Metropolitan Library System hosts 'Hobbit'-themed activities

Most Metropolitan Library System branches are taking part in at least one “Hobbit” event to coincide with the release of the movie next month.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: November 15, 2012
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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.”

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