Quite possibly the most ironic banned book of all time, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, (which can be found in FIC BRA) is going to be our closing book for banned book week!
Those who took freshman English may remember this book as either a fascinating read about censorship and the importance of being culturally aware, or a book that had a cool cover but you used Sparknotes to pass the tests so you didn't read it (for the latter, you missed out on an incredible read.)
The book follows Guy Montag, a fireman who's job is to burn books and "keep the public safe" from the horrors of literature. As time goes on Guy realizes the weight of his actions and the importance of books to who we are as a society, and that the most heinous act is to burn knowledge itself. The book has been banned for its use of "bad language" and its depiction of a scene where the Bible gets burned. It portrays a desolate future where humanity's greatest achievements are seen as only kindling, and we here at Brooklyn Tech are celebrating those books that have been deemed burnable not only this week but all year!
This Friday is the start of a new trend on this insta called "Fahrenheit Friday" where we will go over a banned book every Friday. --HP
Here at BTHS, our own English teacher, Giancarlo Malchiodi, teaches Fahrenheit 451 in a Science Fiction unit. He wants students to think beyond the burning of books and do research about the challenging and banning of ideas. Students learn about some of their favorite books that have been banned or challenged and then share posters of what they have found. Look for them in the halls this spring! --JF
Stay tuned for more !
Ms. Drusin is one of the librarians at the Brooklyn Tech Library. We look forward to seeing you in the library!