Friday, March 16, 2012

Case Study No. 0303: The L-Team

L-Team Director's Cut
Have a Reference Question? Ask the L-Team!
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[old black and white footage of librarians is shown as the unseen narrator begins speaking]
ROB GROTE: Ten years ago, a group of bibliophiles was sent to library school for being over-inquisitive. They promptly escaped to the Williamstown underground, where they survived as librarians of fortune. If you have a reference question, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire ... the L-Team!
["The L-Team" appears on screen, then the camera focuses on the wheels of a bookcart before random scenes of various Williams College librarians are shown to the sound of "The A-Team" theme song]

Dave "Hannibal" Pilachowski
Nick Baker
Christine Menard
Rebecca Ohm
Lori DuBois
Walter Komorowski
Helena Warburg
Jodi "PA" Psoter

[cut back to the book cart, as it hits a book on the floor and turns over]

Got a Research Question?
Ask the L-Team!



L-Team Wins Award
Published April 19th, 2007

Nick Baker of Williams College Libraries has received an InfoTubey Award for The L-Team, a library promotional video.

Baker received the award at the Computers In Libraries 2007 conference this week in Washington, D.C. The honor is given by Information Today for "excellence in library YouTube productions." Bill Spence, CTO of Information Today, presented the award.

The video depicts the public service librarians of Williams College as a band of bibliophiles who "escaped to the Williamstown underground" and survive as "librarians of fortune."

The video is an homage to the opening credits of "The A-Team," an action-adventure television series that ran from 1983 through 1986 on NBC.



Interview: Nick Baker - The L Team
An email interview with the creator of the L-Team.

BRIER: Where did you get the idea for this video?
BAKER: The L-Team was done for Library Week [2007] with the help of my colleagues. I was a child of the 80s, so that's where the A-Team spoof idea came from.
BRIER: How long did the L-Team take to make?
BAKER: The L-Team was done on work time, about two hours of shooting my colleagues (trying to get them to smile) and then a few hours each on the titles, music, narration, etc. Probably about 16 hours total. In general, when people ask how much time it takes, I say that a minute of screen time is a full day's work (8 hours).
BRIER: How much did this video cost to make?
BAKER: Nothing but time. I shot them on my digital camera (a Canon Powershot 600 digital elf) and edited them with iMovie on a Mac Powerbook I borrowed from the Systems department. I used free Audacity software to mix the soundtrack.
BRIER: What has been the reaction to the video?
BAKER: Very positive! I've been recognized at conferences (Computers in Libraries 2007) and asked to speak about library videos (Internet Librarian 2007). On campus, I think it's raised the profile of the librarians and made us seem more relevant, but it's just an impression.
BRIER: To what extent has the video impacted library services or ideas about the library or both?
BAKER: The idea was to make the librarians seem more approachable and human - showcase our sense of humor. It's the sort of image thing that's hard to measure, but from the feedback we've gotten. I think it's working. I'm not sure it's changed library services all that much.
BRIER: What were the most challenging aspects about making the L-Team?
BAKER: Getting my colleagues to smile.
BRIER: What advice would you give aspiring library video directors if they are considering making a video about their library or services?
BAKER: Don't be afraid to fail. We've made several videos, and they haven't all been successes. I felt just as good about the hits as I did about the misses, so it's important to put all your ideas out there to see what sticks.
BRIER: Are you considering making any new videos? If so, what do you have on tap?
BAKER: We've got a couple planned on library etiquette and on fun things to do in the library (sardines) but with the start of the term it's on hold for a while. We also did a film- noir style video for the first year student orientation that was a hit.

Case Study No. 0302: Mike (student library worker) and Miss MacMinn

School'd - Library
Parody of MTV's Punk'd, shot in our high school. In this episode, we planted library books in people's book bags, and got them in trouble when the alarm went off.
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Red Room Studios
A Tay2 Production

Episode 3

[scene opens with a black and white shot of the host speaking directly to the camera]
WILL: Don't mess with my style, B!
[cut to another shot of Will]
WILL: At Providence, we don't actually have a problem with book stealing ...
[cut to another shot of Will]
WILL: They wanna use those five thousand dollar monitors they got out there ...
[cut to another shot of Will]
WILL: We got Miss MacMinn and Mike helping us out.
[cut to a shot of Mike, then back to Will holding up an earpiece]
WILL: I'm gonna be telling Mike exactly what to say through these things.
[cut to another shot of Will]
WILL: Well, today we got Martin. We got Jason, we got John, we got Daniel. They're all gonna be distractions.
[cut to another shot of Will]
WILL: What we want them to do is distract them while I put the books in their bookbags.
[cut to another shot of Will]
WILL: Alright, then we got the distractors down, we go grab their bookbags to "change locations" out in the hallway. That's why they're gonna be going out in the hallway, that's why they're gonna be busted!
[cut to another shot of Will]
WILL: It's gonna be a fine, five dollars a book!
[cut to another shot of Will]
WILL: So when they walk through that sensor, "Beep beep beep!" It's gonna go off, baby!
["School'd" appears on screen, then cut to Will in the Providence High School (Charlotte NC) Media Center holding up books and speaking directly to the camera]
WILL: She's gonna be checking out "Space, the Battleground of the Future."
[cut to someone distracting a female student so that he can put the books in her bookbag, then she tries to leave but the alarm goes off as Mike (the student library worker) is sitting at the front desk]
MIKE: Hey!
[she comes back in, then cut to Will sitting at a nearby table speaking into Mike's earpiece]
WILL: Say "We need to search your bookbag!"
[cut back to Mike at the front desk]
MIKE: Um, we're gonna need to search your bookbag to see if there's a book in your bag.
[she opens it up, and he finds the book]
MIKE: Do you have any other surprises in here?
STUDENT 1: Umm, no.
MIKE: Which one? Did you check any of these out?
STUDENT 1: No ... [laughs nervously]
[cut to Will stifling a laugh, as Mike takes another book out of her bag]
MIKE: Are you interested in Fighter Combat?
STUDENT 1: Definitely those are not mine ... no. [laughs]
MIKE: You know, taking books is very serious.
STUDENT 1: [laughs]
MIKE: There's a pretty big fine, and you have to pay it up front. It's five dollars a book.
STUDENT 1: I don't even have five bucks.
MIKE: You don't have five bucks?
FEMALE LIBRARY WORKER: I'll go get the librarian.
STUDENT 1: Well, I didn't take 'em, so ...
MIKE: Well, if you don't have five dollars, you have to ... Mister Matthews always tells us that you have to work after school. Y'know, like, trash pickup in the rooms, you have to clean like the entire building. Stuff like that.
STUDENT 1: Um ... [laughs]
FEMALE LIBRARY WORKER: This is a serious thing, so I don't know why you're laughing.
STUDENT 1: I don't know, I didn't take them! It's not my fault!
FEMALE LIBRARY WORKER: It's not your fault they were in your bag?
[she picks up one of the books]
STUDENT 1: Do I look like the kinda person that wants to read, like ...
MIKE: Taking books from the library--
STUDENT 1: I didn't take 'em ... [laughs]
[Will gets up and stands behind the student]
STUDENT 1: I'll check 'em out now! [laughs]
WILL: Hey, guess what? You're actually on our hidden camera show ...
[he points to the camera behind the desk]
STUDENT 1: Oh, good! [laughs]
WILL: I've been telling him what to say this whole time.
STUDENT 1: Mmm ...
["School'd" appears on screen, then cut to Will in the library speaking directly to the camera]
WILL: Here we go, hope this works.
[cut to Will looking through a stack of books]
WILL: So we got "Straight Talk About Drinking, Teenagers Speak Out About Alcohol" ... He's gonna be checking that one out without knowing it.
[he holds up the other books]
WILL: "Heroin Addiction" ... "Deaf Like Me." And "Crack, the New Drug Epidemic."
[cut to someone distracting a male football player so that he can put the books in his bookbag, then he tries to leave]
MIKE: You guys have a nice day.
[he tries to leave, but the alarm goes off again]
MIKE: Oh, wait a minute ... Hold up.
STUDENT 2: What's going on?
MIKE: Hold on.
STUDENT 2: What's going on?
[the female librarian approaches]
LIBRARIAN: Please come back in. Come back in.
MIKE: Yeah ... Here, just walk through.
LIBRARIAN: All the way back in. All the way back in.
[the football player and his friends put their backpacks on the table]
MIKE: Alright, are we sure that's it?
LIBRARIAN: Let's see the bookbags.
MIKE: You can just put 'em on here.
[he finds the books]
MIKE: Hold on ... He was hiding it under the clothes?
[he holds up one of the books]
MIKE: "Straight Talk About Drinking?"
LIBRARIAN: Oh, let me see.
MIKE: I don't wanna embarrass you, but do you have, like, a problem or something?
LIBRARIAN: Is there anything else?
MIKE: Is there anything else?
[he continues looking through the bag]
MIKE: Check to see if there's like, any drugs in there or something ... Seriously.
LIBRARIAN: Alright, you gotta check these out ...
MIKE: You got some booze in here, buddy?
LIBRARIAN: You gotta check it out.
MIKE: Wait, aren't we gonna enforce the five dollar fine? Because usually, we got a five-dollar fine if you steal books! I mean, this is serious!
LIBRARIAN: It is ... This is a media center. These are school resources.
STUDENT 3: You can't steal books here ... [laughs]
MIKE: I don't know why everybody's laughing, but ... I mean, I take this job very seriously. Alright? This is a five-dollar fine, you tried to steal this book!
STUDENT 2: [laughs]
MIKE: I ... That's affecting me, it's affecting her, and her.
LIBRARIAN: All of the students are affected.
MIKE: I mean, you're just trying to steal from the school, it's only hurting you.
LIBRARIAN: Well, let's come into the office and work this out.
STUDENT 2: Alright.
[cut to everyone inside the librarian's office]
MIKE: Alright, so ... do you wanna pay the five dollar fine now, or--
[cut to another shot of everyone in the office]
LIBRARIAN: Any punishment recommendations?
MIKE: Either a five dollar fine or an after school detention.
JASON: If I had my way, I'd suspend him.
[cut to everyone standing in the hallway, as Will approaches]
WILL: Wait, do you know what?
STUDENT 2: What?
WILL: You're on the new TV show, it's called "School'd" ... You just got "School'd"!
[everyone laughs, as Will takes his detention notice and tears it in half]
WILL: See this? Rip it up, it doesn't matter ...
[cut to the football player laughing it up with his friends, when Will holds up a book]
WILL: Wait ... Do you have a problem with teenage drinking?
[everyone laughs]
WILL: Thanks man ...
[they try to bring the book back into the library, which causes the alarm to go off again, sending everyone into hysterics]

