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The “One Book, One Community” project offered by the six Livingston County Libraries (Brighton, Fowlerville, Hamburg, Hartland, Howell, and Pinckney), LIVINGSTON READS encourages residents of Livingston County, Michigan to read for pleasure, creates community through reading, and promotes the exploration of ideas, knowledge, and a love of Michigan!

2020 Book Selection

Book Cover  of "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion" by Fannie Flagg

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her three daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with now is her mother, the formidable and imposing Lenore Simmons Krackenberry – never an easy task. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but she is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a shocking secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

About the Author

Photo of author Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg’s career started in the fifth grade when she wrote, directed, and starred in her first play, titled The Whoopee Girls, and she has not stopped since. At age nineteen she began writing and producing television specials, and later wrote for and appeared on Candid Camera. She then went on to distinguish herself as an actress and a writer in television, films, and the theater. She is the bestselling author of Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man; Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe; Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!; Standing in the Rainbow; A Redbird Christmas; Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven; I Still Dream About You; The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion; and The Whole Town’s Talking. Flagg’s script for the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for an Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Award and won the highly regarded Scripter Award for best screenplay of the year. Fannie Flagg is the winner of the Harper Lee Prize. She lives happily in California and Alabama.

Libraries and Events

Brighton District Library

100 Library Drive, Brighton, MI. 48116

Brunch Bunch Book Discussion
Tuesday, March 3, 11:30am-1:00pm, Room A/B

This group is led by Library staff, welcomes everyone, and does not require registration for its meetings. This month’s title is our 2020 Livingston Reads pick, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg. Drop-In.

Irene Miller: Holocaust Survivor
Monday, March 16, 7:00-8:00pm, Room A/B

Irene Miller, a Holocaust survivor, author, speaker, and educator will take you on a survival journey that little is known or written about. Labor camps, malaria, and orphanages are all part of Miller’s harrowing story. It is a tale of courage, determination, perseverance, and the power of the human spirit. Registration begins Monday, March 2.

Sunday Movies
Sundays, March 29 & April 5, 2:00-4:00pm, Room A/B

Join us for two movies that focus on women and women’s rights during the 20th century. Visit the Library at brightonlibrary.evanced.info/signup for titles. Popcorn and beverages provided. Drop-In.

Prohibition Cocktails
Monday, March 30, 7:00-8:00pm, Room A/B

On January 18, 1920, the manufacture and sale of alcohol was banned across the United States with the passage of the 18th amendment, until its repeal almost 14 years later. Join Mark Mullinax and Jennifer Osborne as they talk about, and share, a few of the cocktails served in speakeasies during America’s “dry” years. Join us – it’ll be the bees knees! You must be 21 in order to participate. Registration begins Monday, March 16.

High Times in the Dry Times
Wednesday, April 15, 7:00-8:00pm, Room A/B

Travel back to the 1920s as storyteller Lois Keel presents this unique program as a reporter/flapper. You’ll hear how Michigan had a 2 year head start, supplying 3/4 of the smuggled alcohol during Prohibition. This program includes music and a bit of audience participation! Registration begins Wednesday, April 1.

Military Records & Genealogy
Monday, April 20, 7:00-8:00pm, Room A/B

Military records, especially military pension records, can be an excellent place to find genealogical information. Through them, you can often find information such as a birthplace, age at enlistment, occupation, and names of immediate family members. Finding those records can be a challenge for even the most skilled researcher.

Join Mark Mullinax, Genealogy and Local History Librarian at Brighton District Library, as he explains the different types of military records, what information those records contain, where military records can be found, and more. The program is directed at both beginning and intermediate genealogists. Registration begins Monday, April 6.

Fowlerville District Library

130 S. Grand Ave., Fowlerville, MI. 48836

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion – Fannie Flagg Book and Documentary Fly Girls
Thursday, March 5, 6:30pm-8:00pm

Read the book on your own and then come to FDL to watch the documentary about real experiences of the female pilots during WWII. Discussion of the book and documentary to follow. Registration is required and begins March 2.

