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Book Burning: Library of Congress by John Hooker

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One warm and sunny morning, a large group of kids were walking in Washington D.C. towards a place with a plentiful amount of books anyone could want. The Library of Congress has about 26 million books and over 160 million items.

The kids and their chaperones walked calmly into the Library looking at every bit of the architecture. As there tour guide showed them around the building, they let out ohs and ahs. Only, until they went into the room dedicated to Thomas Jefferson did they understand that people were battling and Jefferson’s books where fireburning 245 years ago from a house fire. Congress had purchased all the books from Jefferson later for $23,950 after Jefferson built his library. But, in the year 1851 there was a fire. The library and two-thirds of the books were burned. Some kids in the room decided to think, what it was like if a bunch of the books burned? What were some emotions people must have had? Some thought of hate and anger and some thought of sadness. But, one person wanted to create a story about how it must feel. What if they got in a time machine and went back to see the reactions and sights. Okay, I’m starting my book after this sentence; just remember, I can’t be seen and it could end up changing the future.

According to my watch, the fire should take place in one hour. Look, there’s Thomas Jefferson. He looks happy. Maybe he just finished writing another great book. One hour later… it’s just starting. It’s growing massive so quickly; but, I don’t think anyone’s home which is a relief. Look, there is the first passerby, He must know Thomas lives there by the look on his face. I think he knows the amount of books in there, too. He is running wildly to get inside but the door is locked. I think he must now realize that no one is inside. Now to the second fire.

Wow now, that is a lot of books, and oh my gosh that is one huge flame. Look at all of the smoke, like a gigantic snake in the air. Surely everyone around here must know about it; wait it’s Christmas eve; no one will know. I guess I will just camp out here and wait.

Finally, I see people rushing out they all must know the neighbors are running from door to door telling everyone. Honestly, I can’t bear it anymore. All of this knowledge burning away. I must get back now.

Think how you would feel if your hobby was burned? Would you get right back up and keep working on your hobby?

Sixth grader John Hooker, Central Middle School, Anne Arundel County, wondered what it would be like to see the fire that burned Thomas Jefferson’s library.