Libraries have a long list of activities around “Farenheit 451”


Timberland libraries throughout Grays Harbor will participate in the Timberland Reads Together celebration of Ray Bradbury classic sci-fi novel “Fahrenheit 451.”

Here’s one example of an activity: In Bradbury’s tale, all books are banned. People memorize literature to keep books alive. What book would you memorize? Throughout the month, library patrons can contribute the title and author of their choice and each library will create a display to catalog those choices. All those who enter will be part of a prize drawing at each separate library.

There are many other events throughout the Harbor. Their date, times and locations are as follows. All events are open to teen and adults unless otherwise noted.

GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY

ABERDEEN TIMBERLAND LIBRARY

• Book Discussion — Oct. 10, 10 to 11 a.m. Another discussion will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 20.

• Books on Fire: Pizza and Books — Oct. 18, 3-4 p.m. (teens) — Teens gather to eat pizza and talk about the novel.

• Movie Screening — Oct. 20, 2-4:30 p.m. — View a screening of the 1966 feature film version of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.” Bring a snack.

• Aberdeen Timberland Library Presentation: Alien Encounters: sci-fi Movies and the Cold War Culture of the 1950s — Oct. 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. — Consider how the future looked in films of the “Fahrenheit 451” era. Join author, film reviewer and lecturer Robert Horton for a presentation on the political and social anxieties of the Cold War and how they affected sci-fi movies of the 1950s. Comparisons will be drawn with films of later decades. Refreshments will be provided. After 7 p.m. the library will be open only for the presentation.

• Aberdeen Timberland Library Alien Encounters Double Feature — Oct. 26, 6-9:30 p.m. — Enjoy a blast from the past—a Ray Bradbury flying saucer film from the 1950s followed by a futuristic vision of alien visitors filmed 25 years later. The library will be closed during this event. Doors will open from 5:30 to 6 p.m. for the first show and from 7:15 to 7:30 p.m. for the second show.

• Book Rescue: A Community Conversation — Oct. 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m. — Become a talking book! Join a conversation with other book lovers about which book you would choose to memorize to save it from the censor’s fires. Participants may read or recite from memory a short passage from the book of their choice. All are welcome to attend, whether they choose a title or not. Together participants will use the recommendations to construct a library of titles to save for the future.

HOQUIAM TIMBERLAND LIBRARY

• Dystopia Film Festival — Oct. 2, 9, 16 & 23 (four showings) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — For four weeks in October, watch a movie that speculates on what society may become and what the future might hold for us. (Contact the library for the titles.) Bring snacks. After 7 p.m. the library will be open only for the presentation.

• Book Discussion — Oct. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.

• Book-It Repertory Theatre Performs, “Danger: Books!” featuring Fahrenheit 451 — Oct. 4, 6-7:30 p.m. — Actors from Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre will read and perform controversial sections from three books that have been banned or challenged in the United States, including “Fahrenheit 451,” “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley and “Where Willy Went: The Story of a Sperm Training for the Big Race” by Nicholas Allan. The troupe will then facilitate a discussion on the First Amendment and how and why books are banned. (Sept. 30-Oct. 6 is Banned Books Week.)

• Rescue Your Favorite Book — Oct. 24, 6:30-8 p.m. — In Ray Bradbury’s novel, “Fahrenheit 451,” all books are banned. People memorize literature to keep books alive. Help keep the written word alive by reading or reciting a passage from your favorite writer.

MONTESANO TIMBERLAND LIBRARY

• Movie Screening — Oct. 25, 5-6:30 p.m. — A screening of the 1966 version of “Fahrenheit 451.”

The library is closed for other uses during this event.

• Book Discussion — Oct. 25, 6:30 8 p.m.

ELMA TIMBERLAND LIBRARY

• Art and Writing Contest — Oct. 1 through 31 —Bring a piece of your original art or writing inspired by Ray Bradbury’s novel to the library. A prize will be awarded to the winner in each category: short story, poetry, and visual arts. All ages are encouraged to enter.

• Dystopia Bibliotopia — Oct. 2, 7-8:30 p.m. — Discuss some great dystopian novels such as “Fahrenheit 451,” “1984,” and “Brave New World” or bring some of your own favorites to discuss.

• Movie Screening — Oct. 13, 1-3 p.m. — View a screening of the 1966 feature film version of “Fahrenheit 451.”

• Book Discussion — Oct. 16, 7-8:30 p.m. A community discussion of Ray Bradbury’s novel.

MCCLEARY TIMBERLAND LIBRARY

• Books on Fire: Pizza and Books — Oct. 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (teens) — A discussion for teens. Recognize Banned Books Week (Sept. 30-Oct. 6) and join other teens to eat pizza and talk about the novel. All can join the conversation even if they haven’t read the book.

• Movie Screening — Oct. 13, noon-2 p.m. — A screening of the 1966 feature film version of “Fahrenheit 451.”

• Book Discussion — Oct. 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. and Oct. 23, 2-3 p.m.

AMANDA PARK TIMBERLAND LIBRARY

• Movie Screening — Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m. — View a screening of the 1966 version of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.”

• Trivia Contest — Oct. 1 through 24 — Answer a set of trivia questions about Ray Bradbury’s novel for a chance to win a prize. Winners will be announced at the Oct. 24 screening of the film version.

WESTPORT TIMBERLAND LIBRARY

• Book Discussion — Oct. 23, 4-5 p.m. —A community discussion of “Fahrenheit 451.”

PACIFIC COUNTY

RAYMOND TIMBERLAND LIBRARY

• Movie Screening — Oct. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. — A screening of the 1966 film version of “Fahrenheit 451.”

• Dystopia Film Festival — Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 (four showings) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Contact the library for the titles.)

• Book Discussion — Oct. 25, 6 to 7 p.m.

SOUTH BEND TIMBERLAND LIBRARY

• Book Discussion — Oct. 31, 3 to 4 p.m.

For a complete list of all Timberland Library “Fahrenheit 451” events, pick up a 20-page booklet at any branch or go to the website at www.trlib.org.