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Readers relax with 'Push'

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Monica Ruane

Posted on January 28, 2010

Reading is an ideal way to cure the winter blues, and the Louis L. Manderino Library is enhancing this experience.

Louie's Lit is a newly formed, monthly discussion group with a general theme of books that have been turned into movies.

Fittingly, the group's first book is Push by Sapphire, the author-poet who is the keynote speaker for Cal U's Black History Month celebration. She will discuss her life and work at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Performance Center.

Louie's Lit will hold its first discussion at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 in room 408 of Manderino Library. Readers who want to see the Golden Globe-winning film Precious, based on Sapphire's book, can visit Vulcan Theatre at 4 or 8 p.m. daily, Feb. 21-27.

"We decided to start this group to provide a place for the Cal U community to celebrate reading for sheer enjoyment in a relaxed atmosphere," explained Alyssa Archer, Manderino's reference and instruction librarian.

Although the library's core mission is to support Cal U's curriculum, the facility offers a considerable array of leisure reading, from its graphic novel collection to Oprah's Book Club picks.

"There are many studies showing that reading for fun is an important part of lifelong learning," Archer added. "It increases personal fulfillment and can even strengthen job performance."

All are welcome to attend the Feb. 22 discussion; RSVP by e-mail to Copies of Push will be loaned on a first come, first served basis; a limited number of books are available.