Library to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

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Carrickfergus Library will mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 with a special reading and creative writing session for teenagers and also a poetry session for adults.

Members of the Carrickfergus Library Teenage Kicks Reading and Creative Writing Group will be reading and reviewing the Book Thief by Markus Zusak, on Wednesday, January 17, from 6.30pm until 7.30pm. The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is the power of words and the group will discuss how the plot and characters fit with this.

Poems can capture a range of emotions in just a few words and can also help people to understand complex issues. So, On Thursday, January 18, from 11-12noon members of the adult Poetry Group will review poems that represent a variety of experiences from the Holocaust and more recent genocides.

Norma Millar, Service Development Manager with Libraries NI, said: “Libraries NI is proud to support Holocaust Memorial Day and hope that the existing members of both groups in Carrickfergus Library, as well as newcomers, come along to help keep alive the memories, stories and more importantly the never to be forgotten lessons.”

Holocaust Memorial Day is remembered each year on January 27, when Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp was liberated in 1945. On and around this time the destruction caused by the Holocaust, together with more recent genocides and persecutions, are remembered around the world.

The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, The Power of Words, explores how language of the past has been shaped by propaganda, memoirs and words of resistance. The theme also shines a light on words of today on social media, newspapers and the conversations we hold.

Both sessions are open to the public and admission is free. To book a place contact the library on telephone 028 9336 2261 or email

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