What if we lived in a world where a fireman was not here to put out fires but instead to burn things – in particular books! Sounds frightening, but welcome to the haunting world of “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Did you know that fahrenheit 451 is the temperature that a book will burn?
“Fahrenheit 451” was written over 60 years ago but reads like it was written yesterday. The future he writes about is actually somewhere in the 21st century. The world and its trappings are eerily close to home – think ear buds, fingerprint security devices.
This is the latest book selection of the Albert Wisner Library Café Reading Project, available at Café a la Mode, Tuscan Café, Sugar Shack Café, Consciousfork, Jean Claude’s Patisserie and Noble Pies. The program puts multiple free copies of the same book in our local cafes. The project is entirely underwritten by the Albert Wisner Public Library Foundation. You can read the book at the café, take it home and return it or pass it along to a friend.
I’m in the midst of reading “Fahrenheit 451” and am completely transported by the remarkable writing of Mr. Bradbury. Hey, it’s winter, time to have a cup of joe and hunker down and read a bit of classic American literature.
As we continue the celebration of the Village’s 150th Anniversary, one of the ways we will be doing that is the re-writing of the Village’s Comprehensive Master Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is an important planning document which describes the hopes, ideas, and plans for the future. This year we will be doing an organized “visionary” to help us re-write the plan. The time for that hasn’t been specified but is in the works and we’ll keep you posted.
A bit closer on the horizon, but thematically similar is the upcoming Second Sunday Conversation on Sun., Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Albert Wisner Public Library. The topic is “My Perfect Warwick,” an interactive program where you create a flag that represents your perfect Village! We have a Village tree, bird, and flower. Time for a flag!!
The next Village Board meeting will be held on Mon., Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick.
Editor’s Note: The above “From the Mayor’s Office” column, written by Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard, was published in the Feb. 1, 2017 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.