The Albert Wisner Public Library will participate with libraries through the country in Operation 451. All libraries stand for and promote knowledge, service to others and the free expression of ideas. Operation 451 is the library community’s response to forces of intolerance and ignorance that seek to divide neighbors, communities and the country.
The public library has always stood for these values and the Albert Wisner Public Library Board has long supported the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights, but it is always good to renew our vigorous commitment to increasing information access and to ensure and expand the rights of free speech.
To reaffirm the library’s dedication to these principles, the winter selection for the Warwick Café Reading Project is “Fahrenheit 451,” Ray Bradbury’s classic work, published over sixty years ago, on the importance of books and the ideas they espouse as well as the dangers of censorship and group think.
Free copies of these books will be available next week in the following participating cafes and at the library: Caffé a la Mode, Sugar Shack, Noble Pies Café, Jean Claude’s Patisserie, Conscious Fork Café and Tuscan Café. These books are provided to be read, discussed and shared with others. There will be a limited number of the free books at the Library but patrons can place a hold on the book to check out.