Livingston Reads 2017


The 2017 Livingston Reads selection is:

by Peter Benchley


The Book

When a great white shark moves close to the shores of a close-knit tourist island, the local Sheriff must stand alone against the monster to save the lives of swimmers and loved ones. The local council refuses to acknowledge the existence of any kind of threat in worry that the town will suffer a decline in its tourist industry on which it depends to survive. Sheriff Brody must from an unlikely partnership with Hooper, a rich-kid marine biologist, and Quint, a battered and insane fisherman to fight the monster which continues to feed. Meanwhile, Hooper and Brody’s wife, Ellen, are growing a little too close. All this fuels the fire of the central character’s mutual loathing which they must try to ignore and try to work together.

The familiar characters are not as likeable as they are in Steven Spielberg's classic film adaptation, but in the context of the novel, they are well drawn and compelling. Those who are familiar with the movie, but not the book, are in for some surprises; and those who read the book way back when should definitely give it another look.  Livingston Reads encourages everyone to read the book during March and April. Multiple copies of the book, discussion groups, and special events will be available at locations throughout the county. Check the Livingston Reads website for updates.

Livingston Reads

Livingston Reads is a "One Book, One Community" project offered by the six Livingston County Libraries (Brighton, Fowlerville, Hamburg, Hartland, Howell and Pinckney), and is a program to encourage residents to read for pleasure, to create community through reading, and to promote the exploration of ideas, knowledge and a love of Michigan! 

Now in its thirteenth year, Livingston Reads hopes to present the Livingston County libraries as centers for culture, entertainment and enlightenment, and to position our libraries as leaders in promoting the joy of reading.



The Livingston Libraries present Jaws at the Historic Howell Theater
Saturday, March 25 at 7:00pm. Admission is free with your library card!  Come see Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic thriller Jaws  (PG)! Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is first-come, first served, and you must present your library card from one of the six  Livingston  County libraries. Refreshments will be available for purchase.


One Idea, Two Stories: Jaws Book vs. Movie
Tuesday, April 4, 6:30pm.
 Jaws is both a thrilling novel and a terrifying movie, but the story in Peter Benchley's original book differs greatly from the one depicted in Spielberg's iconic film. Join us for a lively discussion comparing these two works and share your opinion on which is better: the book or the film?


Wonders of the Deep
Saturday, April 29, 10:15am-11:15am, 11:30am-12:30pm, 1:00pm-2:00pm, and 2:15pm-3:15pm. Free. 
Take a trip to the bottom of the ocean without leaving the library! Learn about many denizens of the deep at Supe's Exotic Jungle traveling ocean show and get a chance to pet starfish, stingrays, and even sharks! All ages welcome; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum capacity for each show: 50. Registration is required and begins on April 1, 2017 online, by calling 517-546-0720x106, or in person at the Information Desk.



Howell 2017 Livingston Reads Programs are graciously sponsored by The Friends of the Howell Carnegie District Library in memory of Mary Goetsch.




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