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 fourteenth year, we hope 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.

Our Past Reads have included:

(2017) Jaws by Peter Benchley
(2016) The Martian by Andy Weir
(2015) Bitter Brew by William Knoedelseder
(2014) The Butler by Wil Haygood
(2013) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
(2012) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
(2011) A Superior Death by Nevada Barr
(2010) Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs
(2009) The Final Season by Tom Stanton
(2008) The Worst Hard Times by Timothy Egan
(2007) Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
(2006) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
(2005) Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde


Railroad History
Tuesday, March 13 @ 6:30pm
Learn about history, mystery, and murder on Michigan’s railways with Dean Pyers from the Steam Railroading Institute. He will discuss the history of steam locomotive 1225, the early railroads around Hamburg, the origins of Europe’s famed Orient Express train, and explore what sort of crimes occurred on Michigan’s early railroads.
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Live music of the 1920s & 30s
Monday, March 19 @ 6:30pm
Join local musician Eric Shore for an hour-long solo piano concert focused on popular American standards of the 1920s and 1930s which were popular during the time period of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. The concert will be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation with historical information and a display of period sheet music and 78 RPM records.
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Murder Mystery Party ($5 per person)
Friday, March 23 @ 7:00pm
You’re invited to a Murder Mystery Party! You are a passenger on the luxurious Oriental Express, along with several unsavory characters, almost certainly up to no good. Unexpectedly, the train is snowed in and one of the passengers is murdered. With the help of your fellow passengers, you must work to identify the murderer before the police arrive. Can you discover “who done it”? Pre-registration is required in person at the library. Characters will be assigned upon arrival, based on the order in which you registered. A variety of appetizers, desserts, and beverages will be served.

True Crime Michigan
Tuesday, April 10 @ 6:30pm
True crime author Tobin Buhk will explore the history of crime in the Great Lakes state, including Michigan’s most notorious criminal cases of robbery, mob activity, and murder. His books will be available for sale and signing.
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Evening Book Discussion
Wednesday, April 11 @ 6:30pm
Join your friends and neighbors in a lively book discussion of "Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie.
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Travel your Tastebuds on the Orient Express ($10 per person)
Monday, April 16 @ 6:30pm
Join Renee Chodkowski, The Great Foodini, for a cooking demonstration which will take you on an entertaining and delicious journey along the path of the Orient Express, where you will sample regional delights along the way. Doors open at 6:15.

MOVIE: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Wednesday, April 18 @ 1:00pm
MOVIE: Murder on the Orient Express (2017) @ the Historic Howell Theater (FREE)
Friday, April 20 @ 7:00pm
Join all 6 Livingston County Libraries for a viewing of the new remake of Murder on the Orient Express (rated PG-13). Admission is free on a first come-first served. You must present your library card. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

MOVIE: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Thursday, April 26 @ 1:00pm
Pinckney Programming

Murder on the Orient Express

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

Agatha Christie

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on 15 September 1890 in Torquay, Devon, South West England into a comfortably well off middle class family. What made her upbringing unusual, even for its time, was that she was home schooled largely by her father, an American. Her mother, Clara, who was an excellent storyteller, did not want her to learn to read until she was eight but Agatha, bored and as the only child at home (she was a much loved “afterthought” with two older siblings) taught herself to read by the age of five.

She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation. Agatha Christie became, and remains, the best-selling novelist of all time.


Brighton District Library
100 Library Drive, Brighton, MI. 48116

Hartland's Cromaine Library
3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI. 48353

Hartland's Cromaine Crossroads Branch
1788 N. Old US 23, Howell, MI 48854

Fowlerville District Library
131 Mill Street, Fowlerville, MI. 48836

Hamburg Township Library
10411 Merril Road, Hamburg, MI. 48139

Howell Carnegie District Library
314 W. Grand River, Howell, MI. 48843

Pinckney Community Public Library
125 Putnam Street, Pinckney, MI. 48169