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Summer’s Ending, but Fahrenheit 451 Turns Up the Heat in the ‘Big Read’

September 4, 2007

Carson City, NV – Nevadans will celebrate National Library Card Month today by participating in the "Big Read," during which book groups and individuals all read, listen to, or watch the same book in a single month. At the Carson City Library, Andrea Moore says it's fitting that this year's selected book is Ray Bradbury’s classic novel, "Fahrenheit 451," which issued an early rant against the dangers of television.

"Essentially, what he was speaking to was the thought that individualism could be thought of as a crime, and that reading would be the worst possible offense."

Moore adds, some schools are sending their entire third-grade classes to the public library this week, so children can have a look around and get their own library cards.

"Many of them have already been to the library for story-times; parents or caregivers have brought them in. But for a great number of them, this is their first trip to the library and they get to leave with a library card in a fancy little, wallet-type folder! That makes them all very excited."

Studies show that children who read at home and use the library do better overall in school. At the end of the month, there will be a "Reading Relay," during which well-known Nevadans in five different parts of the state will read the book aloud. The event takes place September 27th; reading sites include the Washoe County Commissioner's Office, Sparks Marina, McKinley Center for the Arts, Incline Village Library and the State Capitol.

September is also Library Card Sign-up Month; a time to remind parents that a library card can be the most important school supply of all.

Michael Clifford/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NV