Esther’s Star Won’t Go Out

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On Wednesday, August 3, we are collaborating with Esther Earl’s family to celebrate Esther Day. Esther Day was started in 2010 to celebrate love for family and friends by telling those who we are close to that we love them, even if it is sometimes difficult to say out loud. It was inspired by Quincy resident Esther Earl, one of the inspirations for John Green’s popular novel The Fault in Our Stars.

Esther, an author, internet vlogger, Nerdfighter, and activist in the Harry Potter Alliance, passed away from thyroid cancer shortly after her 16th birthday in 2010. Esther had befriended author John Green and was one of the people who inspired him to write The Fault In Our Stars, which was later turned into a popular movie. Esther’s book, This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl, was published posthumously.

Shortly before Esther's death, Green uploaded the video I Love Hank: Esther Day 2010. The video was uploaded in celebration of Esther Day, a day which Esther stated she wanted to be about "family and love." It is celebrated annually on August 3, which is Esther’s birthday. One of Esther's wishes, as her time grew short, was to tell her friends and family how much she loved them. In that spirit, in addition to the games, we will have a postcard station where you can write a note to those special people in your life, and we will mail them for you. There will also be an origami stars craft activity for participants throughout the event.

Come to the main library to celebrate her legacy of love with family-friendly games (races, capture the flag, frisbee, and more) on our lawn from 2 to 8 p.m.. Find social media posts of Esther Day tributes held around the country - including ours - with the hashtag #EstherDay.

The day’s schedule:

  • 2-4 p.m. - Lawn games for children
  • 4-6 p.m. - Lawn games for teens
  • 6-8 p.m. - Lawn games for adults

Please join us for this special day. Bring your friends and family so that we can gather together and celebrate all the people we love and remember Esther Earl, who would have turned 22 on August 3rd.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

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