Reader poll winner | Scary movie edition 2018

The votes for the most recent reader poll are in… and the winner is 1958’s Horror of Dracula! Each film made a strong showing in the poll, which pleased me. 🙂

Fall 2018 reader poll results

So I will be watching and analyzing Horror of Dracula this week, and next Wednesday, I will be back with a film analysis post — stay tuned!

Horror of Dracula Official Trailer #1 – Christopher Lee Movie (1958) HD” video uploaded by Movieclips Classic Trailers, Standard YouTube license

Past reader poll winners

In the meantime, if you’d like to peruse previous reader poll winners, check out them out below:

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Reader poll | Choose your next adventure (scary movie edition 2018)

If you’re a regular reader — as always, thank you! — then you know that I highlight scary movies every October. You’ll also know that every few months, I do a reader poll, when I ask readers to vote for the next film for me to analyze. This year, I’m combining both traditions again!

I’ve pulled together the following four scary movies, arranged alphabetically by title, and the poll is at the bottom of this post.


A Haunting at the Hoyt Library (2015)


A Haunting at the Hoyt ” World Wide Premiere! – Trailer #1” video uploaded by Haunted Saginaw, Standard YouTube license

This one’s a bit different from my usual round of choices, as it’s a documentary! Here’s the write-up from Amazon Prime:

For years, the Hoyt Library in Saginaw, Michigan, has made headlines as one of the most haunted locations in the entire Midwest. Finally, a documentary film crew was granted access to investigate the numerous claims of paranormal activity.

I don’t know if there are any *real* librarians featured or interviewed in this documentary, but it would be interesting to learn more about the hauntings at this public library!

I have access to watch a streaming version of this film via Amazon Prime.


Horror of Dracula (1958)


Horror of Dracula Official Trailer #1 – Christopher Lee Movie (1958) HD” video uploaded by Movieclips Classic Trailers, Standard YouTube license

Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen) poses as a librarian to catalog Count Dracula’s rare book collection—for an opportunity to kill Dracula (played by Christopher Lee). Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) battles Dracula in the castle’s library. A classic horror movie!

I have a copy of this film in my personal library.


Personals (TV, 1990)


Personals/City Killer promos & USA Network ID, 1989” video uploaded by Chuck D’s All-New Classic TV Clubhouse, Standard YouTube license

In this TV movie, Jennifer O’Neill plays a librarian who finds men through newspaper personal ads and kills them on the first date. A meek librarian by day, a killer by night!

I have a copy of this film in my personal library.


Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)


Movie Trailer – 1983 – Something Wicked This Way Comes” video uploaded by C64b, Standard YouTube license

Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) and his circus come to a small town and begin granting sinister wishes to the townsfolk. A boy (Vidal Peterson) and his father (Jason Robards), the town librarian, figure out what’s going on and challenge Mr. Dark. Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury.

I have a copy of this film in my personal library.


Now is the time to choose your next adventure, scary movie edition! What should I watch next? You decide!

The poll will stay open through this week, and I will reveal the winner on next Wednesday’s post. I will then analyze the winning film in a post the following Wednesday after that.

Browse through all my posts tagged “reader poll” if you’re interested in past reader polls.

Video recording for ‘Shush-ers, Spinsters & Sirens: Exploring Librarians in Film’ presentation

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I presented about reel librarians at my college a few weeks ago as part of our “Library Lunchtime Lecture” series. My talk was filmed by our Media Services staff, and they’ve uploaded it to our college’s YouTube channel. So if you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), you can finally put a voice to the words I write every week on this blog. 😉

Shush-ers, Spinsters & Sirens: Exploring Librarians in Film

Check it out below:

Shush-ers, Spinsters & Sirens: Exploring Librarians in Film (5708140 Melissa Adams),” uploaded by TCC Multimedia, Standard YouTube License

Please note that this recording does not include captions.

The camera operator kept the camera pretty close (to protect students’ privacy), and I wore a mic (which I promptly forgot about, so there are times when I hit the mic that was pinned to my denim jacket, sorry). The room was full, so there were 40-50 people present in total, including one entire class of students. The energetic vibe in the room on the day isn’t all that evident in the video recording (especially because you can’t hear anyone else!), but it was a really fun program to present!

Presentation timeline

  • Introduction:  My intro lasts the first 17 minutes of the recording
  • Film clips:  The bulk of my presentation, including a majority of the brief film clips, start from 17 minutes in and last through the 48-minute mark.
  • Audience Q&A:  The questions start around the 48-minute mark and last through the final 1 hour, 2 minute duration of the video
    • I forgot to verbally restate the questions during the program for the benefit of the recording, so I’ve summarized the questions below and their approximate start times in the video:
      • What got you started in this research and your undergraduate honors thesis? [48:40]
      • What has been the greatest change in librarianship that you’ve experienced personally, things you didn’t know about librarianship until you became a librarian? [50:15]
      • Do you think you would have chosen librarianship if your mother hadn’t been a librarian? [52:10]
      • What is the reaction from other librarians when you present on this topic at librarian conferences? Is it well-received? Do they see the value in this research? [53:45]
      • What are some indicators of what it takes to be a librarian (in case some students present are interested in librarianship)? [56:00]
      • Have more recent films included more positive portrayals of librarians? [58:00]
      • Is there more diversity in librarianship itself? Or is art imitating life? [59:00]
      • From your personal experiences, do you have concerns about the profession or where it’s headed? [1:00:00]

Continuing the conversation

Let’s continue the conversation! Please share any additional questions you’d like to know about my reel librarians research, and/or share anything you found particularly interesting in the video.

And if you actually did watch the video all the way through, then five gold stars for you! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reel librarians crossword challenge

A couple of weeks ago, I presented about reel librarians at my college as part of our “Library Lunchtime Lecture” series. I’m hoping to include a link to the program next week (fingers crossed!), as the program was filmed by our Media Services. Stay tuned…

… and in the meantime, I am sharing the crossword puzzle I created for the program as a takeaway. Below is an excerpt from the puzzle:

Reel Librarians Crossword Challenge

Click image to view/download/print the “Reel Librarians Crossword Challenge”

Click here to view and download the crossword for yourself — and hint, the answers are at the bottom of the second page! 😉

And after I put my own crossword together, I realized that I had written back in 2012 about a “Libraries in the Movies” crossword puzzle I had picked up years before at a Wisconsin Library Association conference. So once you’ve taken my crossword puzzle, challenge yourself with that one, too! If you click the link in this paragraph or the image below, you will see I’ve attached the files for the “Libraries in the Movies” puzzle and answer key in the 2012 blog post.

WLA "Libraries in the Movies" crossword puzzle

Click this image to view the WLA “Libraries in the Movies” crossword puzzle

Enjoy all the reel librarian trivia and puzzles! 😀

Reader poll winner, spring 2018

The votes for the most recent reader poll are in… and the surprise winner is Ask the Dust! The 2006 film starring Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell had a come-from-behind victory today, during the last day that the poll was open, and the other two films, Autumn in New York and A Bird of the Air were tied only yesterday. Very dramatic finish!

Screenshot of reader poll spring 2018

Ask the Dust? Ask me next week!

So I will be watching and analyzing Ask the Dust this week via our Amazon Prime subscription, and next week I will be back with a film analysis post — stay tuned!

Ask The Dust – Trailer,” uploaded by YouTube Movies, Standard YouTube License

Past reader poll winners

In the meantime, if you’d like to peruse previous reader poll winners, check out them out below: