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You Guessed It! More Librarians in Songs

Librarians just seem to be popular in all forms of popular culture, so another list.

Nick Cave! There She Goes My Beautiful World  is not really about libraries or librarians…but it is literary! I just really wanted to include Nick Cave. Could you blame me? 

Swinging London by Magnetic Fields is another stretch with one mention of a library. Why not, I ask you!?

Green Day’s At the Library does not have a happy ending; boy does not get girl. I’m assuming the song takes place in a library but other than the title, there is no other mention of libraries. 

Shouting in the Library by Popple…love it! A few lines in there most librarians can relate to.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart sing about lust in the library in Young Adult Friction. Apparently libraries are great locations for sex (not!). 

Hilarious video by MC Poindexter and the Study Crew rapping out the Library Rap. Rife with stereotypes again…sigh…this song was taken from an episode from the 1990’s series, Sliders. 

Sweet Librarian by Railroad Jerk is a fun song if you can find it. I wasn’t able to include this song to listen to but if you’re interested, you can listen to a sample of it in iTunes. It’s an odd hillbilly song about someone crushing on a librarian. The lyrics are below:

Swee-eeeet librarian
What good books can you recommend?
Swee-eeeet librarian
Do you think that we could still be friends?

After everything that we’ve been through
Your books on time and mine overdue
I can’t help it if I have a cough
What days do you have off?

Swee-eeeet librarian
Four more days until the weekend
I-hiiiigh have been
Thinkin that we could still be friends

Is this reference or a circulating?
Would you like to go rollerblading?
I can’t help it if I have a cough
What days do you have off?

Sweeeeeet librarian
Sweeeeeet librarian
Sweeeeeet librarian
What good books can yooouuuu recommend?

Melvil Dewey is a children’s rap artist and has a CD called Deweylicious: Library Hip Hop…eeep! I don’t have a sample of this either so if you’re curious, you can listen to samples through iTunes (again). It includes such enticing titles as Dewey Decimal Rap and Evil Librarian. Listen at your own risk!

That’s it! Again, I ask if you enjoy these posts, comments go a long way for me to feel inspired to continue with this blog. Am I shamelessly begging? You bet!!!

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Even More Librarians on TV!

I had no idea that librarians were so prolific! Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but, here’s another dose of librarians featured on TV.

I was surprised at myself for missing this first one with my last post on the subject. This librarian used to scare the living #&%! out of me at a much younger age! This is a segment of The Librarian from The Hilarious House of Frightenstein.  It was one of my favourite shows growing up but the librarian was just so damned creepy! It’s funny to watch now as I’ve since realized it was never scary but kudos to Billy Van who played the character to perfection!

This next example could fall under the category of either TV or movie since it’s a movie made for TV. I decided on TV obviously :) It’s a typical little story about a possessed house…the scene I’m sticking in here involves the death of a helpful librarian. Don’t worry if you’re squeamish…no blood, just some screaming :)

I wasn’t able to find a video of the the next librarian, but Kathy Kinney (best known for her role as Mimi on The Drew Carey Show) starred as Miss Prudence Goddard, the town librarian on Newhart for a season. I couldn’t even find a picture of her in the role so I’m just posting a random scene from Newhart…just because!

This Friends episode proves that you can have fun in the library! However, I don’t recommend this kind of activity at your local branch :)

Reading Rainbow was a fantastic program for children featuring  books and encouraging reading and starring LeVar Burton (best known as Geordie from Star Trek: The Next Generation). In this episode, Alistair in Outer Space, LeVar takes the viewer on a tour of the Library of Congress. You can watch the entire 30 minute episode here.

The Lucy Show! Anyone remember this one?! In this episode, Lucy decides to get a roommate, who happens to be Carol Burnette, and who also happens to be a librarian. Lots of stereotyping here but Lucille Ball and Carol Burnette…what a combination!

My last example features a library starring Eugene Levy as Bobby Bittman from SCTV. Rob Ford needs to watch this!

I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed some and if I have, I would appreciate any suggestions. Again, thanks for reading!

Yay! Librarians in Movies Part II!

I can’t believe how many movies I missed in  my first post on this subject! So, here’s another one :)

Two movies had been suggested to me with my first post, so I’ll start with those…Desk Set starring Katherine Hepburn as the feisty librarian, Bunny (but didn’t she always play “feisty”!?). A fun Tracy and Hepburn movie  that takes place in the reference department of a television and radio station.

