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


Movie: Shark Tale (rated PG) Family Movie
Saturday March 4th, 1-3pm, Free, Snack and drinks provided. Drop-in.

Dreamworks animated tale of Oscar, the lowly tongue-scrubber at the local WhaleWash, who becomes an improbable hero when he tells a great white lie! Voices of Will Smith, Jack Black, Robert DeNiro, Angelina Jolie, Renee Zellweger and Martin Scorsese.

Jaws Movie Viewings

Come view Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws (rated PG). No pre-registration required.
• Come view Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic Jaws (rated PG). Monday, March 13, 6:00- 8pm in the A/B room of the Brighton District Library, Free, Drop-in, Snacks and drinks provided!
• Saturday, March 25, 7:00 pm, Historic Howell Theater, Free, Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is first-come, first served, and you must present your library card. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

2016 Movie: The Shallows (rated PG-13)
Sunday March 19, 2-4pm, Free, Drop-in. Snacks and drinks provided!

Come "enjoy" 87 minutes of thrilling terror! When Nancy is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark!

Seafood Delights!
Thursday March 30, 7-8:30pm, Free, Pre-registration is required, Space is limited.

Celebrate the bounties of the ocean with Chef Cathy Ferrara, owner of Supper Made Simple personal chef service. Learn how to select and prepare delicious seafood recipes that utilize gifts from the sea! Tasting is required! Register online beginning Thursday, March 16 or by calling 810-229-6571 x227.

Shark Jewelry! Mother-Daughter / Father-Son Craft -- All Ages
Wednesday April 12, 6:30 to 8:00pm, Pre-registration is required, Space is limited.

Tonight as part of our 2017 Livingston Reads program series, we'll be creating shark teeth jewelry, perfect for both men and women, boys and girls, ages 9 and older. Limit of 20 participants. Register online beginning Wednesday, March 29, or by calling 810-229-6571 x227.

Sharks, the Ocean & You
Thursday April 13th, 6:30-8:00, Free, all ages, Pre-registration required.

Kim Parker from Aquatic Adventures will share her experiences with these incredible creatures of the deep. Despite their terrifying reputation, sharks play an important part in the ocean environment. Come learn about the ocean, sharks and how scuba diving can give you a chance to share their world. Register online beginning Thursday, March 30, or by calling 810-229- 6571 x227.

Aquariums 101
Wednesday April 19, 6:30-8pm, Free, All Ages, Pre-registration is required.

The Brighton District Library’s fish tank is so popular that perhaps you've thought about fish as pets. Come explore the world of keeping fish as Barby Newton of Fish Doctors explains everything you need to know. Explore different kinds of fish, freshwater vs saltwater, how to start and maintain an aquarium, and even find out if fish can walk! Register online beginning Wednesday, April 5, or by calling 810-229-6571 x227.

Jaws Book Discussion
Monday April 24, 7-8pm, Teens and Adults, Drop-in.

Tonight we’ll be taking a bite out of our 2017 Livingston Reads title, Jaws, by Peter Benchley. We’ll look at the book, compare it to the movie, and discuss how Jaws is still part of pop-culture today.

DINO-SHARKS! Presented by The University of Michigan Natural History Museum. Family Program
Saturday April 29, 1:00-3:00, Space is limited. Tickets available at 12:30pm.

Explore the world of prehistoric sharks, find out why sharks are called the 'garbage can of the sea', touch jaws from different sharks, huge fossilized teeth and take a smaller shark tooth home with you! You may even see and touch a dissection of a shark specimen! Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register online beginning Saturday, April 15 or by calling 810-229-6571 x227.

The Livingston Libraries present Jaws at the Historic Howell Theater
Saturday, March 25, 7:00pm, 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.

Monday Movie: Sharknado
Monday, March 13, 6:00pm, Free

Come watch the film we love to hate, SyFy’s Sharknado (not rated). Bring snacks and blankets. No pre-registration required.

Sharks & the Environment
Tuesday, March 14, 6:30pm, Free

Despite a bad reputation, sharks play an integral role in our environment. Come learn all about sharks and their ocean environment with Kim Parker from Aquatic Adventures. Pre-registration required.

SEA LIFE Aquarium presents “Super Sharks”
Wednesday, March 15, 6:30pm, Free

Did you know sharks have super powers? Join the experts from SEA LIFE Aquarium to find out how sharks use their super abilities to survive. Pre-registration required.

Thursday Matinee: Soul Surfer
Thursday, March 16, 1:00pm, Free

Come watch the inspiring story of surfer Bethany Hamilton in Soul Surfer (rated PG). Bring a snack. No pre-registration required.

Saturday Double Feature: Finding Nemo/Finding Dory
Saturday, March 18, 12:00pm, Free

We’ll show two Pixar favorites - Finding Nemo (rated G), starting at 12:00pm, and Finding Dory (rated PG), starting at 2:00pm. There will be a 20 minute intermission to enjoy themed snacks. Come enjoy one or both movies! No pre-registration required.

Seafood Sampling: Fancy, Fun & Funky
Monday, March 20, 6:30pm, $10/person due at registration

Join Renee Chodkowski, The Great Foodini, for a cooking demonstration of seafood creations, including appetizers and entrees that range from fancy to funky. Come hungry, leave happy! Pre-registration required. Space is limited.

