Galaxy Press Attends Ohio Public Library Conference to Launch Reading Merit Badge Program Using Books from such Master Storytellers as L. Ron Hubbard

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Galaxy Press, featuring the works of master storyteller L. Ron Hubbard, attended the Ohio Public Library Conference and announced the Adventures in Reading program promoting earning the reading merit badge with the Boy Scouts of America in conjunction with Muskingum Valley Boy Scout Council.

Interested librarians at the Ohio Public Library conference at the Galaxy Press booth featuring works of master storyteller L. Ron Hubbard.

We initially came to Ohio for the Scouting program as it was in these Ohio fields where L. Ron Hubbard had been a barnstorming pilot while still a student at George Washington University.

Galaxy Press (http://www.galaxypress.com) was among hundreds of librarians and exhibitors attending the Ohio Public Library Conference that took place this past week in Columbus. As a first time conference attendee, Galaxy Press was there to enlist support of the area public librarians to help their local boy scouts through their reading merit badge requirements.

Galaxy Press had been to Ohio a few years earlier with the “Adventures in Reading Program” as part of the Boy Scout Centennial where local scouts completed their requirements for the Reading Merit Badge. “We initially came to Ohio for the Scouting program as it was in these Ohio fields where L. Ron Hubbard had been a barnstorming pilot while still a student at George Washington University,” stated John Goodwin, president Galaxy Press. “This coupled with the fact that Hubbard was also America’s youngest Eagle Scout that made working with the Boy Scouts in Ohio so appropriate.” It was through an adventuring life that Hubbard would become a master storyteller and one of America’s most sought after writers in its golden age of pulp fiction. (http://www.lronhubbard.org)

Hubbard was awarded his Eagle status, 5 days after turning 13. He later wrote, “Of all the various information which became important to me, such as photography, wood lore, signaling and many other subjects, the basis of it was laid in Scouting. I am very indebted to a great many, very fine men who gave their time and attention to a restless boisterous and extremely active boy and teenager, and I must have tried their patience many times but I never heard of it from them.”

The Adventures in Reading program was endorsed by the American Library Association through the local library systems in Guernsey, Muskingum and Coshocton counties which participated in the program, having librarians help the Scouts complete their requirements. Ed Mulholland, Scout Executive Muskingum Valley Council who Galaxy Press originally worked with for the BSA Centennial, stated, “The Muskingum Valley Council is very excited to be partnering with Galaxy press to promote reading. Their books offer exciting adventures in reading that perfectly match the adventurous spirit of our Scouts.”

Born on March 13, 1911 in Tilden, Nebraska, L. Ron Hubbard was one of America’s most prolific writers of popular fiction producing over 18 million words of fiction with a writing career that spanned over five decades. During the 1930s and 40s he authored more than 250 short stories, novelettes and novels under his own name and any of his 15 pen names at a production rate of about 100,000 words a month. His published works from that era encompassed adventure, detective, science fiction, western and fantasy work and can be found at http://www.goldenagestories.com.

For more information on L. Ron Hubbard, go to http://www.lronhubbard.org.

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