Case Study No. 0301: Jen Frazier

AFTER TWILIGHT Trailer (Short)
This is the trailer for our short version of AFTER TWILIGHT. Bookish Jen Frazier seems an unlikely choice to be a freedom fighter, but when a theocratic new order occupies the state of Texas, Jen is pushed into action carrying contraband for the underground. A surprise raid by the religious police shows Jen just how dangerous it
can be to fight a state with 'God on its side.'
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["The Novice" appears on screen, as black and white footage of a young female librarian is shown]
GOLDMAN: [from off camera] Why do they keep sending pretty young girls?
["The Expert" appears on screen, as an old man is shown speaking to Jen]
GOLDMAN: This is dangerous business!
["The Cop" appears on screen, as several police officers are shown beating Goldman before the scene changes to an officer interrogating him]
SGT. STREETMAN: We know the little girl is here ...
GOLDMAN: Just little girls and old men ... trying to make a quota!
[cut to Jen carrying a package and entering a cab]
JEN: Go!
[more footage from the film is shown]

Christine Auten
Don Hampton
Laurie Scott

After Twilight



The Lone Star State is in a bloody war with the United States to become a separate fundamentalist Christian nation. A sinister force of religious policemen led by the brutal Sgt.Streetman carries sinners off to redemption campes for salvation...if they survive. Young librarian Jen Frazier really wants to be invisible to the oppressive religious government that has taken over Texas where reason is outlawed and blind faith rules! But Jen's plan to isolate herself from the madness surrounding her is thwarted by her vivacious and high-spirited younger sister, Zoe, who embraces the underground resistance. When Zoe is captured by the religious extremists and dragg to Camp Purity, a hellhole of Old Testament punishments and torture, Jen is pulled into the dark and dangerous world of The Underground, liberators, witnesses, scribes and apparitors. Once forced to confront the theocracy in a fierce, face-to-face battle, a defiant Jen will find out just how dangerous it is to fight a state with God on its side.

AFTER TWILIGHT is not an anti-faith story nor is it an anti-Christian story. It shines a spotlight on a disturbing extremism and intolerance that is growing today in our society. When church and state are combined, both are corrupted and neith fulfills its purpose.



Running time 34 min (approx.)
35mm Black & White
Widescreen Letterbox

Bookish Jen Frazier seems an unlikely choice to be a freedom fighter, but when a theocratic new order occupies the state of Texas, Jen is pushed into action carrying contraband for the underground.

In the backroom of a closed antique shop Goldman, the proprietor, charges Jen with the task of delivering a mysterious package to an unnamed underground. But before Goldman can finish his instructions, the Apparitors (religious police) led by Sgt. Streetman raid the shop. Jen hides and escapes capture, but the police seize Goldman, and beat him to death for resisting arrest.

In spite of the danger, and driven by a desire to "Make up for something I didn't do ... " Jen decides to deliver the package to her contact. When she tries to return home, Jen is pursued by Sgt. Streetman, and flees into the night, leaving her normal life forever behind her.

At the appointed hour, Jen arrives to deliver the package to her contact. When the contact appears, the secret agents of the church, the Seraphim, quickly subdue him. Jen avoids capture only because the occupants of a mysterious white van snatch her off the street.

Not knowing who her captors are, and remembering Goldman's admonition to "Trust no one, no one at all", Jen escapes their grasp and is once again pursued on the streets of Houston as a wanted "person of interest".

While hiding in a burned out studio, Jen meets Shad the artist, and hears his tale of torture and oppression at the hands of the theocracy. Shad also happens to be a member of the underground organization led by "Jessie the Liberator", the same organization that had previously pulled Jen off the street. Against her will, Jen is drawn into the underground network of interfaith freedom fighters led by The Liberator.

Deep under the city streets, Jen meets the core of "witnesses" led by Jessie, and begins to grasp the full extent of the resistance forming against the theocratic order represented by Sgt. Streetman.

Jen strikes a bargain with Jessie to insure the package is delivered into the hands of its intended recipients. In so doing, Jen makes the ultimate sacrifice and the contents of the mysterious package are revealed to the audience.

Saying any more, including which character is the librarian, would spoil your viewing of the film.

"After Twilight" is a cautionary tale of the near future delivered in the form of a classic film noir thriller. The film's central theme is the inherent dangers of combining religion with politics and the inevitable corruption of both.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Case Study No. 0300: Casey Porterfield

Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island (Part 5) - Casey
A video walkthrough of "Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island". In this section, I tell a HORRIBLE PUN while finishing Holt's Seamanship quiz. This involves looking stuff up on the computer, and exploring near the lighthouse to find a male dungeness crab. At the lighthouse, I find a piece of wood from a shipwreck (which becomes important later). Holt gives us a GPS for passing his exam, and we kayak until we find a message in a bottle. Then we call Casey at the Maritime Library about the shipwreck. He wants us to take a wood sample. Then we visit Whale World, where Andy tells us a little about the message in the bottle. He sends us to the Hot Kettle Cafe, where Jenna tells us all about Hilda Swenson, the "crazy" ex-mayor who sends the messages in bottles.
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[Nancy Drew visits Katie's boat to ask about a clue]
KATIE: What's up?
NANCY: I found this piece of wood on the beach. There's something strange about it.
KATIE: What do you mean? Let's see it.
[cut to Katie holding the piece of wood]
KATIE: Ouch! Those splinters are sharp!
[cut back to a closeup shot of Katie]
KATIE: That is odd. It looks like it's been in the water a long time, but if that were the case, those edges would be dull. That looks like it broke off of something just recently.
NANCY: That's exactly what I was thinking. Any idea where it came from?
KATIE: Could be off a cargo ship, I guess. But you know who you should ask? Casey Porterfield. He works at the Maritime Library in Port Townsend. You should give him a call. His number's 360-555-3095. He loves checking out stuff like this.
NANCY: See you in a bit.
KATIE: Be careful out there.
[Nancy takes out her cellphone and calls the librarian ("PORTERFIELD, CASEY 1-360-555-3095"), as the voice of an older man answers]
CASEY: [from off camera] Maritime Library. This is Casey.
NANCY: Hi, my name is Nancy Drew. Katie Firestone suggested I give you a call?
CASEY: [from off camera] Katie who?
NANCY: Katie Firestone?
CASEY: [from off camera] Never heard of her.
CASEY: [from off camera] I know a marine biologist named Katie Firestone.
NANCY: Yes, that's her. I'm staying with her here in Snake Horse Harbor.
CASEY: [from off camera] Oh. Well, then, what can I do for ya?
NANCY: She said you might be able to help me identify the ship that this piece of plywood I found on the beach came from.
CASEY: [from off camera] How do you know it came from a ship?
NANCY: Because it says "S.S." on it. The rest of the name is missing.
CASEY: [from off camera] Doesn't mean anything. Now if it said "S.S." - which stands for "steamship" - that'd be different.
NANCY: Uh, actually, that is what it says.
CASEY: [from off camera] Oh. Well, then, it came from a ship. Or should I say, shipwreck. What kind of wood is it?
NANCY: I don't know ... old?
CASEY: [from off camera] Ha ha ha! Sorry, for a second there, I thought you said "old."
NANCY: Actually, uh, that is what I said.
CASEY: [from off camera] You're about as much use as a beanie in a hurricane. Look, if you want me to tell you what shipwreck that wood came from, you're gonna have to tell me what kinda wood it is.
NANCY: But I have no idea.
CASEY: [from off camera] Well, you just get yourself a book on wood and figure it out. Maybe Katie has one. Soon as you do, call me back. I love checking out stuff like this.
[he hangs up]


[Nancy returns to Katie's boat (which had been ransacked by unknown assailants) and finds all of her books on the floor and out of order]
NANCY: [yelling to Katie at the other end of the boat] Apparently our saboteur took all the books out of the drawer up here. Must've been looking for something. Want me to put them away?
KATIE: [from off camera] If you could put them back in the drawer for me, that would be awesome.
[she opens the empty drawer]
NANCY: [to herself] Okay. What's the best way to get all these in here with no space left over?
[Nancy neatly puts away all the books, then pulls out a copy of "Arboreal Morphology" by Irina Predoviciu, PhD.]

