James Webber will lead a discussion of Fahrenheit 451 at Exeter Public Library beginning at 10am
Beginning at 1pm there will be a discussion of Fahrenheit 451 in the meeting room at Wolfeboro Public Library and at Portsmouth Public Library
Hills Memorial Library in Hudson will begin their discussion of Fahrenheit 451 and "What book Would You Save?" at 1:30pm
Sandown Public Library will host a discussion of Fahrenheit 451 at 6:30pm
As part of their Big Read NH programming Manchester City Library will show the film version of this classic novel beginning at 6pm
Richard Hesse on "Civil Liberties in a Fahrenheit 451 World" at the Richards Free Library in Newport at 7pm
Ray Bradbury’s remarkable account of life in a thoroughly repressive society was written in the midst of the "McCarthy Era" in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Many government officials and agents regarded communism as a sufficient threat to justify the suspension of civil liberties. To accomplish that objective society had to be persuaded to suppress those who spoke and acted to protect those liberties.
Bradbury’s account relies on that pattern to construct a society which accepts the destruction of books (and one assumes, all other forms of art and literature) as an appropriate and necessary means of assuring "happiness." Those who do not accept that formula suffer a cruel fate.
Are we living through a contemporary version of Fahrenheit 451 or have we insulated ourselves from that form of oppression? We will examine the trends in our society following 9/11 to take our temperature and determine how close we are to Fahrenheit 451.
Disussion led by library staff and local teachers of "What Book Would You Save?" at the Chesley Memorial Library at 7pm
Adult and YAttitudes Book Discussion Group will talk about Fahrenheit 451 at the Rye Public Library at 7pm
"Surveillance in the Post 9-11 World" at Tilton School beginning at 7:30pm