Which Book Would you Save?

Which Book Would you Save?In a society where critical thinking is challenged, learning is suppressed, the government burns all books and everyone is indifferent, one woman decides she would rather die than give up her books. These are the circumstances facing the characters in Ray Bradbury’s classic science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451. The book, first published in 1953, depicts a futuristic American society with stunning references and similarities to the modern world. It is sure to captivate teens as well as adults.

The El Paso Public Library, the Museum’s and Cultural Affairs Department and their partners are asking all of El Paso to read Fahrenheit 451 during the month of March as part of the Big Read project. 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 dedicated to restoring reading to center of American culture. Books in both English and Spanish will be available at all Public Library facilities as well as at Barnes and Noble and other local bookstores.

In order to enhance the reading experience, there are several special events planned during March that the whole family will enjoy. The events include book discussions in English and Spanish, essay and art contests, screenings of Fahrenheit 451 the movie, special performances of Fahrenheit 451 the play and many others. Events will be held throughout the City including the Mickelson Library at Ft. Bliss. For more a complete listing of all Big Read activities please visit www.elpasolibrary.org or call 543-5468.