Intended Audience
Scientists and researchers versant in fundamental botanical conventions who are interested in understanding more complex morphological issues of higher-order, vascular perennial vegetation will find this book to be an indispensable reference.
A variety of topics will be covered such as metabolic functionality of parenchyma cells, extractive inductance, microscopic tracheid analyses including dentae ray and narrow ray forms as well as epitehlial growth patterns.
Advanced techniques in microtome surfacing and macrophotography will also be addressed.

NANCY: [to herself] "Complex morphological issues"? "Microscopic tracheid analyses"? "Microtome surfacing"?
[she looks at the "About the Author" section, which has a picture of a young female botanist]

Dr. Predoviciu is the assistant director of the National Wood Laboratory located in Crivitz, Wisconsin.
She holds a doctorate in botany from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and has worked as a consultant for a variety of organizations including The Timber and Wood Association of Greater Manhasset and the Federation of Lumberjacks.
She is host of Wisconsin's favorite radio program, "What Wood Am I?" and offers free consultations on wood identification (www.predoviciu.lab/ consult.htm)
Published by the National Wood Laboratory; Crivitz, Wisconsin 715-555-9663

NANCY: [to herself] Oh, I don't know if this book is for me, but maybe if I give Doctor Predoviciu a call, she can help me out ...
[she takes out her cellphone and calls the doctor ("PREDOVICIU, DR. 1-715-555-9663"), as the voice of a woman with a Russian accent answers]
IRINA: [from off camera] This is Doctor Predoviciu.
NANCY: Hi, my name is Nancy Drew and I'd like some help identifying this piece of wood I found.
IRINA: [from off camera] I'd be happy to assist. Do you have our mailing address?
NANCY: Well, that's the problem. I don't have time to send it to you. Would it be possible to identify it over the phone?
IRINA: [from off camera] Certainly ... Just hold it up to the phone for a couple of seconds and I'll take a reading.
[Nancy says nothing]
IRINA: [from off camera] I'm kidding, of course. I usually don't do this over the phone, but I'll give it a try. You will, however, need to take a look at your sample under a microscope.
NANCY: Oops, I better go do that. I'll call you right back!
[she hangs up, then uses Katie's microscope]
NANCY: [to herself] One slice of wood. One glass slide ... There! This is gonna look so cool under the microscope. Let's have a look.
[she looks at the wood sample under the microscope, then calls the doctor back]
IRINA: [from off camera] Irina Predoviciu speaking.
NANCY: Hi, this is Nancy Drew again. I've got the sample all ready.
IRINA: [from off camera] All right, we'll get started. Where did you find this wood?
NANCY: It's a piece of driftwood, probably used for a crate.
IRINA: [from off camera] Is the wood sample black, brown, or yellow?
NANCY: Brownish.
IRINA: [from off camera] Brown-brown or brown-reddish?
NANCY: Brown-reddish.
IRINA: [from off camera] Does the sample have many holes, just a couple, or none at all?
NANCY: Many.
IRINA: [from off camera] And are there some holes that are big and some that are small, or are they all the same size?
NANCY: They're all the same size.
IRINA: [from off camera] Okay. And the holes are really really tiny, right?
NANCY: No, they're pretty sizable.
IRINA: [from off camera] Then you've got a tropical hardwood. I was assuming the sample was a North American wood ... All right. Are there any distinguishable horizontal lines on the sample?
NANCY: Yes, there are horizontal lines.
IRINA: [from off camera] If this wood is used for crating, then it's probably Luan. It's fairly common in plywood, but it's a rainforest timber so it's declining in popularity.
NANCY: Luan, all right! Thanks for your help!
IRINA: [from off camera] Glad to have been of service.
[she hangs up, then calls the librarian]
CASEY: [from off camera] Maritime Library. This is Casey.
NANCY: Hi, this is Nancy Drew. I called before, about the driftwood?
CASEY: [from off camera] Never heard'a ya. Now if you'da said Nancy Drew ...
NANCY: Yes, that's me, Nancy Drew ... Katie Firestone's friend!
CASEY: [from off camera] So, what kind of wood are we talking about here, Nancy?
NANCY: Luan.
CASEY: [from off camera] Well, if that driftwood did come from a cargo container that's part of a shipwreck, there's a good chance I can figure out which one. Call me back in an hour or so.
NANCY: You can identify a ship by what its cargo containers are made out of?
CASEY: [from off camera] Ever since the hobo spider got into the US by laying eggs in the wood crating of ships coming from Europe, the feds've made sure that cargo ships keep real careful records. 'Course, I'll be taking things like tides, currents, weather conditions, proximity to Snake House Harbor ... I'll be taking all those factors into consideration, too.
NANCY: I really appreciate you're doing this for me, Casey.
CASEY: [from off camera] And well you should!


[Nancy calls back the librarian]
CASEY: [from off camera] Maritime Library. This is Casey.
NANCY: Hi. This is Nancy Drew. Any luck finding what shipwreck that piece of driftwood came from?
CASEY: [from off camera] Sorry, can't talk now. I'm waiting for a real important call from Nancy Drew.
NANCY: Casey, that's me ... I'm Nancy Drew!
CASEY: [from off camera] Oh ... Then I got some good news.
NANCY: You know the name of the shipwreck?
CASEY: [from off camera] The S.S. Whitechapel Dawn. Sank five years ago right there in the channel outside Snake Horse Harbor, 'bout a mile and a half due northwest of the lighthouse.
NANCY: Really?
CASEY: [from off camera] I hear that channel up there's been pretty busy, what with that orphaned whale messing things up for the fishermen and all. Anyway, everything fits except one thing.
NANCY: I knew it was too good to be true.
CASEY: [from off camera] The Whitechapel Dawn went down in deep water. Real deep water. Too deep for currents to be carrying debris up from it. Just not possible.
NANCY: Could a recent storm have churned things up down there?
CASEY: [from off camera] I've been doing this type of research for twenty years, young lady! When I say something's not possible, it's not possible!
NANCY: Yet somehow a piece of wood from it washed ashore ... Was there anything unusual about that ship?
CASEY: [from off camera] It was just a regular old freighter bound for San Francisco from Vancouver, British Columbia. Nothing unusual about it, if you don't count the rumors.
NANCY: What rumors?
CASEY: [from off camera] About the smuggling.
NANCY: The ship was smuggling something?
CASEY: [from off camera] After it sank, some crew members said there was something unusual about the cargo it'd been carrying, that's all. No specifics. Just rumors.
NANCY: How many people went down with the ship?
CASEY: [from off camera] Zero. Everybody managed to survive. Official cause was foul weather, but whenever a boat goes down in those parts, they always unofficially blame it on ... Oh, what do they call that sea serpent up there?
NANCY: Caddy?
CASEY: [from off camera] No thanks ... Caddy! That's what they call it, Caddy! Anyway, this has been fun, young lady, but I need to get back to work. By the way, I just got done emailing you something.
NANCY: What?
CASEY: [from off camera] I said, I just got done emailing you something!
NANCY: Great, thanks ... Well, goodbye Casey.
CASEY: [from off camera] Goodbye, Caddy.
[he hangs up]
NANCY: [pause] I certainly hope he doesn't operate heavy machinery.
[she goes to her computer and checks her email]

Thought You'd Like To See This
I'm kind of a stained glass art freak, and came
across a web page during my travels in
cyberspace that I thought you might find
interesting, since you're staying in Snake
Horse Harbor.
Check out www.bombeck.lab/ examples/royal.htm

[she visits the website "Jacob Bombeck, Glass Artisan" and reads the line "To see some of Jacob Bombeck's best work in its original setting, check out the Hot Kettle Cafe, formerly known as the Royal Flush Saloon, in Snake Horse Harbor on Deception Island, one of the San Juan Islands located in Washington State."]
NANCY: [to herself] The Hot Kettle was originally called the Royal Flush Saloon. Interesting ...



Danger on Deception Island is the ninth installment in the Nancy Drew computer game series (made solely by Her Interactive). It is based on the Nancy Drew book Whispers in the Fog. The game takes place on a real-life location, Deception Island.