Craft-Patriotic Book Page Wreath
Thursday, March 26, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Come express your patriotism while recycling discarded books. All instructions and supplies are included. A $5 deposit is required to hold a spot for this event.  Registration is required and begins March 2.

Speaker-Kim Darst- Iditarod Competitor, Husky Haven Kennel Owner, Helicopter Pilot and Instructor
Thursday, April 23, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Kim will present on being a woman in the Iditarod and the preparation required, caring for her animals and her experiences flying and teaching others to fly helicopters. A question and answer session will follow Kim’s presentation.  A $5 deposit is required to hold a spot for this event. Registration is required and begins April 1.

Hamburg Township Library

10411 Merril Road, Hamburg, MI. 48139

Rosie, WWII and Bomber Plants
Wednesday, March 11, 6:30pm

Claire Dahl, Yankee Air Museum volunteer, presents the dramatic and vital roles played by women as they showed the nation they were willing and able to fill the work force gaps during WWII.

From Suffragette to Rosie
Thursday, March 26, 6:30pm

Suzanne Hines of the Hamburg Historical Museum will discuss how women’s clothing changed quickly form dresses at the turn of the 20th century to denim and cotton twill pants during WWII.

Jackie’s Book Club: The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
Wednesday, April 1, 1:00pm

Join your friends and neighbors for a lively, informal adult book discussion of this year’s Livingston Reads pick – The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion.

Living Military Genealogy
Saturday, April 11, 1:00pm

Genealogist Sarah Hatter will talk about military records and experiences focusing on the U.S. wars to understand your military family members better.

Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS)
Monday, April 13, 6:30pm

Alison Beatty from Yankee Air Museum will discuss the importance of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) during WWII.

Hartland's Cromaine Library

3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI. 48353

Dog Tag Necklaces
Tuesday, February 25, 7:00-8:30pm, Village Community Room

Come and stamp your own dog tag with a special message or design. $7.50 materials fee; pay at the event.  A Livingston Reads 2020 event, thanks to the Friends of Cromaine Library. Register now online or by phone. For adults

Rosie, A Detroit Herstory – Author Visit with Bailey Sisoy Isgro
Monday, March 2, 7:00-8:00pm, Village Community Room

Rosie, A Detroit Herstory by Bailey Sisoy Isgro tells the story of women workers during World War II. Written for ages 8 to 12, the book’s content is important to the understanding of the many contributions women made during the War and the challenges they faced when the men came home. Books for sale and signing. Register online or by phone beginning 2/27/2020 9:00 am. For all ages

Learn to Make Polish Sausage
Tuesday, March 24, 7:00-8:00pm, Village Community Room

A big part of the appeal of the Filling Station was Mama’s homemade Polish sausage. Learn from Bryan the Butcher at Great Lakes Meats how to make your own. Samples! A gift of the Friends of Cromaine. Register online or by phone beginning 2/27/2020 9:00 am. For adults & teens

Rosie the Riveter – The Contributions of Women in WWII
Wednesday, April 1, 7:00-8:30pm, Village Community Room

Members of the American Rosie the Riveter Association discuss the contributions of women during World War II. Hear the stories from the women who lived them! Many do not realize that women performed nearly every previously “male” job in the military and at home during wartime.  Register online or by phone beginning 2/27/2020 9:00 am. For adults

Travel Your Tastebuds to the 1940s with The Great Foodini
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30-8:00pm, Youth Program Room

The Friends of Cromaine present Travel Your Tastebuds around the World with The Great Foodini. Renee Chodkowski brings stories, recipes, tips, and food samples in keeping with the Second Sunday Concert performance themes and, this month, with the Livingston Reads of Fannie Flagg’s The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion. This month: Foods of the wartime 1940s. Register online or by phone beginning 2/27/2020 9:00 am. For adults

Rosie and Friends on Film
Saturday, April 18, 1:00-2:00pm, Village Community Room

