On this Christmas Eve, what better way to spend your holiday time than with your favorite reel librarians? Surprisingly, there aren’t that many Christmas-themed films featuring librarians. (Now, Halloween-appropriate horror films featuring librarians, that’s another story … 😉 )
I’ve blogged about this before — as seen here in this post — but I’ve done a little more research this winter break and added more to the Christmas list. <<|–
Christmas on Division Street (TV, 1991)
Emmy-nominated TV movie that includes a Librarian and Library Guard in its credits. Haven’t been able to track down a copy yet, but IMDb.com reviews do mention a library scene.
Desk Set (1957)
A classic librarian film that takes place around the holidays and includes a funny — and boozy — office Christmas party in the research department library.
Home by Christmas (TV, 2006)
A librarian is included in the credits of this Christmas-themed TV movie.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Top 5 on my list of Christmas movie favorites! And you know it HAS be a great film for me to recommend a film that includes the most notorious “spinster librarian” scene of ’em all. 😉
The Last American Virgin (1982)
Not a Christmas movie, but it does include a brief scene set in the school library around the holidays. The school librarian is at the front counter, where there is a small — and sparsely decorated — Christmas tree, as seen below in this screenshot.
Ma and Pa Kettle at Home (1954)
The seventh entry in the “Ma and Pa Kettle” film series, one that includes character actress Mary Wickes as a “maiden lady librarian” who finds love under the mistletoe at the end of the film.
The Twelve Trees of Christmas (2013, TV movie)
A new entry (yay!), which I found via the American Libraries Pinterest board. This Lifetime TV movie is not only Christmas-themed but also boasts a reel librarian as the main character! Here’s the write-up from the Lifetime website:
Cheri Jamison rallies the residents of her beloved Manhattan neighborhood to participate in a Christmas tree contest when her cherished local library is abruptly set for demolition. Cheri finds herself up against an ambitious developer Tony Shaughnessy, who hires Cordelia, a professional decorator, to win the contest for him. The competition is on, but as Cheri works to save the library she discovers that Tony is more than the heartless man she thought. Will her dedication to the beloved library drive Tony away…and with it a chance at true love?
With Honors (1994)
Rounding out the list is a college-themed film that includes a few scenes set in the library, including one set during the Christmas holidays. In one brief scene, captured below in a screenshot, one can glimpse in the background a few college librarians exchanging gifts and holiday cheer.
- Happy [librarian] Holidays! (popgoesthelibrarian.wordpress.com)
- The Quotable Librarian (reel-librarians.com)
- Christmas Picks: More to watch (eplcharliechat.wordpress.com)
- Holiday Greetings From Classic Christmas Flicks (shutterstock.com)