“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”

3 March 6 pm for 6:30 start, Lobby of the Full Council meeting in defence of Barnet Libraries

Barnet Council will be considering its budget at the full council meeting on Tuesday, 3 March 2015, which will doubtless affect Barnet’s shrinking library services.  Thursday, 5 March 2015 is World Book Day when people celebrate books.  We urge all residents of Barnet who support our libraries, to read a book towards this day.

There is no more appropriate book than “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury.


This is what Ray Bradbury said about libraries and reading:

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture.  Just get people to stop reading them.”

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 is set in a future when the written word is forbidden. “Fireman” Guy Montag, enjoys his duties as a professional book-burner. He never questions the totalitarian government, nor the barbaric acts he commits in its name. His eyes are finally opened when a young girl tells him of a time when books were legal and people did not live in fear.


Montag begins stealing books marked for destruction and meets a professor who agrees to educate him. When his pilfering is discovered, he must run for his life.


Please spread this idea as widely as possible.  Copies of Fahrenheit 451 are available at Barnet Libraries – the printed book, an ebook , audio books and a DVD of the film.