The other librarian movie suggested (that I overlooked) is Party Girl starring the fiesty (another pattern?) Parker Posey (who I love!) as Mary. She goes from party girl to library clerk and discovers her true calling…how can you not love that!? The scene below is funny…however, I don’t recommend handling that particular scenario the way Mary does : )

And just when I thought Noah Wylie from The Librarian series of movies was the only male librarian (in a movie), I found some more! Peter Sellers portrays John Lewis  in Only Two Can Play. He’s a “henpecked” husband (why are women always referred to as hens!?! I think I prefer tigers!)  who works as a librarian in a small Welsh town. His life becomes more complicated when a wife of a local councillor sets her sights on him.

Jason Robards is, yup, a librarian in Something Wicked This Way Comes. This movie is based on the Ray Bradbury book by the same name. The story involves two boys and a demonic circus with the frightening and mysterious Mr. Dark handing out wishes that are too good to be true, and the heroic (yes, I did say heroic) librarian, Charles Halloway. This is a Disney flick but it’s darker than what you’d expect.

The Shawshank Redemption features a male librarian and Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne who assists in the prison library. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, do yourself a favour and SEE IT! Fantastic movie!

The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag stars Penelope Ann Miller as Mrs. Elizabeth Louise ‘Betty Lou’ Perkins. She portrays a librarian in a small town who confesses to a murder that she didn’t commit…just for the attention! She is, surprise surprise, a mousy librarian!

Tony Randall plays 8 roles in the 7 Faces of Dr. Lao. I still remember being freaked out by this movie as a child. Barbara Eden plays the librarian Angela who is seduced by Pan from a mysterious…circus?!. Adventure and seduction…just what every librarian needs!

This last one is one of my favourite movies, The Station Agent. It stars Peter Dinklage as Finn who inherits a train depot where he takes up residence. He’s a loner by choice but some of the locals  essentially  worm their way into his life. The librarian character is not a main character but I really wanted to recommend this movie :) Finn visits the local library where Emily (portrayed by Michelle Williams) is the pretty librarian/library clerk/library assistant? This is a slow moving, character-driven movie so not for all tastes but I loved it!

So, what Hollywood is essentially trying to tell us is that we librarians are boring wallflowers and are in need of a good adventure to turn all of that around. And Hollywood always knows what it is talking about! I hope you enjoyed this list…I’m looking at more!

Librarians in Song (And You Thought I Was Done!)

Yes, I have more! There have been a number of songs written for librarians so here we go again…

The first song on my list is Librarian by My Morning Jacket. I’ve never heard this song before but I rather like it (of course my favourite lyric is “take off those glasses and let down your hair for me”…yeesh!)

This one is by New Zealand band, Haunted Love, called…you guessed it…Librarian

Karen by the Go-Betweens is about someone looking for “affection” and he “don’t want no hoochie-coochie-mama” and then goes on to say he wants “a tiger on bended knees”?!?!? What!?!?!

Jonathan Rundman wrote Librarian and it is a free download if you’re interested. It comes from his album entitled Public Library. He really must be a fan of libraries!  Anyway, click on the link just below here and have a listen.

Librarian by Jonathan Rundman

This next one is interesting (I thought). It’s called I Love My Library by Lunch Money who are an Indie rock band aimed at kids/families. Not a bad little ditty, actually. Have a listen:

I Love My Library by Lunch Money

I love this next one! Library by Cursor Miner, who is Robert Tubb from England. According to Uncut, his music is “electro Syd Barrett meets Aphex Twin meets Gary Numan with a touch of early Eno and a nod at Beck”. How can you not love this!?!

Tori Amos compiled her best songs into Tales of a Librarian. The concept was that a librarian is a “chronicler” and she also put together the collection within the confines of the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Beyond all that, there aren’t any songs about librarians on the album.

The Librarian’s are a band (that no longer exists) from California. They’re labelled a “power pop band” and were apparently not very librarian-like with a raucous stage performance. An interesting fact, one of the band members, Ryan Gan, got his MLIS and is now an actual librarian in California.

If that weren’t enough…there’s a band from West Virginia called Librarians. They call their music Indie…

There are more songs of course but I think I’ll stop there…

Thanks for reading, and watching, and listening :)

Addendum

Pam mentioned in the comments about how the video for Head Over Heels by Tears for Fears takes place in the library. So, being an 80’s fan, I thought I would add the video…enjoy!

Ah, yes! We Mustn’t Forget About Librarians on T.V.!

Alright! Let’s round out this series with librarians in TV shows!

The Librarians is a comedy television series that premiered in Australia in 2007. The Librarians follows the story of librarian Frances O’Brien who is Catholic (and racist) and is forced to hire a former friend (who is a drug dealer) as the children’s librarian. Apparently, the producers researched for the show with real librarians and have consequently not included shushing and glasses (I seem to have a real bee in my bonnet over glasses…)

Ahhh…the lovely and talented Giles! Yet another male librarian! He hails from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is attractive, a wealth of knowledge (but of course), kicks butt on occasion, and is British! For the uninitiated, Giles is Buffy’s Watcher and is basically there to help her out in slaying vampires.

