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Livermore Reads Together

Livermore Reads Together is an annual community-wide reading program that takes place each February. The community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by reading the featured book and participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults. Copies of books and event schedules are made available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.  Laurie King’s The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is the Livermore Reads Together selection for 2014.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King

In The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Mary Russell, a fifteen-year-old American orphan, meets Sherlock Holmes in 1915 in Sussex Downs. Holmes spends his quiet days studying beekeeping and dabbling in detective work. Holmes takes the spirited Russell on as an apprentice and in her, finds his perfect partner in detection. In her Washington Post Book World review, Pat Dowell praised King for liberating “Holmes of the worst effects of his misogyny” and alleviating the disappointment “that comes to every female reader of literature, usually at a very young age, when she realizes…she is excluded from the circle of presumed readers and fellow adventurers.” The Beekeeper’s Apprentice was named one of the Century’s Best 100 Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

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Take a look at photos from one of our events, Murder in the Stacks: Dewey Decimated! Participants came to the library after hours to solve a murder and it was quite a hit.

Livermore Reads Together 2014 has come to an end. Thanks to everyone who participated and made it a huge success!