Hollywood has made truckloads of money off the teen literature genre in recent years with movie versions of the “Twilight” novels, “Lord of the Rings,” “Hunger Games” and “Harry Potter.”
The popularity of those movies has not gone unnoticed at the Metropolitan Library System, which has offered activities around all of those films in recent years. And that trend continues this month with events to coincide with the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” on Dec. 14. “The Hobbit” was written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Movie and book tie-ins have been popular activities at the library in recent years, system program coordinator Emily Williams said.
“I think it captures their imagination,” Williams said. “They fall in love with the characters and there's a lot of fan fiction on the Internet. That's an experience they can continue at the library. It gives them a chance to interact and talk with their friends about the books.”
The final installment of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Downtown Library. That branch also will host a “Hobbit” lock-in Saturday.
“Hobbit” parties also are scheduled at the Capitol Hill, Del City and Southern Oaks branches throughout the remainder of the month. The Bell Isle and Midwest City branches will host “Hobbit” scavenger hunts. Four branches are hosting drawing contests this month.
“It's something we plan on doing more of in the future,” Williams said. “The attendance at the various events has been very good. In Hollywood young adult literature is where it's at right now.”
For more information on “Hobbit”-themed activities, go to www.metrolibrary.org or call your local branch.