Lawton Public Library LbNA # 62513
|Placed Date||Jul 14 2012|
LAWTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
125 S. Main St. (269)624-5481
Hours: M,T,W,F 10am-7pm SAT 10am-2pm CLOSED THURSDAYS
The library is located smack dab in the middle of beautiful downtown Lawton on the East side of M-40 South (Main St.) The building also houses a museum, the Village Clerk's office, Police, and Fire Station. There is parking to the South of the Fire Station, where you can find murals depicting the history of Lawton. Look in the little mailbox for some information and the first stamp. (No log book, take it into the library to stamp). 7/15/2013 - sorry, this stamp is missing.
Enter at the door farthest to the North and head down the long hall. No, you probably don't want the cops!
These 'boxes are placed in tribute to one of my favorite authors, Robert B. Parker (9/17/32 - 1/18/2010). He is the author of several series of crime novels including Sunny Randall, Jesse Stone, and my favorite, Spenser.
In the 1970's there was a t.v. series called Spenser For Hire with Robert Urich in the title role. I prefer reading and especially listening to the books. Burt Reynolds and Joe Mantegna are my favorite readers. Spenser is a Private Eye in Boston. The other main characters are Susan Silverman, the love of his life, and Hawk, his trusty side-kick. SMALL VICES was the book that got me hooked on the series and still is my favorite. If you want to start at the beginning, THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT is the first of the series. The books are quick, easy reads, with a lot of witty dialogue. The characters are all well-defined, charming, disarming, memorable. The secondary characters come and go throughout the series. And, of course, there's always a crime to solve.
I was very much saddened by Parker's death in 2010, as I always looked forward to the next crime to be solved.
Since Parker's death, I was wanting to find another series of crime novels to listen to at work. I believe I've found it in Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series. Longmire is a Sheriff in Wyoming. He has a female deputy named Vic and a trusty side-kick - Henry Standing Bear. As with Parker's novels, there is a lot of witty repartee amongst the colorful characters, as well as a crime to solve. The first novel in the series is THE COLD DISH. Additionally, A&E has recently launched a t.v. series based on these characters.
Once you've entered the library, the friendly librarians will be on your right. (They know about the letterboxes but are sworn to secrecy!) Proceed forward to the back wall, then turn left to find the Fiction stacks. Find the Robert B. Parker section and take a CHANCE to solve this mystery.
Now look for the Craig Johnson section. Oops! Lawton Library doesn't have any of these novels...Oh, well. Look for Iris Johansen instead. Then look under the bottom shelf to find Longmire's badge.