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June 14, 2010

The Librarian

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Over the weekend, I caught part of a marathon of “The Librarian” movies starring Noah Wylie, the hunky doctor from ER.

The three movies in the series (Quest for the Spear, Return to King Solomon’s Mine, Curse of the Judas Chalice) were filmed for the TNT network but are available on DVD.  They are take-offs on the popular Indiana Jones “Raiders of the Lost Ark” movies and feature Finn Carsen, a geeky librarian with multiple degrees who seems to knows lots of  of trivial and arcane information but isn’t so adept when it comes to personal relationships. Carsen is employed by the Metropolitan library under the supervision of Jane Curtin and Bob Newhart.  The Metropolitan Library is not your typical public library; it houses history’s most mythic artifacts, including the Ark of the Covenant, Pandora’s Box, and the sword Excalibur.  As “THE librarian”, Carsen’s job takes him around the world to unearth and protect even  more precious artifacts.

In some ways, the movies pokes fun at  stereotypes of librarians but in others, they  bring glamor to the position.  Carsen may be full of seemingly useless information, but like MacGyver, he always comes up with a last-minute solution to save the day using his endless knowledge.  Brains triumph over brawn! The movies are filled with literary and historical references.   “Being a librarian is actually a cool job.”  says Carsen.

All three movies are family-friendly and available to borrow through the MidYork Library System.    What a great way to spend time on a rainy weekend or long car trip!

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