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January is shaping up to be quite a month for those interested in the life and times of one Mr. Sherlock Holmes. For those with a hearty countenance, tomorrow begins the BSI festivities in New York City.

And for those whose circulation is adapted for the warmer climes, an equally exciting set of events will be taking place on January 18 - 19 in Savannah, Georgia. I refer to the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation 7th Annual Gala: "Once Upon a Time." You may download a flyer here.

The first event, aptly titled Chapter I: A Mysterious Evening, is a gala event at the Bull Street Library in Savannah beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 18. The evening will consist of cocktails, a buffet dinner, silent and live auctions, period music and some very special guests. The first guest is none other than Mr. Holmes himself, as portrayed by the talented and dedicated John Sherwood, who has donned the deerstalker numerous times at events to entertain and educate mystery fans across the country.

Another special guest is Tim Johnson, curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Tim will be bringing some extremely rare items related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes: original Frederick Dorr Steele illustrations, a special edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes owned by a Russian czarina and a rare 1887 Beeton's Christmas Annual, to name a few.

Chapter II: A History of the Mystery is a literary luncheon to be held on Friday, January 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chatham Club at the DeSoto Hilton Savannah. There in Savannah's Landmark Historic District, author Nicholas Kilmer(grandson of poet Joyce Kilmer) will discuss the History of the Mystery.

The proceeds from both of these exciting events will raise funds for the Savannah Children's Book Festival - what a great cause - and the Vacation Reading Program. For more information or to make reservations for either or both events, please email Christy Divine or call (912) 652-3605.