In celebration of the Belfast Free Library’s 125th anniversary, a series of special events sponsored by the library’s trustees, Friends group and staff has been underway since February. There are several exciting programs coming up this summer; the next, an interactive mystery game led by author Dorothy Cannell, will take place Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Cannell was born in England and lives in Belfast. She has written 14 widely acclaimed mysteries featuring Ellie Haskell, interior decorator; Ben Haskell, writer and chef; and Hyacinth and Primrose Tramwell, a pair of dotty sisters and owners of the Flowers  Detection Agency. Her new book, “Sea Glass Summer,” which is set in the Maine, will be published in September.

Cannell said one of the most frequent questions she is asked is where she gets her ideas. This program demonstrates ways to jump start a plot with the help of audience participation. The audience selects the scene, the cast of characters, the motive, the detective and the villain.

“It’s amazing how much of the plot can be developed in an hour,” said, Cannell, who has presented this program in libraries throughout the country. “It is fun for both people who are interested in writing and mystery readers.”

On Wednesday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m., children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen of Camden will offer a lively presentation about his books. A selection of Van Dusen’s illustrations is on display in the Kramer Gallery through the end of June.

For a complete listing of the upcoming 125th Anniversary events, visit All of the programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or