Hughes & Hughes Booksellers & Irish libraries support do 1 thing campaign for World Refugee Day
23 July 2012
In June, libraries across Ireland as well as Hughes and Hughes Booksellers participated in UNHCR Ireland’s do 1 thing campaign to mark World Refugee Day on 20th June. Stands displaying refugee titles, written by or about refugees, were displayed in libraries across the country for up to two weeks around World Refugee Day.
All the Hughes and Hughes’ stores and over 130 libraries across the country took part in the campaign and highlighted some of the many brilliant refugee titles on our reading lists. These included titles for children and adults, fiction and non-fiction, popular novels like the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, as well as less well-known but equally moving ones like Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa. Anyone who took out a refugee title received a free bookmark with a list of other recommended reads on it.
Many libraries also wrote blog posts about the campaign, got the campaign covered in local press and interacted with UNHCR’s do 1 thing social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. World Refugee Day display at Waterford City Central Library Hughes and Hughes Booksellers were particularly active in interacting with the do 1 thing campaign through their social media channels.
The do 1 thing campaign asked people in Ireland to take one simple action to show support for refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland and internationally who have fled their homes in the hope of finding safety in another country.
Sophie Magennis, Head of Office at UNHCR Ireland says, “Refugees across the world have shown great courage and resilience in escaping from terrible situations and the do 1 thing campaign is about showing understanding and support. Some of the books highlighted by the do 1 thing campaign are difficult reads, but many of these titles are also testaments to human ingenuity, resilience and strength.
With thanks to Waterford Central Library and Hughes and Hughes Booksellers, Saint Stephen's Green Shopping Centre for the photographs.