When Katie Firestone, a friend of George Fayne, invites Nancy to Deception Island for a whale-watching excursion, the sleuth arrives to find Katie's tour boat heavily vandalized. A threatening note was left behind that warns Katie to "stop meddling". Katie requests that Nancy not contact the sheriff. Nancy then begins to investigate, and, after hearing many opinions from the three other characters in the game, learns about the orca that has recently shown up in the channel on the island. The townspeople are have constantly been in argument with each other since the orphaned orca showed up as to what to do about it, or if to do anything at all. Nancy has the opportunity to visit a local cafe and try the clam chowder, visit the whale museum and play for a chance at a free whale watch, investigate an abandoned lighthouse, explore sea caves, and in her free time, build sand castles on the beach. She also discovers something sinister that has been plaguing Deception Island for generations...and will require the help of one of its most legendary and eccentric past citizens to solve the mystery.



* Nancy Drew -- Lani Minella
* Bess Marvin -- Alisa Murray
* George Fayne -- Jena Cane
* Frank Hardy -- Wayne Rawley
* Joe Hardy -- Rob Jones
* Katie Firestone -- Shelley McIntyre
* Jenna Deblin -- Amy Augustine
* Andy Jason/Casey Porterfield -- Jonah von Spreecken
* Holt Scotto -- Richard Stein
* Wood Expert -- Julie Rawley
* Hilda Swenson -- Shannon Kipp



"Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island" (PC)

Nancy Drew is on her way to Deception Island, one of the San Juan Islands. The vacation was arranged by George and Bess. The cell phone is in inventory.

Nancy is met at the Snake Horse Harbor Dock by Katie Firestone, a Marine Biologist that researches deep water parasitic growth and who also runs a whale watching boat tour.


Katie's boat: Talk to Katie about Holt and Jenna. As her about the wood and she recommends to contact Casey Porterfield at the Maritime Library.

Wood sample puzzle: Use the phone while on the dock and call Casey. Click on phone, click directory to find Casey's number and then click on dial. Have a weird conversation. He wants to know what kind of wood it is.

Go the book drawer you arranged and look up Arboreal Morphology. Call Dr. Predoviciu whose number is at the back of the book. Talk to her and she needs to have the description of the wood under the microscope.

Microscope: Click on the blade to get a slice of wood on the table. Click on glass slide to place the wood on the slide. Click on wood on glass slide and then look at wood under the microscope. Call Dr Predoviciu.

The answers to her questions are: Brown, brown-reddish, many holes, same size, pretty sizable - she then comments that it is a tropical hardwood. There are horizontal lines. The wood is Luan.

Call Casey. Tell him Luan. He says to call him in an hour.


Casey: It's time to get an update on the wood we had Casey check on. Use the phone and call Casey by scrolling the directory using the arrows. The wood came from the SS Whitechapel Dawn that sank in the deep part of the channel 5 years ago - about a mile and half from the lighthouse. He sent you an e-mail.

Casey's mail: Use the computer and read Casey's e-mail. He wants you to check out www.bombeck.lab/ examples/royal.htm. Check the site using the search function of the DI portal. Find out that the Hot Kettle Cafe was formerly the Royal Flush Saloon.

Case Study No. 0299: Sindy Lange

Roxy Anne , Sindy Lange , Mikey Butders in My First Sex Teacher
Roxy Anne , Sindy Lange , Mikey Butders in My First Sex Teacher
Tags: Roxy Anne Sindy Lange
Added: 6 months ago
From: ClaudiaSallywcc
Views: 655

My First Sex Teacher
Directed by Brett Brando

[scene opens with student Mikey Butders sitting in Professor Roxy Anne's classroom]
PROFESSOR: [holds up paper] Mikey, is this your research paper?
MIKEY BUTDERS: It sure is! Pretty good, isn't it?
PROFESSOR: Your resources ... They're ridiculous!
MIKEY BUTDERS: Ridiculous? Well, they're completely legit! I mean, what's wrong with the paper? It's flawless!
PROFESSOR: [holds up a book] Hello? It's the "San Bernadino Diet"?
PROFESSOR: [holds up another book] "I'm OK, You're Shit"?
MIKEY BUTDERS: Oh, that's a good one right there, Professor Anne!
PROFESSOR: Who helped you with this paper?
MIKEY BUTDERS: Uh well, y'know, I went down to the library and ... uh, Miss Lange, the librarian, was very helpful with the paper.
PROFESSOR: Wait a minute, our Miss Lange, here at the university, helped you with this paper?
MIKEY BUTDERS: Yep, Miss Lange. Sure did.
PROFESSOR: [sigh] I'm gonna have to call her right now.
MIKEY BUTDERS: Do what you gotta do ...
[she picks up the phone]
PROFESSOR: Yes hi, can I have the library, please? Yes hi, Miss Lange please ... Yes hi, Miss Lange? Hi, this is Miss Anne. Yes. Uh, I was wondering if you really did help Mikey with his research paper? You did? Okay, can I please have you come down to the classroom as soon as possible? Yes, at once. Thank you.
[she hangs up]
MIKEY BUTDERS: You got her to come down here?
MIKEY BUTDERS: [rubs his hands with glee]
PROFESSOR: We're gonna get to the bottom of this real quick, Mister ...
[cut to Sindy Lange entering the classroom]
MISS LANGE: Yes Professor, what can I do for you?
PROFESSOR: Miss Lange, did you help Mikey with his research paper?
MISS LANGE: [takes off her glasses] Help him?
PROFESSOR: Did you give him these books for his resources?
[she points to the books on her desk]
PROFESSOR: I mean, look at these! These came out of your library?
MIKEY BUTDERS: Very modern library, Misses--
MISS LANGE: Hey, not now ... Well, these did come out of my library, but they're not for everybody. I gave these to him for his personal use.
MIKEY BUTDERS: She gave them to me as a--
MISS LANGE: Not now! I gave them to him for his personal use, not ... I didn't think he was gonna write a report.
[she looks at Mikey]
MISS LANGE: Are you dumb or something?
PROFESSOR: Wait a minute ... Are you fraternizing with this student, Miss Lange?
MISS LANGE: Hmm, that's not what I would call it.
PROFESSOR: What would you call it?
MISS LANGE: Helping with his research, but--
PROFESSOR: Hmm. Did you know that when we signed onto this university, we signed a contract? No fraternizing with the students.
MISS LANGE: Well technically, I'm just a librarian here. And when I got the job, I didn't sign a contract. So that means, I can fuck whoever I want.
PROFESSOR: Oh really?
MISS LANGE: [to Mikey] You had this planned out the whole time, didn't you?
MIKEY BUTDERS: You're goddamn right I did! Hottest professor in school, hot librarian such as yourself. Every man's dream come true.
PROFESSOR: This is very inappropriate ...
[the two women kiss]



"My First Sex Teacher" (starring Sindy Lange, Roxy Anne, & Mikey Butders)

Professor Roxy Anne calls librarian Sindy Lange into her classroom to ask about the ridiculous help she's been giving Mikey and quickly finds out it's because she's been boning Mikey in the library. Luckily, there's enough of Ms. Lange to go around, so come on, Prof, get in the game.

Case Study No. 0298: Quahog Public Librarian

At the Library
Never used Family Guy scene
Tags: Family guy
Added: 3 years ago
From: DrMacak
Views: 1,666

[Chris and Peter enter the Quahog Public Library]
CHRIS: What's a library, dad?
PETER: It's a place where homeless people go to lose themselves in literature and forget about their refrigerator-box homes and the wretched state of their feet ...
[cut to Peter at the front desk talking to the elderly female librarian]
LIBRARIAN: May I help you?
PETER: [snickers] Um, excuse me. Do you have any of these books?
[he hands her a list, and she begins reading off the titles]
LIBRARIAN: Let's see ... "Silver Dollars" by Hugh Jareolas.
[Peter snickers]
LIBRARIAN: Hugh Jareolas, I don't know that author ... What else? "Stuck Between Her Teeth" by Harry Nutz.
[Peter laughs even louder]
LIBRARIAN: No, don't have that one ... but I do have his first book.
[she hands him a book, then cut to a closeup of the cover which reads "Cup 'Em Gently by Harry Nutz"]
PETER: [confused] Oh ... Th-thanks.



Name: Off the Cutting Room Floor
Release Date: April 25, 2006

A bonus disc included with copies of American Dad! Volume 1, with features relating to Family Guy Volume 3. It includes 24 never-before-released deleted scenes presented in storyboard/animatics format ("Brian's Autograph", "Iron Lung", "At the Library", etc.)



