In the Library: 10 Books and Movies to Celebrate National Library Week

This week is National Library week. Not quite as awesome as National Grilled Cheese month, but significantly better than National Tax Day. To celebrate, here’s a list of ten books and movies that have some connection to libraries. Enjoy!

GhostbustersregrepGhostbusters:The opening scene of this classic 80s flick plays out in the New York Public Library, and the first ghost the intrepid paranormal investigators encounter is the disembodied spirit of a librarian. What’s not to like?

Possession by A.S. Byatt: As a pair of young scholars research the lives of two Victorian poets, they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire, from spiritualist séances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany. What emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passion and ideas.

The Dewey Decimal System of Love by Josephine Carr: Is it silly? Yes, absolutely. But if you are looking for a silly romance set in a library, well, here it is. Ally is a 40 year-old reference librarian with a 15 year romantic drought. She falls hard for a dashing orchestra conductor who doesn’t even know she’s alive. Hijinks ensue.

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians: On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry receives a bag of sand which is immediately stolen by the evil Librarians who are trying to take over the world, and Alcatraz is introduced to his grandfather and his own special talent, and told that he must use it to save civilization.

content.chilifreshThe Borrower by Rebecca Makkai: When her favorite patron, a book-loving ten-year-old, runs away from overbearing parents who force him to attend anti-gay classes with a celebrity pastor, children’s librarian Lucy Hull flees with the boy and discovers that they are being pursued by an anonymous adversary.

The Breakfast Club: Another 80s classic flick finds six errant high school students spending their Saturday in detention in the school library. The jock, the brain, the criminal, the princess and the kook clash and then bond as they get to know the real people behind the stereotypes.

The Grand Complication by Allen Kurzwell: This is the story of Alex Short, a neurotic reference librarian at an unnamed New York library that sounds a lot like the NY Public. Alex is obsessed with writing, so much so that he has a notebook attached to him via a “girdle” at all times. When an eccentric millionaire requests Alex’s help to identify a missing artifact from a curio cabinet he recently purchased, Alex must wade through a mystery and mend the pieces of his broken marriage.

content.chilifresh-1The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla D. Morris: Melvin discovers that the public library is the place where he can find just about anything–including three librarians who help in his quest for knowledge.

How to Live Forever by Colin Thompson: Every night for two years Peter searches in the library for the lost book on how to live forever; when he finds it, he makes an important decision.

Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck: Fourteen-year-old Eleanor “Peewee” McGrath, a tomboy and automobile enthusiast, discovers new possibilities for her future after the 1914 arrival in her small Indiana town of four young librarians.


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