´Stillwater Reads Fahrenheit 451' events heat up at the library

Karen Neurohr  Dr  Timothy Murphy  Lynda Reynolds(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Feb. 4, 2014) –– “One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Fahrenheit 451” kicked off Feb. 3 with nearly 100 participants who came to the Stillwater Public Library to learn about author Ray Bradbury and pick up a free copy of the book.  Attendees enjoyed an introduction of “Fahrenheit 451” by OSU English Professor Timothy Murphy and a Reader’s Theatre performance by Stillwater High School students.

“The Kick-off was a success,” said Lynda Reynolds, library director and series coordinator.  “The students from the high school did an impressive job giving an almost beatnik, coffeehouse-style performance of the book.”

(Picture:  Karen Neurohr, OSU librarian, Dr. Timothy Murphy, OSU Engligh Dept., and Lynda Reynolds, Stillwater Public Library director) admire Murphy's signed copy of "Fahrenheit 451.")

Stillwater High School students Olivia Fletcher, Chris Fortenberry, Cody Sutton, Mary Pinney and Chris Vogt, under the direction of Drama teacher Lisa Larios, gave a dramatic recitation of “Fahrenheit 451” complete with snaps, dropping books and synchronous dialogue.        

The reading was preceded by a presentation from Murphy who described Bradbury’s early writing career, challenges made against “Fahrenheit 451” and Murphy’s face to face meeting with the classic author.

“When I was young, I won a trip to meet an array of science celebrities including Carl Sagan and Bradbury,” said Murphy.  “Bradbury was the only one who took the time to meet everyone and sign their books, including mine.  My signed copy of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ is a meaningful item I can pass on to others.”

For those who missed the Kick-Off event, a link to a recording of the program will be posted soon on the library’s website at http://library.stillwater.org.

“If you did miss the Kick-off, you can still get a book,” said Reynolds.  “Come to the library’s Help Desk to sign up for a book discussion and pick-up a copy while they are still available.  We also have a full schedule of programs on fascinating topics scheduled for the next six weeks.”

firewiseHighlighting the fire themes in “Fahrenheit 451,” the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Town Hall will feature “Firewise Community” with Stillwater Fire Department Marshall Trent Hawkins on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.

According to Hawkins, communities across the U.S. are embracing the Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program to develop action plans that guide their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live.

“Wildfires happen,” said Hawkins.  “It’s not a matter of if, but when. We want to find out if community members are prepared and to convince them to join us in the Firewise mission.”

The event is free and open to the public.  Participants do not need an OLLI membership to attend a Town Hall event.

Continuing the fire theme, the OSU library will host "Hot! Fire Research at OSU” on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m.  The program is part of the library’s monthly “Science Café, which highlights interesting, relevant, and current science research.

“The Science Café gives students and the public an opportunity to participate in lively and engaging conversations about science,” said Karen Neurohr, OSU librarian.  “This month’s café features multiple presentations on the important fire-related research being done right here in our community.”

This Science Café includes:

  • “Fire Safety and Technology” by Dr. Michael Larranaga, Dept. Head, Fire Protection & Safety Technology (College of Engineering, Architecture, & Technology)
  • “Fire and Apparel” by Dr. Adriana Petrova, Assistant Professor, Apparel Design (College of Human Sciences)
  • “Fire Effects on the Prairie” by Dr. Dwayne Elmore, Dept. of Natural Resource Ecology & Mgmt. &  Wildlife Extension Specialist      (Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources)

The program takes place in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room.  The program is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee at the OSU Student Union.

Upcoming programs in the One Book, One Community series include a presentation on censorship in our society by Dr. Joey Senat on Feb. 18; an expert panel on censorship in schools and libraries on Feb. 24; and a Stillwater Speaks World Café forum about privacy on Feb. 27.

“One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Fahrenheit 451” is sponsored by Stillwater Public Library, OSU Library and Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History.

Additional partners for One Book, One Community include Stillwater Public Library Trust, Friends of the OSU Library, City of Stillwater, Friends of the Stillwater Public Library, KOSU, OK Quality Printing, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, OSU Allied Arts, OSU English Department, OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications, OSU School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership, Stillwater Journal, Stillwater NewsPress and Stillwater Speaks.

For more information, visit the Stillwater Public Library web site at http://library.stillwater.org, email askalibrarian@stillwater.org or call 405-372-3633.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).