“A Better World,” a St. George Branch Summer Reading Activity for teens age 12–18, will be held July 6, at 5 p.m. in the library’s community room downstairs. The St. George Library will screen a short documentary film, “We Walk Together,” by filmmaker and journalist John Domokos who followed a group of Syrian refugees as they embarked on a journey by foot to the Austrian border from a train station in Budapest. Participants will have the opportunity to send a postcard to a war refugee via anyrefugee.org. No registration is required to attend activities.
Youth services clerk Alisha Burton hopes that the activity will bring awareness of the humanity and trying circumstances of war refugees to St. George area teens, who she believes can sometimes feel isolated from world events.
“The film is short, just over 15 minutes long, but it poignantly captures the fact that the refugees are people much like Americans, with families, careers, hobbies and homes who were forced into an extremely difficult situation through circumstance,” Burton said. “It really makes you think, ‘What if that happened to me? What if bombs were falling on my town and I had to leave with my family?’”