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Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department

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book covers of three of the movies coming out in January

Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

January 07, 2020

January is the cruelest month for movies based on books—or movies in general, for that matter. The weakest releases typically happen in the early months of the year, far away from the summer and holiday blockbuster seasons.


detail from an illustration of Alice holding the "drink me" bottle

This Year I Will: Literary New Year’s Resolutions

January 03, 2020

Every January in the Literature & Fiction department, we put up a display with the theme This Year I Will….


book covers of three of the movies coming out in December

Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

December 04, 2019

Here in L.A. we had a wet Thanksgiving and we probably won’t have a white Christmas, but we can still take part in that old tradition—big-budget holiday movies.


three movie posters coming out in November

Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

November 06, 2019

Put away the plastic skeletons and styrofoam headstones. November is upon us—let the holiday film season begin. There’s always a slew of major releases that come out this time of year, so read on for a sneak peek of brand-new movies that are based on books!


5 spooky movie covers

Read it First Halloween Edition: 13 Classic Scary Movies Based on Even Scarier Books!

October 05, 2019

There’s not much going on this month in terms of new movies based on books. There’s Joker and The Addams Family, but those are based on comic book/cartoon characters, not book-length works of fiction.


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Celebrate Our Canine Companions

August 25, 2018

They say there are two kinds of people in the world—cat fanciers and dog lovers. I have had both over the years (as well as fish, a bird, a mouse, and various salamanders), and though there’s no wrong way to be, I personally feel that Man’s Best Friend makes the most rewarding companion.


Illustration of cherry blossom tree

Short and Sweet: Celebrate World Poetry Day with Haiku

March 20, 2018

In 1999, the United Nations selected March 21st as its official World Poetry Day. The idea was to set aside one day each year to celebrate poetry’s unique ability to express the deepest and most universal aspects of the human condition.


photograph of several piles of books with two chains across them. in the foreground there is a small illustration of a girl reading a book with her fist raised in the air.

You Are Forbidden To Read This! An Overview of Banned Books

September 22, 2017

Human nature is a funny thing. If you tell someone they can't do something, they want to do it more. This is especially true when it comes to banned books.


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Baseball Poetry

April 14, 2017

April is National Poetry Month, and it's also the month that Major League Baseball kicks off a brand-new season. What better way to celebrate than by combining the two?


Maya Angelou and Tupac Shakur

From Maya Angelou to Tupac Shakur: Spotlight on African-American Poets

February 22, 2016

Among the many treasures in the Literature & Fiction department is our poetry collection, which clocks in at around 20,000 titles. Since February is African-American Heritage Month, what better time to spotlight a few of these fabulous poets?


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