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Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction



Collage of some best books of 2021 with gift bow

LAPL Reads: Best of 2021

December 17, 2021

From all of us at the Los Angeles Public Library, at the Central Library, and the 72 branches, we are pleased to announce the best books of 2021 as selected by our staff, who volunteered their recommendations. Since 2011 LAPL Reads has been presenting these.

Filipino American journalist Maria Ressa and A Thousand Cuts documentary on her fight for freedom of the press

Nobel Peace Prize 2021

October 18, 2021

This year’s award was bestowed on two journalists, Maria Ressa and Dimitry Muratov, “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace. Ms. Ressa and Mr.

Selected books from the Best of 2020 book list

LAPL Reads: Best of 2020

December 18, 2020

From all of us at the Los Angeles Public Library, at Central Library, and the 72 branches, we are pleased to present the best books of 2020 as selected by our staff, who volunteered their recommendations.

red orange yellow flames with banned books

Banned Books Week: 2020

September 27, 2020

Over the centuries, various forms of expression have been banned or destroyed, and their creators have been censored, imprisoned, tortured, killed, exiled.

Collage of tough guy books

If You Like Charles Bukowski…More Tough Guys to Read

September 16, 2020

The novels and poetry of Charles Bukowski continue to have devoted, admiring fans, who can never get enough of his books.

Three film collage of fashion films

Fashion à la Kanopy

August 21, 2020

Kanopy is an incredible resource for feature films and documentaries. Their collection of films about fashion covers many categories: Most Popular, Fashion Industry Documentary, Fashion Runway Shows, Textiles, and Recently Added. There are over 300 titles, with Kanopy adding new films all the time.

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Adults Only: Biographies of Children’s Authors

July 29, 2020

It is a good thing that the lives of children’s authors are not always reflected in the books they wrote. Some of the most enduring and well-loved of these books were written by people whose lives were not sugar and spice.

Collage of American cuisine books

Yours? Mine? Ours? Yes! We Call It American Cuisine

July 07, 2020

Other than indigenous peoples, we are a nation of immigrants, those who came by choice and those who came by force. As our country keeps growing and changing with new people arriving all the time, what we eat changes too. Like our country, American cuisine is never static.

Collage of selected books

Get in the Game - Make a Reading Plan

July 11, 2020

When you can’t find something to read, who do you ask? Librarians, of course, who have access to more books, old and new, than anyone else. Sorry to disappoint many of you, but we have not read all the books in the library.

Collage of LGBTQIA feature films

LGBTQIA Pride in Films

June 27, 2020

Over the years there have been many LGBTQIA feature films, such as My Beautiful Laundrette,