CHARLOTTE – To reiterate the importance of reading, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library staff encourages residents to come together to discuss a novel that describes life without books.
During the One Book, One Week, One Community initiative, people are asked to read “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury and participate in a variety of area events offered April 13-19.
“We want everyone to come together and talk about reading, education and intellectual freedom,” said Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Branch Marketing Specialist Sarah Goldstein.
Staff hopes by choosing the same book, it will spur community dialogue. Plus adults and teens can serve as models for youth who see them reading. Coinciding with National Library Week, this is the first large-scale read since 2009, when library patrons read “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
“‘Fahrenheit 451’ has the potential to inspire meaningful conversation about intellectual freedom,” Goldstein said.
It’s a futuristic dystopian novel about a world where books are banned and burned. Themes include the ideas of censorship, technology and knowledge versus ignorance.
The book is available in print, digital and audio formats.
In addition to discussion groups, several locations offer movie screenings. The following are scheduled area events. All are free and open to adults, seniors and teens.
•April 14, 5:30 p.m., Mountain Island Branch, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way, Charlotte: Watch the film adaptation of “Fahrenheit 451” followed by group discussion.
•April 15, 5:30 p.m., North County Regional, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville: Watch and discuss the movie.
•April 16, 10:30 a.m., Davidson Branch, 119 S. Main St.: Book club event with a video presentation by Ray Bradbury scholar Jonathan Eller followed by group discussion on the book. Refreshments served.
•April 16, 11:30 a.m., Davidson Branch: Watch the movie adaptation followed by discussion. Light refreshments served, but attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
•April 17, 6 p.m., North County Regional: Participate in a group discussion about the book. Light refreshments served.
•April 22, 10:30 a.m., Cornelius branch, 21105 Catawba Ave.: Book club event with a presentation on Ray Bradbury followed by a book discussion. Refreshments served.
In addition to events planned at area branches, book clubs are encouraged to promote the book. Discussion questions, developed by the National Endowment for the Arts, and other material are available at www.cmlibrary.org/onebook. Groups can also promote their “Fahrenheit 451” events on the website.