Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction



Collage of books about children's authors

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,

Book covers of delicious Asian Pacific food and cooking

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - Food and Cooking

May 27, 2020

Asia is the largest continent in the world, with over 40 sovereign states and territories. The boundaries between the European and Asian continents are not so easily defined. Many countries have cuisines and methods of cooking that go back centuries.

Book collage for Asian Pacific American Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 16, 2020

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month which was officially designated and signed into law in 1992.

Library of Congress defines the geographic areas of the world as the following:

Flash Fiction book covers

Flash Fiction: Telling the Whole Story in 1500 Words or Less

April 15, 2020

If you are having trouble staying focused these days, you’re not alone. Your concentration may not be what it was, so this is a good time for flash fiction, a genre of very, very, very short stories.

Planting tomatoes

Grow Something: Gardening Indoors or Outdoors

April 13, 2020

You do not need a “green thumb” to be a successful gardener. Start small, with one plant. Pick the most forgiving plants; ones that take a lot of water (such as pothos, ivy, spider plant), or ones that need hardly any water (such as a cactus or succulent).

three of the book jackets featured

Daring Women: On Foot, on a Camel, in the Sky, on a Bicycle...

March 31, 2020

As Women’s History Month ends, we would like to offer you a few e-books and e-audiobooks about intrepid, adventurous women who traveled for the sheer joy of doing something different, to escape from others, to see the world, or to take on a challenge.

best of 2019 books wrapped up in a bow

LAPL Reads: Best of 2019

December 19, 2019

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 2019 as selected by our staff, who volunteered their recommendations.