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best of 2018 books wrapped up in a bow
Sheryn Morris, December 19, 2018

As 2018 comes to an end, LAPL Reads presents the best books of the year selected by our staff. Since 2011 we have shared our recommendations. You will find a little bit of everything including books by writers whose works you might not be aware of, but definitely deserve attention.


Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde
Sheryn Morris, November 01, 2018

The TV serialization of two novels, Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies, has brought attention to a new crop of novels. They are edgy, psychological, thriller, suspense stories with distinct characteristics.


Law symbols - Scales of Justice, Pie for Plaintiff, and Delta for Defendant
Sheryn Morris, October 24, 2018

Many people have felt like screaming at lawyers—their own, or someone else’s. A major problem for non-lawyers is communication.


Documentary films of Frederick Wiseman
Sheryn Morris, October 17, 2018

The documentary films of Frederick Wiseman are compelling, thought-provoking, and chilling in their candor. Wiseman led the way in making us look at subject matter we did not necessarily want to look at, even think about.


 Librarian Bob Anderson stands behind the reference desk of the Literature & Fiction Department
Sheryn Morris, October 10, 2018

Librarians who work at public libraries can find almost anything, even someone’s lost dog. No, they will not look for your lost pooch, but they will provide information about public and private agencies that will. Patrons ask questions and librarians provide information.


Blog banner for Celebrate Latino Heritage Month
Sheryn Morris, October 03, 2018

Celebrate Latino Heritage Month, but first, a brief history:


red orange yellow flames with banned books
Sheryn Morris, September 26, 2018

During Banned Books Week we celebrate freedom of speech and freedom to read. Over the years books, paintings, and movies have been banned, and their creators have been imprisoned, tortured, or exiled in attempting to silence or obliterate them.


Group portrait of the Aztecas, a girl's baseball team based in Pacoima, with their manager. Della Fonseca (later Ortega) is standing, second from right,
Sheryn Morris, September 19, 2018

Baseball is considered to be an all-American sport, but not all Americans have been able to fully participate. The history of Mexican American baseball bears witness to that.


Graphic of Michel de Montaigne
Sheryn Morris, September 05, 2018

Panic and despair are the reactions of many students when asked to write an essay. It does not matter that so many of us are constantly communicating through social media, which is immediate and short in length. By contrast, the essay demands and requires time and thought.


Nadine with Puzzums
Sheryn Morris, August 08, 2018

August 8 is International Cat Day! Also known as World Cat Day, it's a holiday created to not only celebrate the friendship that humans and cats share but also to advocate for their safety and well-being.


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