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Days of Remembrance contest open for students in grades 7-12

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is sharing that the Days of Remembrance essay contest is now open for students in grades 7-12.

Applicants must live in Pennsylvania in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder or Union County. Students related to anyone affiliated with the essay contest cannot win an award. Applications must be submitted online at https://daysofremembrance.org/essay-submission by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, March 12, 2022.

Awards include:

• First-place $500 checks will be awarded to one high school student and one middle school student.

• Second-place $250 checks will be awarded to one high school student and one middle school student.

• Multiple honorable-mention $100 checks will be awarded.

The 2021-2022 essay topic for both high school and middle school students should focus on the following: The Holocaust was the systematic murder of more than six million Jews, which was initiated prior to World War II and continued throughout the war. The Holocaust is a prime example of how hatred can cause horrific crimes and threaten society’s values and security. The Nazis and their collaborators also killed millions of others they considered inferior or undesirable, such as Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and people with disabilities. The Holocaust cannot be solely blamed on Adolf Hitler. Nazis, Germans and people from other countries actively participated in the Holocaust. Discuss at least one way in which people were conditioned to accept extermination as a reasonable solution to Europe’s problems. Discuss at least one lesson that you can take away from the Holocaust that is applicable to today’s world.

Essays must be between 400 and 850 words of content, not including the title page and bibliography. References should follow the MLA style guidelines or a citation style with which you are familiar. Entries must be typed and double-spaced. Do not display your name, class, teacher or any identifying information anywhere in your essay. Only display the essay title and word count on the essay title page.

Days of Remembrance is a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations. A nationwide tradition was established on Oct. 7, 1980, with the 96th Congress’ passage of Public Law 96-388, which established the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Annually in school and military communities, Days of Remembrance programs are created to recognize this historic event. In the Susquehanna Valley, veteran and inter-faith religious leaders sponsor this essay contest. Days of Remembrance is a registered nonprofit corporation in Pennsylvania.

Military organizations, religious organizations, and businesses sponsor the essay contest.

Local sponsors include:

• Fairfield Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram of Muncy

• Lewisburg Sunrise Rotary

• Otto Bookstore

• Shikellamy High School JROTC

• Susquehanna Valley Marine Corps League

For more information, visit https://daysofremembrance.org/.

This contest supports the PA Forward state initiative by providing social and civic literacy opportunities for learning and highlighting the transformative nature of public libraries within a community. Libraries contribute to education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment but are often overlooked as catalysts for powerful individual and community change.

The James V. Brown Library is open for browsing and holds pick up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. To place a hold, visit www.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536 during the library’s operating hours. The library also is open for public computer usage and for services such as printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Walk-in passport services are available. The James V. Brown Library is the 2021 PA Library of the Year.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more than 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacies in our communities to power a better future for everyone.

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