Pamela lackey, state president of AT&T South Carolina.  “In addition to presenting the history that helped form this nation, it will show us how our differences make us collectively stronger – a core belief at AT&T.”

More cities.  Frontier Airlines, which announced Charleston-to-Denver service earlier this summer starting next year, said last week it will also offer low-fare service to Philadelphia and Chicago’s O’Hare airport.  More:

New visiting artist.  North Carolina artist Stacey Kirby will serve as visiting artist at the Gibbes Museum of Art from Sept. 27 to Oct. 7 as part of the museum’s effort to engage people in the creative process by experiencing artists at work.  You can see her work for free on the Gibbes’ first floor in several performances of I AM, which explores gender identity and discrimination.  For more, go to:


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