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Fahrenheit 451: One Book community reading event in Charlotte

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Friday, January 17, 2014

During National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014), Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will be sponsoring a community reading event, encouraging everyone in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to join us as we read and discuss Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. We're calling this event "One Book", and our tagline for the event is "One book. One week. One community."

The Center for Adolescent Literacies supports this week-long celebration of classic literature. The goal in holding this event is to help create a community of readers inspired by participation in reading a single book. Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953, and it is regarded as one of his best works. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library chose this title not only because it can be read by teens and adults, but also because it has the potential to inspire meaningful conversations about censorship and intellectual freedom. These themes are as relevant today as they were when the book was written more than 60 years ago.

We will share more information as it becomes available and encourage others to join us in reading this powerful book by Ray Bradbury.