Read the book — see the movie

Hollywood has time and time again found their newest blockbuster on the shelves of your local library. This year has a number of eagerly awaited novels to screen transformations.

Recent Hollywood adaptations include the following:

“The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History” by Robert Edsel and Bret Winter. This 2010 book tells the story of a special force of American and British museum directors, curators and art historians who risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of hundreds of pieces of priceless art by the Nazis. This movie adaptation starred George Clooney and Matt Damon.

Winner of this year’s Oscar for best picture is “12 Years a Slave” adapted from a novel by Solomon Northup. This memoir of a black man who was born free in New York State, but kidnapped, sold into slavery and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana until he is recued by businessman from his hometown.

Upcoming movie adaptations include a slew of Young Adult novels:

“Divergent” by newly minted author Veronica Roth is the first book in her dystopian trilogy that tells the story of Beatrice or Tris Prior’s struggle to decide what faction she belongs to in a futuristic Chicago. The buzz is strong for this upcoming movie starring Shailene Woodley, who also stars in our next release.

John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” tells the story of 16-year-old Hazel a stage IV cancer survivor who falls in love with Augustus from her cancer support group. These two teen explore life, death and love with a perfect blend of humor and pathos.

“The Giver” by Lois Lowry tells the story of a world with no poverty, no crime and no sickness. This thought-provoking Newberry award winning novel centers on a young boy’s gradual struggle against his utopian world and his decision to escape.

For the Adult set:

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn tells the story of a marriage gone horribly wrong in this Hitchcockian thriller. Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark and ingeniously plotted thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. This eagerly awaited movie is directed by David Fincher and stars Ben Affleck.

Valentine ‘s Day 2015 will bring to the big screen, E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” which tells the story of a nave young college student and her billionaire controlling lover. This trilogy has sold over 100 million copies.

You can find all these books at the Marshalltown Public Library and many old favorites like “Gone With the Wind,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

Sarah Rosenblum is the library director at the Marshalltown Public Library.