This video is from a kid’s show called All That, in which there was a librarian that was constantly telling people to keep the noise down but she herself made a lot of racket (yelling, using power drills etc…). I have to admit, there have been times when closing the library that a gong would have come in handy!

Funnily enough, this TV series features…Marion the Librarian! This was a kid’s show from clearly a while back (80’s). I won’t go through the synopsis since it’s all explained in the clip above.

A librarian was featured in a Twilight Zone episode entitled The Obsolete Man, starring Burgess Meredith. He portrays a librarian in a future totalitarian state, who is put on trial for the crime of being “obsolete.” Apparently, the State has eliminated literacy (whaaa!?!?) and being a librarian is punishable by death. There’s nothing like a bit of knowledge to throw a wrench into the works…

And here we have a clip from Monty Python’s Flying Circus (series 1, episode 10) featuring a gorilla being interviewed for a librarian position. Only from Monty Python :)

Seinfeld ran an episode wherein Kramer dated a librarian. The above clip is from the same episode…one of the funniest scenes from Seinfeld in my opinion!

Lastly (but not least…I am a bit of a Star Trek buff), in the original series of Star Trek, Mr. Atoz was a librarian in the All Our Yesterdays episode. His name is a play on “A to Z”.  From StarTrek.com:

Last inhabitant of the planet Sarpeidon. Mr. Atoz and several duplicates of himself oversaw a vast library in the atavachron, a time-portal device that allowed inhabitants of the doomed planet to travel back to the past in order to escape their inevitable doom.

I hope you enjoyed this series! I might very well follow through with more but I’m thinking of other things now :)

Books! My Other Favourite Subject! Let’s Do Librarians Again!

So, I did have a request for books featuring librarians…and being a librarian, I really should talk about books. In no particular order.

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series features a librarian who was magically transformed into an orangutan. The librarians in this series have magical powers…but don’t get too excited, the powers are only related to books and library work. Did you notice that the orangutan is wearing glasses?! Ah me…librarian’s in glasses we cannot escape (although many do wear glasses, I have to admit…rather sheepishly).

Kingsley Amis wrote That Uncertain Feeling which says on the cover, “the hilarious misadventures of a librarian in an out of love”. It’s a satirical look at a married Welsh librarian who has an affair with a local (and married) socialite. It was also made into a movie that starred Peter Sellers as the librarian.

Charlaine Harris is famous for her vampire novels featuring Sookie Stackhouse. She also wrote the Aurora Teagarden mystery series where the main character, Aurora “Roe” Teagarden, the local librarian, solves the crimes. Aurora is described as 4’11” and wears…glasses…yup!

Next is Richard Peck’s Here Lies the Librarian. This is the description from the book because I’m too lazy to retype it in my own words:

Peewee idolizes Jake, a big brother whose dreams of auto mechanic glory are fueled by the hard road coming to link their Indiana town and futures with the twentieth century. And motoring down the road comes Irene Ridpath, a young librarian with plans to astonish them all and turn Peewee’s life upside down.

I like the “shhh” on the headstone. I try so hard not to shush people :)

The Magic Tree House series written by Mary Pope Osbourne features Annie and Jack who travel through space and time and around the world on many adventures. Both of the kids become “Master Librarians” and gather books for Morgan Le Fay’s library.

The next book is The Time Traveler’s Wife which I loved! Written by Audrey Niffenegger it features the main character, Henry De Tamble, as a librarian in Chicago. He suffers from “Chrono Displacement” which makes him involuntarily jump through time. It was of course, made into a movie starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. One of the few books that made me cry…

Then we have Stephen King’s It. One of the main characters is Mike Hanlon, who is a librarian in the small town of Derry, Maine. Does he save the day? Not quite, but he is involved in one of the creepiest scenes that takes place in the library. It also features the creepiest/scariest clown you’ll ever read about. But we wont go there…

Next, I will give honourable mention to some manga/graphic novels that feature librarians.

The first is the Oracle from Batman, who is Barbara Gordon (who used to be Batgirl). She was paralysed thanks to the Joker and is now a savvy librarian.

Then we have Read or Die where Yomiko Readman works for the Library of England in search of rare and powerful books. What can I say? I love the title!

Lastly, we have the librarian Lucien from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman graphic novels. Lucien tends to The Dreaming’s library, where all the books that are dreamt of, but never written, are contained. I’ve always wanted to read these novels, particularly since I’m such a big fan of Neil Gaimans!

That’s it for now…again, there are many more books out there but this was meant to be a brief overview. I think I might explore T.V. next…