Professor and author Greg Sumner presents a selection of documentary films from the National Archives, highlighting the contributions of working women on the homefront during WWII. Discussion and Q&A to follow. Register online or by phone beginning 2/27/2020 9:00 am. For adults

Second Sunday Concert: ABC Sisters
Sunday, April 19, 2:30pm, Hartland Music Hall

Hear the amazing three-part harmonies and trumpet-like scat singing as three real-life sisters–Ayla, Bailey, and Carly–present ABC Sisters: An Andrews Sisters Tribute Act. Held off-site at Hartland Music Hall (3619 Avon St, Hartland). A gift of the Friends of Cromaine. Show your Livingston County library card for admission. Drop-in. For all ages

Howell Carnegie District Library

314 W. Grand River, Howell, MI. 48843

Rosie the Riveter with the Yankee Air Museum
Thursday, March 5, 6:30-8:00pm, Meabon Room

“We Can Do It” was the rallying cry for millions of women as they showed the nation their willingness and ability to fill workforce gaps left by men heading off to war. Tribute Rosie Claire Dahl from the Yankee Air Museum will talk about the Willow Run Bomber Plant, the role played by “Rosie the Riveter” on the WWII home front, and the Veteran’s History Project.
No registration required

Travel Your Taste Buds with the Great Foodini
Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-7:30pm, Meabon Room

Fly on in to the Great Foodini’s All-Polish Filling Station in honor of this year’s Livingston Reads book by Fanny Flagg, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion. Renee will share authentic recipes from her Polish heritage and new ideas from her recent trip to Poland. The book was such a fun read and Renee promises a fun evening too.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Sign up starting Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at this link: https://howelllibrary.libcal.com/event/5876348.

Women in Jazz with Pam Jaslove
Thursday, April 23, 6:30-7:30pm, Meabon Room

Hear vocal artist Pam Jaslove tell stories and sing the songs of women in Jazz. She will highlight the accomplishments of women on stage and behind the scenes.
No registration required

When Amelia Came to Michigan with Program Source International
Thursday, April 30, 6:30-8:00pm, Meabon Room

In 1928, after her first transatlantic flight, famed flier Amelia Earhart made her first of many visits to Michigan to promote the aviation industry and opportunities for women in the field. While here, she set three women’s speed records at the National Air Races at Grosse Isle, crashed at the Michigan State Fair grounds, christened new model cars for the Hudson Motor Company, and cut the ribbon for the new Continental Airport. Al & Dave Eicher of Program Source International will share these stories and more of the aviation pioneer’s adventures in Michigan.
No registration required

Pinckney Community Public Library

125 Putnam Street, Pinckney, MI. 48169

Tuesday Night Theatre Classic Cinema: “So Proudly We Hail!”
Tuesday, March 10, 6:30pm

Summary: During the start of the Pacific campaign in World War II, Lieutenant Janet Davidson (Claudette Colbert) is the head of a group of U.S. military nurses who are trapped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Davidson tries to keep up the spirits of her staff, which includes Lieutenants Joan O’Doul (Paulette Goddard) and Olivia D’Arcy (Veronica Lake). They all seek to maintain a sense of normal life while under constant danger as they tend to wounded soldiers.

World War II: Women in the Workforce
Saturday, March 21, 10:30am-12:00pm

Join us at the Pinckney Library for a showing of “World War II Women in the Workforce” – short documentaries – with special guest “Grandma” Irene Bokros, who was a Rosie the Riveter.

Women of W.A.S.P.
Saturday, April 18, 10:30am-12:00pm

Allison Beatty of the Yankee Air Museum will be presenting on the topic of the “Women of W.A.S.P. (Women Airforce Service Pilots)”, along with the role women played during World War II. (This free presentation was made possible by the Yankee Air Museum. Any donations to the museum would be greatly appreciated.)

Off the Shelf Book Discussion: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30pm

Join us at the Pinckney Library as we discuss the 2020 Livingston Reads featured title.

Past Livingston Reads Books

(2020) The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
(2019) A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
(2018) Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
(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 Time 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