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The Hollywood Librarian at the PPL

The strong feelings that Rhode Islanders place in their public libraries explains the level of intensity around several years of controversy involving the Providence Public Library, the mothership for the state.

Now, just in time for Banned Books Week, the PPL will offer two screenings of The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film, a documentary. You can see the trailer here.

About the Film

The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians through Film was completed in May 2007, and had its red-carpet premiere at the American Library Association annual conference in Washington, DC on June 22, 2007 to over 4,000 librarians and friends. This is the first movie on the subject of the real lives and actual work of U.S. librarians. Using the “hook” of Hollywood motion picture clips, it introduces the audience to all kinds of librarians: school and children’s librarians, special librarians, academic librarians, library educators and graduate students, a cataloger, and public librarians. Beginning with the history of information organization – Hypatia and the Library of Alexandria – the film touches on Andrew Carnegie, Melvil Dewey, and early women library professionals. Moving into the 21st century, this documentary gives audiences the chance to peer into the world of librarians: the skills and passion it takes, the challenges of book censorship, and most of all, the pressures of declining library funding.

The screenings will take place this Saturday, September 29, at 2:30 pm at the PPL, 150 Empire St., and Thursday, October 4, at 7 pm at the Rochambeau branch, 708 Hope St. Tickets are $8 f0r adults, $5 for children (over 6) and seniors.

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