LIVERMORE FALLS — Treat Memorial Library has welcomed Brianna Rush as the new assistant director. She graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta with a Bachelor of Science in library and information services. She is originally from Houlton. When not working, she enjoys music (classic rock mostly but has a not so secret love of Broadway and Disney soundtracks), film, reading and occasionally acting.

The “Book A Trip” Summer Reading Program is halfway around the world already. Participants have toured North and South Americas, Africa and the Outback of Australia. There’s still time to join the library for Asia on July 23 and 24 and Europe on July 30 and 31.

Wednesday Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday Summer Reading Programs are at 6 p.m. Stories and crafts are not repeated from Wednesday to Thursday events, so children may attend either or both.

Guest presenter Theresa Timberlake did a wonderful job of being the African village storyteller. After the stories and making shell rattles, Timberlake served “tea” and biscuits to everyone, using the tiniest cups possible for the grape juice “tea.” She will be returning on July 31 at 6 p.m. to take attendees on a tour of Europe.

Jamie F. was the winner of  the first contest, “What and where in the world is it?” She only missed one answer. The second contest, “Which language?”, ended July 19.

Summer Reading Program participants will be recognized at a party at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. Everyone is invited. Odds Bodkin, master storyteller and musician from New Hampshire, will perform “Awesome Tales,” stories from around the world. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Coming this fall for adult readers from the Maine Humanities Council will be the Let’s Talk About It program, “Refreshing the Whodunit: Moving Beyond Christie and Doyle.” The series provides new and experienced mystery and detective fans with an opportunity for in-depth conversation about how this fiction has incorporated the contemporary world’s globalism.

To refresh the whodunit, participants will read from a selection of novels by writers more marginal and contemporary than Doyle and Christie and ponder questions of the mystery’s relationship to history and culture. The exact schedule for this program is yet to be determined, but here are some of the titles that will be read: “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” by Laurie King, “Dance Hall of the Dead” by Tony Hillerman, “The Skull Mantra” by Eliot Pattison, “A Cold Day for Murder” by Dana Stabenow and “Murder at the Nightwood Bar” by Katherine V. Forrest. Let the library staff know if you are interested in participating.

In an efforts to better serve patrons, the library has lowered its faxing fees. The first page is still $1, but each additional page is now 25 cents.

For more information, call the library at 897-3631.

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