Two animatics included with the episode "Peter Griffin: Husband, Father ... Brother?": "Stewie and the Cheerleaders(:31)," and "At the Library(:42)." Stewie and ... is about Stewie infiltrating the cheerleader ranks. At the Library is more about the library scene with Peter asking the librarian for books by people with funny names (Harry Nutz) and the librarian giving him a Harry Nuts book.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Case Study No. 0297: Staff of Unnamed Library (McDonald's)

McDonald's - Librarian
no description available
Tags: McDonald's; Moroch; Librarian
Added: 2 months ago
From: morochTV
Views: 64

[scene opens inside a library, as a young female librarian (wearing a shawl and glasses attached to a chain around her neck) is sitting at her desk preparing to eat a chicken sandwich from McDonald's, while an older male librarian (balding with a sweater vest and glasses) is shelving books behind her]
LIBRARIAN: [looks up and shushes an unseen unheard patron] Shh!
[she proceeds to take a bite]
NARRATOR: With the bold taste of McDonald's new McChicken sandwiches ... be prepared.
[as dramatic music plays, the librarian gets up and grabs the male librarian, kissing him passionately before stealing his bookcart and riding it off-camera]
[cut to the librarian riding the cart down the hall, reaching out and slapping the behind of a male patron who was bending down to take a drink from the water fountain]
[cut to the librarian riding the cart through the stacks, striking dramatic poses while continuing to eat her chicken sandwich]
NARRATOR: After all ...
[the librarian jumps off the cart, which continues rolling and smashes through a glass wall, landing several stories below (demonstrated by an exterior shot of the "Central Library" sign as the glass shatters) with a loud crash]
NARRATOR: Just because your sandwich is bold, doesn't mean you have to be.
[the librarian looks down at her sandwich, tugs on her shawl, then walks off]
[cut to an old man sitting on a park bench outside, as the book cart rolls past ... so he reaches out, grabs a book (while letting the cart continue to roll past him), and begins to read]
["I'm lovin' it" appears on screen]

Case Study No. 0296: "Librarians are often sexy"

Cursor Miner - Library
The library, the library, it's the place where books are free.
Tags: cursor miner library synthpop RobotSound
Added: 5 years ago
From: nuwavdr
Views: 13,625

[animated video opens with a man playing music on a flute, followed by a number of young children dancing behind him]

Hey kids, there's a really cool place you can be,
It's a lotta fun, yeah, you will see.
You can learn a lot about the world that we
Live in in the public library.

[cut to the man holding a book titled "El Mundo," as the group arrives at the library]

The library, the library, it's a place where books are free.

[a scanner is shown hovering above a book, as "No Sale" appears on a nearby cash register]

The library, the library, it's a lot better than watching TV.

[a man is shown glumly watching television, then he turns his attention to a nearby book and his expression brightens]

There's sections about almost everything,
You'll always find something you're interested in.
Plate tectonics or embroidery,
Michael Portillo or the banyan tree.

[the group continues walking through the stacks, as various words ("Snedge", "Hip Pop", "XXX", etc.) float past them]

The library, the library, it's a place where books are free.
The library, the library, it's a lot better than watching TV.

[the same man continues glumly watching television, when a number of books crash through the screen and pile up all around him]

A lotta successful people agree
Knowledge is something that can set you free.

[a monkey is stuck in a cage, when a book falls in front of him (opening up to a picture of a key next to a stick), so he finds a nearby stick and picks the lock]

So if you want to end up famous like me,
Join your public library.

[after being surrounded by posters of himself and reporters carrying microphones, the flute-playing man gets in a car with the children and (using the library's drive-thru window) picks up a number of books and drives off]

The library, the library, it's a place where books are free.
The library, the library, librarians are often sexy.

[three elderly female librarians (gray hair in buns, thick glasses, etc.) are shown peeking through windows at the library, then they pull down the shades before pulling them back up to reveal they've been transformed into young brunettes - with hearts floating above their heads - saying "Shhh!"]

You'll feel fine at the library ...
You'll feel fine at the library ...
You'll feel fine at the library ...
You'll feel fine at the library ...

[they drive past a "Bridge Out" sign and fall off a cliff, so the flute-playing man presses a button marked "Eject Seat" on the dashboard and starts floating upward (leaving the children in the car) before passing an alien in a UFO playing keyboard]



"The Library" ditty was written, produced, and recorded by British underground electronica producer Cursor Miner and released by Lo Recordings and Uncharted Audio. Animation by Cheeky Beef.

Case Study No. 0295: Daphne and the Library Police

Mad Movies With The L.A. Connection - Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon Part 1 of 2
According to the Internet Movie Database the plotline for this movie is "Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands." Instead The L.A. Connection version has a Librarian hire Sherlock Holmes to track down people that don't return their books to the Library. Starring the greatest Holmes & Watson - Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce. 1943's Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon. Part 1 of 2
Tags: 80's
Added: 1 year ago
From: Generaledger
Views: 1,342

[prior to the start of the movie, host Kent Skov is shown walking through a public library and speaking directly to the camera]
KENT: [whispering] Hi, I'm Kent Skov, and welcome to "Mad Movies with the LA Connection." I'm here at the library looking through several Sherlock Holmes books ...
[he pulls some books off the shelves and blows dust off of them]
KENT: Let's see. Uh, "Hound of the Baskervilles" ... "The Last Adventure of Sherlock Holmes" ... "Sherlock Holmes Meets Larry Holmes" ... And uh, ah! Our movie tonight, "Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon." But as always, we changed the original plot to our own, so we won't need these.
[he rips the pages out of the book]
KENT: Our is about the Library Police. Y'see, people are keeping books past their due date, and the Library Police are called in to restore justice. So in our mad movie, the library can be a pretty scary place ...
[someone gives a loud "Shh!" off-camera]
KENT: Here's the movie ...

The dialogue you are about to hear was written and directed by The L.A. Connection. The original dialogue has not been retained.

[scene opens with a man and woman in an apartment building]
SHERLOCK: So Daphne, you say books aren't being returned to the library, and you want me to find them.
DAPHNE: Yes Sherlock.
SHERLOCK: Because I'm a better detective than Magnum PI? And cheaper than wine?


[Daphne answers the phone, then quickly hangs up]
SHERLOCK: That was the phone, wasn't it?
DAPHNE: Yes, that was my assistant librarian. "The Joy of Sex" is overdue. I know that the last person to check it out was my boyfriend, Doctor Franz Tobel.
SHERLOCK: Did he learn anything from it?
DAPHNE: Not that I could tell ... I know you want to get started, so I'll pay you in advance. Here's three dollars.


[Doctor Tobel and Grandpa Holmes are piling books up]
DR. TOBEL: These are all overdue books?
GRANDPA HOLMES: I have every book ever written, from every library ever built. I owe over 50,000 dollars in fines! Hmm, and I'm proud of it!
DR. TOBEL: Oh, but won't my girlfriend Daphne lose her librarian job?
GRANDPA HOLMES: So what? I've been shushed by so many librarians like her, I almost caught pneumonia from the draft!


[cut to various shots of Kent interviewing people in front of the library]
KENT: [in voice over] We were wondering what the punishment should be for people who keep library books past the due date.
PATRON 1: I'd cut out their eyes so they couldn't read anymore.
PATRON 2: Public flogging.
PATRON 3: I guess you could make 'em wear gum on their nose or something crazy.
PATRON 4: I think you oughta abolish reading altogether.
PATRON 5: I think I'd hit 'em with the book that they checked out.
PATRON 6: Set up a bomb, and have it go off the day it's due or something ... I dunno.
KENT: [from off camera] In the book?
PATRON 6: Yeah.
PATRON 7: I think death, by hanging preferably. In front of the library could be good.
PATRON 8: Oh, I think that's great, because that means they're really reading them.
PATRON 9: Cut off their hands?
PATRON 10: Set 'em on fire.
PATRON 11: [laughs] I have one that's overdue today!


[Daphne and her boyfriend are talking]
DR. TOBEL: Oh, here's a sympathy card, Daphne. I'm sorry you lost your job at the library.
DAPHNE: You hand-delivered it too.
DR. TOBEL: In an envelope.
DAPHNE: Let me deliver this ...
[they kiss]


[Doctor Tobel turns himself in to the Library Police]
DR. TOBEL: I helped steal the books. I'm turning myself in.
POLICEMAN 1: Very good.
POLICEMAN 2: We all knew it was you.
WATSON: Hmmm, not everyone, Holmes here thought he was a pancake salesman!
[Sherlock hits him with his cane off camera]
WATSON: Ow, Holmes!
POLICEMAN 1: So, you're turning state's evidence because you're a changed man.
DR. TOBEL: No, because since my girlfriend lost her job, she won't sleep with me anymore.
POLICEMAN 1: Hmm, what's she look like?
DR. TOBEL: Ehhh, she's big in the hips, but if she can have her job back, I'll help you round up the rest of the gang!
POLICEMAN 1: Hmmm, what do you think, Holmes? Should we let him help us?
POLICEMAN 2: You're the expert, Holmes!
SHERLOCK: Don't ask me, I thought he was a pancake salesman! Ask Smarty Pants Watson!
WATSON: Childish, Holmes, very--
SHERLOCK: Oh shut up!


[Just as Moriarty is about to kill Holmes, Watson and the Library Police burst onto the scene]
POLICEMAN 2: There's the man responsible for stealing all the books!
[he grabs Moriarty, as Watson attends to Holmes (who is tied up on the ground)]
WATSON: Holmes, look at you!
[as he is being led away, Moriarty looks at the policeman]
MORIARTY: [I suppose you're going to revoke my library card?


