Ray Bradbury Leads ‘Long Beach Reads’

Led by the appearance of award-winning author Ray Bradbury, students and staff of local schools this week took part in activities of the fourth annual "Long Beach Reads One Book." The event, which encourages residents throughout the city to read the same book, featured Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The legendary author appeared early this week at Long Beach City College, taking questions from Long Beach Unified School District students watching in 65 classrooms and interacting through a special website. Students at Chavez Elementary school on Wednesday took part in Dictionary Day, where each third grade student received a dictionary. The students participated in a "Dig My Dictionary" contest to learn how dictionaries can help them achieve more as students, speakers and writers. The Poly High School Orchestra performed music from the film of Fahrenheit 451 prior to an evening public discussion of the importance of dissent and free speech in the governance of a free society, a central theme of the Bradbury classic.