I was once told by a police officer, "If you want to be a hero, you should become a firefighter." One of Ashland's heroes was reading out to children on Wednesday in the public library. Fire inspector and public educator Shawn Branaugh of Ashland Fire and Rescue visited the Ashland Public Library as part of the County Reads Project. This year's book is "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury.

According to the Jackson County Reads Guide, the book's protagonist is a firefighter and the novel focuses on Guy Montag, a fireman. Montag is a professional book burner and for years he did his job obediently and well. Then, one day, he is called upon to burn the books of a Mrs. Hudson, who prefers to die rather than leave her library. Secretly, Montag pockets some of her books, haunted by the idea that a life without books might not be worth living at all.

The best part of the event was when Branaugh posed with the children for photos and some of the kids tried on his gear. Can you live without books?

See you soon.

— O