Without reading a review or watching a trailer, library staff members often can predict how good a movie will be.
How do they know? Because they've read the book.
The number of book-to-movie adaptations continues to increase, and several are scheduled for release in the next few months.
They include the movie version of Broadway show "Cats," both of which are based on a book, "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," by T.S. Eliot.
There also is a star-studded adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," which is to be released Dec. 25.
Many of the adaptations coming out in 2020 are based on books long considered classics: Jack London's "The Call of the Wild," H.G. Wells' "The Invisible Man" and Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden."
In October 2020, Kenneth Branagh will reprise his role as Agatha Christie's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in "Death on the Nile."
The release of the long-awaited movie adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic "Dune" is planned next fall.
Are modern classics more to your taste? The movie version of the first book in Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series is coming out in March. Take lots of tissues if you plan to see Disney's adaptation of Katherine Applegate's "The One and Only Ivan," which is slated for release next summer.
At this weekend's Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries book sale, you can pick up a number of books that have been made into movies. You'll find all four books in the "Twilight" saga, as well as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Gone Girl," "Life of Pi," "The Da Vinci Code" and "Girl with a Pearl Earring."
Most books may be purchased for $2 at the sale, which starts at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 6, at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. However, a few books and audiovisual items will be specially priced, including a complete, 32-volume set of the Encyclopedia Britannica, published in 2010, the last year the Britannica was printed. The set will be available for $250.
All books are in good condition. In addition to the adult fiction and nonfiction selection, there are plenty of children's and teen titles, plus cookbooks, home and garden selections and more.
If you can't wait until Friday to take a look at all the books available, consider joining the organization. A members-only presale is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. You may join at that time.
The first foundation book sale of 2020 is planned Feb. 7 to 9.
Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.