[the Library Police are speaking with Daphne and her boyfriend]
POLICEMAN 1: Well, the case is solved ... no thanks to Sherlock Holmes.
DR. TOBEL: Mmm, yes. Daphne's got her job back, and all the books are being returned ... including "The Joy of Sex."
[she turns to the Library Police]
DAPHNE: He didn't understand a word of it!
POLICEMAN 2: I like the pictures ...


[cut back to the library, as Kent approaches the checkout desk]
KENT: Well, that's our mad movie for tonight.
[he turns to the librarian (who is off screen)]
KENT: I'd like to check out some books, so this is "First Blood Part 7: Rambo Meets Gidget" ...
[cut to Kent walking out of the library with a stack of books]
KENT: Well, thanks for joining us. I've got some reading to catch up on ...
[as he exits the door, sirens start blaring]
MALE POLICEMAN: [from off camera] Alright, this is the Library Police! Stop what you're doing, drop those books! You have the right to remain silent, anything you say above a whisper may be used against you!
KENT: See you next time ...



One of my favorite TV series that's never been released on DVD (yet!...we can but hope) is the 1980s Mad Movies with the L.A. Connection. Before Mystery Science Theater 3000 added heckled riffing over the soundtrack of a cheesy movie, Mad Movies, originating from an improv group in Los Angeles, took old public domain movie, chopped them up and re-edited them into a half-hour show, and re-dubbed them completely with a new comedy soundtrack. The show ran in syndication and on Nick at Nite for several years in the eighties—I'm lucky enough to still have my much-watched VHS tapes of the show...but it hasn't been seen publicly for ages. Until the age of YouTube, that is! All hail YouTube!

Tonight, get in the mad moodvie by watching their version of 1943's Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, one of the many Universal Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Holmes vehicles that brought the Victorian sleuth to contemporary times to battle Nazis. (Well, somebody's gotta.) Mad Movies re-spins the film as Holmes's search for missing library books. Let's watch!

(A fair warning: the host segments and introductions with Kent Skov are be honest...absolutely missable. If you want to start right off with the movie portion of the show, start at 2:00 into the YouTube clip.)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Case Study No. 0294: Mr. Coreander

The NeverEnding Story III part 1/9
after many requests, I uploaded the full movie but I still prefer my version of "only Jack Black scenes" hehehe XD
Tags: The NeverEnding Story III
Added: 1 year ago
From: albita81
Views: 40,235

[in the fantasy world of Fantasia, the Old Man of Wandering Mountain is standing in a cave of ice and reading from a large book]
OLD MAN: "There will be a day when the writing stylus will start to act strangely, making it increasingly difficult to record the Neverending Story. This is a sign that the Nasty is on the way, an evil force that first takes hold in young humans when they turn away from books and reading. To stop the Nasty, even temporarily, would require a special young human, a voracious reader of great imagination and extraordinary courage."
[cut to the real world, as young Bastian Bux is running all through his high school, trying to escape a group of bullies known as the Nasties]
[he eventually runs into the school library and hides, as the Nasties go right past the door and continue running down the hallway]
NASTIES: Woo! Get 'im!
[Bastian slowly checks to make sure they are gone, when he hears a voice coming from the stacks]
MR. COREANDER: [from off camera] Books listed according to the Dewey Decimal System. Check the card catalo--
[the elderly male librarian pokes his head out from amongst the stacks in annoyance]
[Bastian looks at him in confusion, as the librarian climbs down the ladder he was on and angrily walks up to him]
MR. COREANDER: I'll do the shushing around here, young man! Shushing is the job of the librarian, and not some snotty little kid with hair that looks like the rear end of a porcupine!
BASTIAN: Mister Coreander? Mister Coreander, don't you remember me? Bastian! Bastian Balthazar Bux!
MR. COREANDER: Bastian? But, what in the world happened to you?
BASTIAN: It's ... sorta hard to explain.
MR. COREANDER: I see. Well, why so far from home? Not playing hooky from school, are we?
BASTIAN: No, we moved. This is my new school ... unfortunately.
[he cautiously looks towards the door again]
MR. COREANDER: I see. Well, you can stay here 'til the bell rings, but no longer. Don't wanna be late on your first day ...
[Mr. Coreander goes to reshelve a book, when something catches Bastian's eye]
BASTIAN: "Treasure Island" ...
[he takes the book off the shelf]
BASTIAN: I remember this from your store. Are the rest of these from there too?
[he continues browsing through the shelf, when he pulls out a very old-looking book]
BASTIAN: "The Neverending Story!"
[Mr. Coreander gives him a stern look]
MR. COREANDER: That is strictly a reference book from now on, and must not be taken from the library under any circumstances.
[he flips through the pages]
BASTIAN: It keeps going ...
MR. COREANDER: Well, of course it keeps going. Every move you make is part of your story ... Remember that the next time you pick your nose!
[he laughs and then heads for the front desk]
MR. COREANDER: Off to get more inventory from the car. Remember, late first day, pay pay pay!
[he leaves, as Bastian continues reading the "Neverending Story"]




MacDonald, Peter (Director). The Neverending Story III: Escape From Fantasia. Germany: Cinevox, 1994.

Starring: Freddie Jones (Mr. Coreander, Librarian); Jason James Richter (Bastian Bux); Jack Black (Slip, Leader of the Nasties)

Mr. Coreander, former bookshop owner, is now librarian at Bastian's new school, where he's transferred his stock (!), including The Neverending Story (held in Reference and absolutely forbidden to leave the building, right). When chased by the Nasties (Jack Black is sooo young!), Bastian hides in the library ("the" place to find shelter in cinema-land), where he once again escapes into the book. When the Nasties find the book and access all its real-time information, they have dominion over both Fantasia and the real world ... until Bastian enlists help from his new step-sister and a gang of Jim Hensen creations that make H.R. Pufnstuf seem high-tech. An alarmingly bad movie, but with great themes dealing with the importance and power of reading.

Case Study No. 0293: Staff of Henry Madden Library

Capt. Sullenberger Calls Library over lost Book; "I'm Sorry" - US Airways Flight 1549, Hudson Crash
We need more people in the world like Capt. Sullenberger. The man called the library because he was not able to return the book that he checked out; he left it on the plane. If he was late in calling them, he probably feels bad about that too. There are some things that can never be taken away from you, they are yours to keep forever, but only if you choose to. Here are a few of them: honesty, morality, trustworthiness, kindness, civility. These things are part of your character; they make you who you are. As parents raise up more and more kids who lack these qualities, we will continue to need bigger and bigger government to take care of them. That is how it worked. Our Founding Fathers warned us about it, but we did not listen, now look at where we are today.


