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Warm up this winter with Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’

Emily Hisel
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The temperature at which the pages of a book catch fire and burn: Fahrenheit 451. The place at which reading catches fire this winter: your library. The Garfield County libraries are excited to present “The Big Read” featuring Ray Bradbury’s classic science fiction novel, “Fahrenheit 451.”

When an alternate reality consists of firemen who burn books, and family takes a backseat to technology, where can a questioning mind go?

Follow along in Guy Montag’s journey from a simple member of a controlled society to his discovery of a new view of the world.

The catalyst for his journey is a young girl who asks the basic questions typical of young minds: “Why?” and “What did you think?”

While these are simple ideas, in Bradbury’s reality society has forgotten – and has even decided to wage war against differing ideas and opinions.

“Fahrenheit 451” is a wonderful book for libraries as it brings up topics of censorship and book burning. It illustrates the value of books, and the value of knowledge. Bradbury shows what could happen if people become complacent and if society thinks differences are “too hard.”

To celebrate this novel all the Garfield County libraries now have numerous copies of the book available. These copies are “read and return” books that do not need to be checked out. Additionally, there will be graphic novel, audio book, movie and Spanish versions available to check out. The books will also be found on the RFTA buses and in local businesses. Once you read “Fahrenheit 451,” return your copy to any of the Garfield County libraries and enter to win a sleek LED book light. Twenty-five book lights will be given away at each branch on Feb. 13.

The Library District will also offer “Middle Read” and “Little Read” books in order to bring this community event to younger audiences. The book “The City of Ember” by Jeanne DuPrau will be the “Middle Read” book available in middle schools around Garfield County. Additionally, “Fireman Small” by Wong Herbert Yee will be the “Little Read” picture book available for the youngest members of our community to enjoy.

There are many exciting events planned throughout the county in February. Each branch is offering different programs ranging from fire dancers to book discussions, and from film screenings to programs with local firefighters. Find out more about the programs by grabbing a copy of the Event Guide at your local library. There you will also find details on the Graphic Short Story Contest going on now. The libraries are looking for entries in three age divisions, and children, teens, and adults can enter. Each division winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

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