She must be one of those young librarians, fresh out of library school, still perky and unjaded by the relentless apathy of her patrons. In her wide-eyed bibliophilic optimism she really believes that people come to the library to read.
Jen, my sister librarian, let me help you. I've worked in a public library for almost 8 years now and during that time, I've learned some things about people. First, to get people to attend library programs you must offer (at the bare minimum) free snacks. Trust me on this. And as a rule, people don't want to read classics, not even if they're free. If somehow you were able pry them away from their televisions long enough to read the book aloud to them, I'm convinced that before long they would stick their fingers in their ears and start writhing as if they were in agony, screaming, "The thinking! It hurts! My brain...all 'splodey! Oh nooo!"
Wrote Bradbury himself:
"Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change. Don't give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy."
- Fahrenheit 451