Reader’s Guide: The Hollywood Librarian

They have more cardholders than Visa. More outlets than McDonalds, and move more items than FedEx. They’re America’s Librarians.

That’s the tag line from an important new documentary, The Hollywood Librarian. The film makes its Florida debut tonight at USF Lakeland, and librarians from all over the state are coming to check it out.

This is the first movie on the subject of the real lives and actual work of U.S. librarians. Using the entertaining and appealing context of American movies, the film will hold some surprises for people who may think they know what librarians do. American film contains hundreds of examples of librarians and libraries on screen — some positive, some negative, some laughable and some dead wrong. Dozens of interviews of real librarians (school and children’s librarians, special librarians, academic librarians, library educators and graduate students, a cataloger, and public librarians) will be interwoven with movie clips of cinematic librarians and serve as transitions between the themes of censorship, intellectual freedom, children and librarians, pay equity and funding issues, and the value of reading. — USF Lakeland Library

The film plays tonight at 6:00 and Friday at 1:15. Group discussions follow both shows. Tickets are free for Library staff, $8 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors

Disclaimer: My wife is the USF Lakeland Librarian. I’ve worked in libraries in some capacity for 51% of my life. Yeah, I like libraries and librarians.

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