How Sullenberger Really Saved US Airways Flight 1549

When airplanes crash, its usually because a bunch of unexpected things go wrong all at once, or one after the other. Obviously something dramatic went wrong with US Airways Flight 1549, which lost power in both engines and crash-landed on the Hudson River on January 15. But a lot went right, too.
Capt. Chesley Sullenberger has earned plaudits for heroism, but that oversimplifies what it took to land the crippled Airbus A320 and get all 150 passengers off safely, before the plane sank. Here are some of the other factors that helped everybody aboard Flight 1549 survive:
Thorough training. Sullenberger may be a model aviator, but it wasnt heroism that brought Flight 1549 down safely. It was rigorous training thats inbred in the U.S. aviation system. Pilots have to fly for years before they can command an airliner, and even experienced pilots must routinely train in simulators and pass check rides at least once a year under the supervision of Federal Aviation Administration inspectors. Pilots sometimes gripe about overzealous FAA inspectors, but the oversight contributes to a culture of accountability and fastidious attention to detail in the cockpit.
As captain, it was Sullenbergers job to figure out where to land the plane. No doubt he considered returning to New Yorks LaGuardia airport, where the plane had taken off from, or to another airport, before realizing that the Hudson was his best bet. Meanwhile, it would have been First Officer Skiless job to hurry through a set of checklists with procedures for restarting the engines. Pilots train for losing and restarting both engines on a two-engine jet but usually using high-altitude scenarios, when theres a lot more drift-down time than three minutes. Had both pilots fixated on restarting the engines, they could easily have waited too long to pick a place to land, and ended up careening through a populated area. Instead, Sullenberger abided by the basic rule of airplane emergencies: First, fly the airplane.
A textbook landing. It appears that Sullenberger landed Flight 1549 on the Hudson much as he would have landed on a runway but without engine power, and with far less margin for error. Its very important in a water landing to fly the aircraft onto the water as slow as possible, says Don Shepperd, a Vietnam-era fighter pilot and co-author (with the writer of this article), of Bury Us Upside Down: The Misty Pilots and the Secret Battle for the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The faster you hit, the more likely the plane will cartwheel or the fuselage will disintegrate. Too slow, however, and the plane could lose lift and stall, causing the nose to pitch down into the water uncontrolled. Once the decision was made to ditch, Shepperd says, it was a magnificent piece of aviation professionalism.
The water landing was obviously shocking to those on board - yet mild compared to what could have happened. I believed the impact would be violent but survivable, wrote one passenger, who happened to be a pilot for another airline. It was much milder than I had anticipated. If the jolt had been turbulence, I would have described it as moderate.
Tags: Captain Chesley Sullenberger Calls Library over lost Book Sorry US Airways Flight 1549 lands The Hudson River hero plane engine birds survivors rescue
Added: 3 years ago
From: jbranstetter04
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["Pilot Sully Apologized Over Library Book" appears on screen, as Glenn Beck talks directly to the camera during the February 3rd (2009) edition of his "The One Thing" segment on FOX News]
GLENN BECK: Sully. Captain who flew that plane, an actual hero because he was actually able to land a plane safely on the Hudson River. Something nobody has ever done before, saving everybody on board. A couple of weeks after that miracle, while nobody was watching, Sully just quietly picks up the phone and calls the library to apologize that he can't return the book that he had checked out before the accident, because it's in the hold of the plane. Nobody would've said a word if he didn't return this book. I mean, I'm surprised the man even thought about his library book that was left on the plane. Nobody would even know that he lost his library book because nobody would've held a press conference about it! And he didn't hold a press conference to beat his chest about what a hero he is, "Look at who I am!" But Sully knows the things that matter the most are the things that you do when no one else is looking. The guy is still striving to be a better person and do the right thing! He doesn't need to read the book, because he's already living it! Oh, I forgot, I didn't tell you the name of the book. Well actually, I can't tell you the name because, even with the Patriot Act, the library won't tell us what book he's checked out. But we did find out the subject of the book: "professional ethics." He's the guy that we should have as our Treasury Secretary. This guy knows how to handle a crisis and act ethically when nobody else is watching all the other stuff you can learn, "Open up another book, get another one from Economics there in the library!" Maybe the standard of "WWJD" is just too high for America anymore because Jesus is perfect and you ain't watchin' the Jesus Show are ya? So I guess I ain't perfect either, none of us are! Everybody makes mistakes. Maybe today we should lower the standards just a little bit and wear a bracelet that says "WWSD." "What would Sully do?," and try for that ...



Fresno library to pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger: You're forgiven.

The US Airways pilot splash-landed his jetliner in the Hudson River on Jan. 15, and everyone on board escaped safely. But left in the cargo hold was a book Sullenberger had checked out from California State University, Fresno, through his local library near Danville.

Library officials say Sullenberger asked for an extension and waiver of overdue fees. The pilot and his spokeswoman didn't return messages seeking comment Monday.

The librarians say they were struck by Sullenberger's sense of responsibility and did him one better: They're waiving all fees, even lost book fees, and placing a template in the replacement book dedicating it to him.

The book's subject? Professional ethics.



To do: Save 155 people, return library book
By Darrell Copeland III | February 03, 2009

Naturally, when the jetliner piloted by "Sully" Sullenberger performed an unexpected slip 'n slide into the Hudson River last month, library books were nowhere on the mind.

Well, I can't actually make that claim anymore and receive "duh" comments in agreement because, apparently, Mr. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, pilot of US Airways flight 1549, was in fact mindful of a possible overdue or replacement fee.

The story goes that Sully, which I will affectionately refer to him as, was interested in checking out a book at a library in his home town of Danville. But when the library of choice failed to come through with Sully's reading material, an interlibrary loan request with Fresno State's Henry Madden Library was arranged. To nobody's surprise, the people of the Henry Madden Library slipped into their phone booth and reappeared with the book, and, like the good people they are, didn't ever request a book to be named later in the deal.

So Sully packed his bags, book and all, and prepared for a routine flight that didn't originally include a pit stop in the Hudson River. Those plans changed when some rebel birds tried to squeeze through one of the jet's engines and instead found a surprise treat. On a side note, if anyone ever calls you a bird brain, don't take it as a compliment.

This forced Sully to perform a remarkable crash landing into the aforementioned Hudson River, which led to the rescue of all 155 people on board. As everyone else was in a frantic rush to get off the plane to safety, Sully stayed behind to check every inch of the plane—three times—to be sure nobody was left on board. This is where you begin to realize the kind of man we are talking about here. When the media clamored for his attention or a small snippet of a sound bite, Sully refused. He wanted no recognition for his bravery, his unprecedented achievement or his heroics.

But Chesley B. Sullenberger is nothing less than one of the most honorable, loyal, ethical and respected men we have in this country. It then comes as no surprise that the topic of choice for Sullenberger's book was, professional ethics.

As we come full circle, all you can do is crack one of those one-sided smiles and shake your head in amazement at what kind of story we are all witnesses to. Despite all the commotion and stress of the flight, media attention and dozens of other things on Sully's mind, he still had the presence of mind to make a phone call to the Henry Madden Library and explain his situation. I mean, good grief, when I get a paper cut I drop everything and curl into a ball, let alone make calls to negotiate financial matters.

But not Sully. He asked the library for a postponement or waive of his fee due to his circumstances, which was of course granted.

Allow dean of library services Peter McDonald to explain. "Here is a national hero you would think would have more important things to worry about," McDonald said in a press release. "The world now knows he contacted us almost immediately about the books he'd borrowed that were stuck in the hold of a downed plane. I'd trust my life to a man like Sullenberger. Of course we'll waive the fee."

Not only did McDonald waive the fee, but he plans to replace the book and add a bookplate to the inside cover dedicating the volume to Sullenberger.

What would be even better? How about inviting Sullenberger to the opening of the new Henry Madden Library to cut the ribbon with those over-sized giant scissors? And as I look at the calendar, I see there is a season-opener for the Fresno State baseball team the very next day, Feb. 20. First pitch, anyone?

It's a story that's nothing short of remarkable, and one we as Fresno State students should be proud our name is attached to.

I, for one, would be proud to go slip 'n sliding with Mr. Sullenberger anytime.

Case Study No. 0292: Mr. Mortman

Goosebumps review on "The Girl who Cried Monster"
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[scene opens with a little boy holding up a copy of the book "The Girl Who Cried Monster" by R.L. Stine and speaking directly to the camera]
BOOSHY: Hi, it's Booshy again, showing you another review on "The Girl Who Cried Monster" ... It, it's an interesting book, but has some boring parts in it. And it's about a girl who finds out her li-barian is a monster, and she wants proof of it! That's your review on "Girl Who Cried Monster", bye!



The Girl Who Cried Monster is the eighth book in R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series.

"Lucy likes to tell monster stories. She's told so many that her friends and her family are sick of it. Then one day, Lucy discovers a real, live monster: the librarian in charge of the summer reading program. Too bad Lucy's told so many monster tall tales. Too bad no one believes a word she says. Too bad the monster knows who she is... and is coming after her next."

Lucy Dark is spending her summer vacation scaring her brother and participating in the local library's reading program. She scares her brother Randy by merely mentioning that there might be a monster behind a tree, in a bush, around the corner, etc. Randy falls for this because he is six years old. The reading program at the library is called Reading Rangers, and the deputy of this program is the hideous, bald, sweaty mole-like Mr. Mortman. Mr. Mortman tries to encourage Lucy to read the classics, but the only book she really digs is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. She asks whether White Fang is about a monster and she also asks if Anne of Green Gables has any monsters in it.

One rainy summer evening, Lucy leaves the library and realizes she forgot her rollerblades. She goes back to the library after it has closed and while hiding sees Mr. Mortman reaching into his desk to procure some flies to feed to his pet turtles, which he keeps in a metal pan on his desk at all times. Lucy sees Mr. Mortman's head swell up, his eyes bulge out, and his mouth turn into a gaping black maw. Lucy leaves in a hurry and forgets her rollerblades again and so she heads back to get her rollerblades, but then the door is locked.

She tries to tell everyone who will listen about how Mr. Mortman is a monster, but they don't listen to her because she is always talking about monsters. So a week later, she returns to the library and after Mr. Mortman gives her a new book for the reading club, she hides in the stacks to catch Mr. Mortman in the act. After he escorts everyone out of the building, Mr. Mortman locks the doors, trapping Lucy in the library with him.

Lucy says to herself "This is boring." Then Mr. Mortman turns into a monster again! Then he eats some flies again. Then he picks up a turtle, chews up the shell, and swallows it. Lucy runs to the locked door and realizes the door is locked from the inside. She makes it out of the library again. She runs home and sees her friend Aaron, who she then tries to convince that she saw a monster. He doesn't believe her. She goes into her house and tries to convince Randy about Mr. Mortman, but he too doesn't believe her.

There is a knock on the door. It's Mr. Mortman! He kindly returns Lucy's bookbag, which she had left in the library. He asks if she had stayed behind after he closed up, but she says no. He bids her farewell as her mom pulls up in the driveway.

