Season’s greetings from your reel librarians

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 … ūüėČ )

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. <<|–

Reel Librarians  |  Holiday logo


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.

[click here for “Three cheers for librarians!” post]


Desk Set (1957)

A classic librarian film that takes place around the holidays and includes a funny ‚ÄĒ and boozy ‚ÄĒ office Christmas party in the research department library.

[click here for film summary and librarian role call]

[click here for movie/play comparison post]

[click here for post featuring Desk Set lobby cards]


Home by Christmas (TV, 2006)

A librarian is included in the credits of this Christmas-themed TV movie.

[click here for “Three cheers for librarians!” post]


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. ūüėČ

[click here for film summary]

[click here for “It’s a Wonderful … Stereotype?” film analysis post]

[click here for “All hail Mary” post]

[click here for “Spinster Librarian” post]


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.

Reel Librarians  |  Screenshot from 'The Last American Virgin'

[click here for film summary]

[click here for “The Last American Virgin librarian” film analysis post]


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.

Reel Librarians  |  Screenshot of 'Ma and Pa Kettle at Home'

[click here for film summary]

[click here for “Ma and Pa Kettle and the Lady Librarian” film analysis post]


The Twelve Trees of Christmas (2013, TV movie)

Reel Librarians  |  Screenshot of 'The Twelve Trees of Christmas'

Detail of movie screenshot. Click for full image and source info. (Photo credit: Christos Kalohoridis)

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?

[click here for “Master List additions” post]


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.

Reel Librarians  |  Screenshot of 'With Honors'

[click here for film summary]

[click here for “With or Without Honors” film analysis post]


Happy Holidays!

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One comment on “Season’s greetings from your reel librarians

  1. […] Time for revisiting our¬†holiday round-up with your reel librarians! I’ve added even more titles and info to the Christmas-themed reel librarians lists I began in 2011 and updated in 2013. […]

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