Favorite reel librarian posts, 2017

As promised last week in my 2017 review post, here are my personal favorite posts from 2017, presented in chronological order:


A disappearing reel librarian (Jan. 2017)

This post took a long time to write… because the film in question, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, actually comes in 3 different versions! Y’all know I like to be thorough, so yes, I watched all 3 versions and analyzed the reel librarian’s character in each version (the reel librarian is the sister of the title character). It was an interesting post to put together, as I had to think my way around how to structure the post and incorporate all 3 different versions of the film — and thus, 3 different versions of this same reel librarian character!

Reel Librarians | Screenshot from 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' (2014)

Screenshot from ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ (2014)


Librarians of Congress (March 2017)

I got the idea to explore the history of the Librarians of Congress after I did an in-depth analysis of the classic 1976 film, All the President’s Men, which features a pivotal scene in the Library of Congress. I went down the research rabbit hole for this post — and enjoyed every minute of it!

Screenshot from 'Librarians of Congress' post

Screenshot from ‘Librarians of Congress’ post


The reel librarian in The Handmaid’s Tale (April 2017)

This post was a timely film to revisit, right before the Emmy Award-winning mini-series adaptation premiered. I enjoyed revisiting this film and how well it held up, and how relevant this story remains today.

Reel Librarians | A screenshot from 'The Handmaid's Tale' (1990)

A screenshot from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (1990)


New book ‘This is What a Librarian Looks Like’ — and I’m in it! (April 2017)

This was a joyous post to write and news to share with everyone! It still gives me chills to think that I am helping represent the librarian profession in a published book. ♥ ♥ ♥

'This is What a Librarian Looks Like' cover and email


Portrait of a real librarian adventurer (June 2017)

This post was one of the most popular posts in 2017! Years ago, I had asked Bill Nikolai — a real-life librarian as well as an actor, a stand-in, and a photo-double — to share his story with my readers, and it was definitely better late than never! He has had such an interesting and inspiring life, on and off screen.

Collage of two shots taken on the set of TV pilot A.M.P.E.D., courtesy of Bill Nikolai

Collage of two shots taken on the set of TV pilot A.M.P.E.D., courtesy of Bill Nikolai


A list of banned reel librarian movies (Sept. 2017)

This post took quite a bit of time to research and put together — but it was worth it! It coincided with the annual Banned Books Week, and I thought a list of banned reel librarian movies added to that national conversation about censorship. And it’s a good kind of post to revisit every couple of years for updates.

Reel librarian movies banned graphic


Conan the Librarian and Chainsaw Sally (Oct. 2017)

I enjoyed this post mainly because the idea of Conan the Librarian and the serial killer librarian Chainsaw Sally getting together made me laugh. As did my subheading, “Conan and Sally sitting in a tree… K-I-L-L-I-N-G.” 😀

Conan and Chainsaw Sally collage


Christmas with a reel librarian in ‘My Side of the Mountain’ (Dec. 2017)

I didn’t expect much out of rewatching this 1969 film adaptation of the 1959 young adult novel of the same title — but I ended up falling in love all over again with the reel librarian in this film! Basically, the librarian helps save a young boy AND Christmas at the same time.

Christmas with a reel librarian in 'My Side of the Mountain' (1969)

Christmas with a reel librarian in ‘My Side of the Mountain’ (1969)


Did you enjoy these posts, too? Any personal faves of yours not represented here? Please leave a comment and share!

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One comment on “Favorite reel librarian posts, 2017

  1. popegrutch says:

    You inspired me to go look:our copy of “This Is What a Librarian Looks Like” has circ’ed five times. Not bad for a nonfiction book in our little town!

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