With June’s arrival, that means summer is fast approaching and we have a fun summer reading program at the library. I gave you a hint last month: bees. Did you connect bees to a famous nineteenth century sleuth by the name of Sherlock Holmes? If so, then you correctly deduced that we will be reading Sherlock Holmes and two other authors interpretation’s of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s master detective. I gave you the clue “bees” because Holmes was a beekeeper at his home in Sussex.
We have wanted to have a mystery book discussion series for a while now, but with so many mystery genres it was hard to pick which genre and authors. Since January I have been reading a lot of mystery books. I did not mind as I like that genre, but I wasn’t reading for fun. As I read I kept notes on good character development, plot flow, and discussability of each book.
It wasn’t until Alana found out that this year will be the 130th anniversary of the first Holmes publication that the lightbulb went off. It’s Elementary: Clues and Deduction: A Summer with Sherlock Holmes begins on Thursday, June 22 at 6:30pm with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet. It continues on Thursday, July 20 at 6:30pm with The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz, and the last discussion will be of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King on Thursday, August 10 at 6:30pm.
A Study in Scarlet was published in 1887 by Ward Lock & Co. in Beeton’s Christmas Annual. In 1914 the book was adapted for the silver screen. There have been many renditions of A Study in Scarlet as movies, plays, and television, but the closest interpretation so far has been A Study in Charlotte for the Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu television series Elementary.
In addition to the discussion series, we will offer a Sherlock Holmes trivia game called The Game’s Afoot. Each Thursday between June 22 and August 17 a question about Holmes and his world will be released on Facebook, and at the information desk. Submit the answer with your name and telephone number to be placed in a drawing to win a library book bag and a book of your choosing from a selection at the library. The drawing will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 with the drawing on Friday, August 18, 2017.
Other events at the library include a summer cookbook discussion of Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers, Thursday, July 13 6:00-7:30pm. You can browse the cookbook at the information desk and make copies of the recipes you select to prepare and bring to the discussion.
Don’t forget to stop in and pick up books for your summer reading. Nothing beats the heat like a good book.