Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department

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Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

January 07, 2022

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.


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Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

October 04, 2021

It feels good to be back! After 19 months, films are once again back in theaters! It’s time for this blog to return to its original purpose, to let you know about new film adaptations as they hit the big (and small) screen.


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Read it First - Banned Books on the Big Screen

September 25, 2021

Every year during the last week of September, the American Library Association and libraries everywhere celebrate Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week promotes freedom of expression, freedom of access to information, and the freedom to read.


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Read it First - The Origins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

August 02, 2021

While there are currently 24 (and counting!) films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the majority of these feature original writing, with the Marvel characters we know and love in new and exciting plots.


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Read it First: Streaming Stories

July 02, 2021

With Los Angeles County cases of Covid-19 falling and vaccination rates going up, life is slowly resuming a sense of normalcy. Restaurants are allowing indoor dining service, movie theaters are reopening and we’re all ready to breathe a sigh of relief.


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Read it First: LGBTQIA Pride Month

June 04, 2021

Happy Pride Month! Observed each June to honor the Stonewall Uprising, LGBTQIA Pride Month is a celebration of the LGBTQIA community, their contributions to our history and culture, and their continued fight for equality and visibility.


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Read it First: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 06, 2021

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month during which we celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history and culture of the United States.


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Read it First: Literary Sleuths on the Silver Screen

April 14, 2021

This month marks the 180th anniversary of the publication of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “Murders in the Rue Morgue.” Widely recognized as the first modern detective story and the progenitor of the fictional detective character, “Murders in the Rue Morgue” is also considered the first locked room mystery


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Read it First: Women Writers

March 04, 2021

Since the publication of Anne Bradstreet’s book of poems The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up In America in 1650, women have been writing and publishing in America.


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Read it First: African American Heritage and History

February 08, 2021

Celebrated nationwide every February, African American History Month looks to honor African American heritage, history, culture and identity.


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