Jaws Movie Viewings

Come view Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws (rated PG). No pre-registration required.
• Saturday, March 25, 7:00 pm, Historic Howell Theater, Free
Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is first-come, first served, and you must present your library card. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
• Thursday, April 13, 6:00 pm, Hamburg Township Library, Free
Bring snacks and blankets.

Jaws Book Discussions

Join your friends and neighbors for a lively book discussion on “Jaws”, by Peter Benchley.
• Book Club: Wednesday, April 5, 1:00pm, Free
• Evening Book Discussion: Wednesday, April 12, 6:30pm, Free

Summer Centerpiece
Thursday, April 13, 12:00pm, Free

Come create a beautiful beach-themed centerpiece, perfect for summer décor and parties. Pre-registration required. Space is limited.

Fishing 101
Monday, April 17, 6:30pm, Free

Learn all about fishing with Brent Lybrink of J&B Bait & Tackle in Howell, including different kinds of rods, bait, and equipment you can use to attract different fish. Bring all your fishing questions to be answered! Pre-registration required.

Boater’s Safety Certification Course
Saturday, April 29, 9:00am – 4:00pm, $10/person due to instructor upon arrival

This course is for adults and children 12 years and up who want to operate a personal water craft on Michigan lakes and streams. Students will receive Boater Safety Certification upon successful completion of course and test. All children under 15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Bring your own lunch and snacks. Pre-registration required. Minimum number of participants required.

Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, February 28 @ 7:00 pm

There will be a discussion of “Jaws” by Peter Benchley. Copies provided.
Drop-in - Village Library.

Coloring for Grown-ups: "Creatures of the Deep."
Wednesday, March 1 @ 6:30 pm

Drop-in - Village Library.

Sharing the Underwater World - SHARKS!
Wednesday, March 15 @ 6:30 pm

Jim and Pat Stayer of Out of the Blue Productions will look at sharks from around the world. The program includes sharks from Mexico’s Socorro Island, Micronesia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and North Carolina’s Atlantic Coast. The show highlights a variety of sharks from Whale shark, the largest shark on earth to the sharp-tooth sand tiger shark and the weird looking wobbegongs. Join the Stayers as they experience a thrilling shark feed with large seven-footers coming within inches of their camera lenses. Register - Village.

Predators of the Deep
Thursday, March 23 @ 6:30 pm

Jim Diana, director of the Michigan Sea Grant Program and Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture at the U of M, will educate listeners about predatory fish in the Great Lakes and compare their role in the Lakes ecosystems to the role of sharks in the oceans. Professor Diana is an expert on muskies and sturgeon and has also worked on research projects with sharks. Register – Village.

Travel Your Tastebuds to the High Seas with the Great Foodini!
Thursday, March 30 @ 6:30 pm

The Great Foodini, Renee Chodkowski, presents an evening dedicated to Jaws! our 2017 Livingston Reads selection. Expect a mix of recipes including seafood, east coast specialties, and maybe a classic 70s dish thrown in for fun! Register – Village.

Finding Dory! Family Movie
Friday, March 31 @ 10:00 am

Relax and bring the family to watch Finding Dory at the library. Fresh, hot popcorn will be served. Drop-in - Village.

How “Jaws” fits into the Horror Movie Formula
Wednesday, April 5 @ 6:30 pm

Motor City Nightmares presents a multimedia presentation on Horror Films featuring big, scary animals as part of Livingston Reads 2017 - "Jaws!" Those in attendance will be entered to win two tickets to the Horror Expo & Film Festival in Novi on April 28, 29 & 30th! Register - Village.

The Livingston Libraries present Jaws at the Historic Howell Theater
Saturday, March 25, 7:00pm, Free with your library card!

Come view Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic thriller Jaws (rated 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 Discussion
Tuesday, April 4, 6:30pm, Free

Jaws is both a thrilling novel and 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? Drop in, no registration required.

Wonders of the Deep
Saturday, April 29, 10:15am-11:15am & 11:30am-12:30pm, 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. Space is limited. Registration is required and begins April 1, 2017 online, by calling 517-546-0720 x106, or in person at the Information Desk.

Pinckney Programming

This novel about a rogue shark that terrorizes a beach community hasn’t aged a day since its publication more than 35 years ago.

The story is a solid mixture of small-town politics, mystery, and outright terror. The author positions his protagonist, police chief Martin Brody, as virtually the lone voice of reason in a town filled with people who want to downplay the shark’s presence (so as not to scare away tourists with their bulging wallets); and when the body count starts to rise, it’s Brody who has to find a way to kill the beast, even if it means putting his own life on the line. The familiar characters—Brody, oceanographer Matt Hooper, shark-hunter Quint—are not as likable 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.

Peter Benchley

Peter Bradford Benchley (May 8, 1940 – February 11, 2006) was an American author and screenwriter. He wrote the novel Jaws and co-wrote its subsequent film adaptation with Carl Gottlieb. Several more of his works were also adapted for cinema, including The Deep, The Island, Beast, and White Shark.

Later in life, Benchley came to regret writing such sensationalist literature about sharks, which he felt encouraged excessive fear and unnecessary culls of such an important predator in ocean ecosystems and became an outspoken advocate for marine conservation.


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