Her parents won't listen to her, so she enlists Aaron's help. Lucy offers him five dollars in advance to accompany her to the library. Her newest plan involves her and Aaron going back to the library. They hide, he sees Mr. Mortman turn into a monster, and then they plan to both tell her parents. Unfortunately, on the day of the big plan execution, Aaron is nowhere to be found. So Lucy decides She'll go back to the library again.

Lucy again hides in the library, alone, waiting for Mr. Mortman to change into a monster. Except that this time she's brought a camera to snap his picture. Once Mr. Mortman transforms into a monster again, Lucy takes his picture, but forgets about the flash and Mr. Mortman flies into a rage. There's a chase scene and Lucy escapes the library one more time. That night, Lucy's family all goes to the mall to eat at The Chinese Restaurant. Lucy begs her father to get her roll of film developed so she can prove to him once and for all that Mr. Mortman is a monster. After dinner Lucy races to the one hour photo joint to pick up her picture of Mr. Mortman. Except the photo shows an empty desk in the library, Mr. Mortman didn't show up in the picture at all.

Never deterred, Lucy has to come up with a new plan. It still involves hiding and spying, this time her and Aaron are scouting out Mr. Mortman's home rather than the library. The two kids tail Mr. Mortman from the library to his house. Lucy peeks through the living room window just in time to see Mr. Mortman indulge in a series of grotesque meals. First he takes a big handful of fish from his aquarium and shoves them into his mouth. Then Mr. Mortman chews up an entire snail, shell and all. Following that, he slurps up an entire eel like a spaghetti strand. Lucy tries to get Aaron to come peek in the window, but he's off looking for a ladder to see into Mr. Mortman's house better.

Lucy loses her balance and falls from the window. Aaron runs away from the house as Mr. Mortman exits the house and picks her up off the ground. Lucy makes up a story about how she was just there to tell him she wouldn't be at the Reading Rangers meeting the next day. He offers to let her inside so she can call her parents for a ride home, but she doesn't want to go inside.

Lucy's parents won't let her quit Reading Rangers. Forced to attend her meeting with Mr. Mortman, Lucy braves the rain and returns to the library. Before he starts the meeting, Mr. Mortman gets up and locks the door. He tells her he can't let her leave. He starts to make his move towards her when she leaps up and attempts escape. It seems dire but then she comes up with the bright idea of tearing out a drawer of the card catalog, spilling the contents on the ground. Mr. Mortman, though still a monster, is also a librarian and he stops his pursuit of Lucy to organize the cards. Lucy runs out into freedom. She also runs out into Aaron, who had been hiding in the library. Turns out he saw Mr. Mortman turn into a monster and is willing to tell her parents!

Lucy and Aaron tell Lucy's parents about Mr. Mortman and they respond with "Well, I guess we have to invite him to dinner." A few nights later, Mr. Mortman shows up for dinner. The family makes polite small talk with the librarian, who eventually inquires as to what is for dinner and asks the father to re[eat himself. The father says "You are!" again and he starts getting scared then Lucy's parents, who are monsters themselves, eat Mr. Mortman as their children cheer with joy.



Reading Rangers is a summer reading program at the town library that Mom and Dad made me enroll in. They said they didn't want me to waste the whole summer. And if I joined this thing at the library, at least I'd read some good books.

The way Reading Rangers works is, I have to go see Mr. Mortman, the librarian, once a week. And I have to give a short report and answer some questions about the book I read that week. I get a gold star for every book I report on.

If I get six gold stars, I get a prize. I think the prize is a book. Big deal, right? But it's just a way to make you read.

I thought I'd read some of the scary mystery novels that all my friends are reading. But no way. Mr. Mortman insists on everyone reading "classics." He means old books.


By the time I got my Rollerblades laced and tied, I had only five minutes to get to the library. Luckily, it was only six or seven blocks away.

I was in big trouble anyway. I had managed to read only four chapters of Huckleberry Finn, my book for the week. That meant I was going to have to fake it with Mr. Mortman.

I picked the book up from my shelf. It was a new paperback. I wrinkled up some of the pages near the back to make it look as if I'd read that far. I tucked it into my backpack, along with a pair of sneakers. Then I made my way down the stairs — not easy in Rollerblades — and headed to the Timberland Falls town library.
The library was in a ramshackle old house on the edge of the Timberland woods. The house had belonged to some eccentric old hermit. And when he died, he had no family, so he donated the house to the town. They turned it into a library.
Some kids said the house had been haunted. But kids say that about every creepy old house. The library did look like a perfect haunted house, though.

It was three stories tall, dark shingled, with a dark, pointy roof between two stone turrets. The house was set back in the trees, as if hiding there. It was always in the shade, always dark and cold ???

Inside, the old floorboards creaked beneath the thin carpet the town had put down. The high windows let in very little light. And the old wooden bookcases reached nearly to the ceiling. When I edged my way through the narrow aisles between the tall, dark shelves, I always felt as if they were about to close in on me.

I had this frightening feeling that the shelves would lean in on me, cover me up, and I'd be buried there in the darkness forever. Buried under a thousand pounds of dusty, mildewy old books.

But of course that's silly.

It was just a very old house. Very dark and damp. Very creaky. Not as clean as a library should be. Lots of cobwebs and dust.

Mr. Mortman did his best, I guess. But he was kind of creepy, too.

The thing all of us kids hated the most about him was that his hands always seemed to be wet. He would smile at you with those beady little black eyes of his lighting up on his plump, bald head. He would reach out and shake your hand. And his hand was always sopping!

When he turned the pages of books, he'd leave wet fingerprints on the corners. His desktop always had small puddles on the top, moist handprints on the leather desk protector.

He was short and round. With that shiny, bald head and those tiny black eyes, he looked a lot like a mole. A wet-pawed mole.

He spoke in a high, scratchy voice. Nearly always whispered. He wasn't a bad guy, really. He seemed to like kids. He wasn't mean or anything. And he really liked books.

He was just weird, that's all. He sat on a tall wooden stool that made him hover over his enormous desk. He kept a deep aluminum pan on the side of his desk. Inside the pan were several little turtles, moving around in about an inch of water. "My timid friends," I heard him call them once.

Sometimes he'd pick up one of them and hold it in his pudgy fingers, high in the air, until it tucked itself into its shell. Then he'd gently set it down, a pleased smile on his pale, flabby face.

He sure loved his turtles. I guess they were okay as pets. But they were kind of smelly. I always tried to sit on the other side of the desk, as far away from the turtle pan as I could get.


Shadows danced across the wall as I made my way to the main room. A tree branch tapped noisily against the dust-covered pane of a high window.

The library was silent except for the creaking floorboards beneath my sneakers. As I entered the main room, I could hear the steady tick-tick-tick of the wall clock.
The lights had all been turned off.

I thought I felt something scamper across my shoe.

A mouse?

I stopped short and glanced down.

Just a dustball clinging to the base of a bookshelf.

Whoa, Lucy, I scolded myself. It's just a dusty old library. Nothing to get weird about. Don't let your wild imagination take off and lead you into trouble.


I still had that strange feeling. A gentle but insistent gnawing at my stomach. A tug at my chest.

Something isn't right. Something bad is about to happen.

People call them premonitions. It's a good vocabulary word for what I was feeling right then.

I found my Rollerblades where I had left them, against the wall back in the stacks. I grabbed them up, eager to get out of that dark, creepy place.

I headed quickly back toward the entrance, tiptoeing for some reason. But a sound made me stop.

I held my breath. And listened.

It was just a cough.

Peering down the narrow aisle, I could see Mr. Mortman hovered over his desk. Well, actually, I could just see part of him — one arm, and some of his face when he leaned to the left.

I was still holding my breath.

The clock tick-tick-ticked noisily from across the room. Behind his desk, Mr. Mortman's face moved in and out of blue-purple shadows.

The Rollerblades suddenly felt heavy. I lowered them silently to the floor. Then my curiosity got the better of me, and I took a few steps toward the front.

Mr. Mortman began humming to himself. I didn't recognize the song.

The shadows grew deeper as I approached. Peering down the dark aisle, I saw him holding a large glass jar between his pudgy hands. I was close enough to see that he had a pleasant smile on his face.

Keeping in the shadows, I moved closer.

I like spying on people. It's kind of thrilling, even when they don't do anything very interesting.

Just knowing that you're watching them and they don't know they're being watched is exciting.

Humming to himself, Mr. Mortman held the jar in front of his chest and started to unscrew the top. "Some juicy flies, my timid friends," he announced in his high-pitched voice.

So. The jar was filled with flies.

Suddenly, the room grew much darker as clouds rolled over the late afternoon sun. The light from the window dimmed. Gray shadows rolled over Mr. Mortman and his enormous desk, as if blanketing him in darkness.

From my hidden perch among the shelves, I watched him prepare to feed his turtles.

But wait.

Something was wrong.

My premonition was coming true.

Something weird was happening!

As he struggled to unscrew the jar lid, Mr. Mortman's face began to change. His head floated up from his turtleneck and started to expand, like a balloon being inflated.

I uttered a silent gasp as I saw his tiny eyes poke out of his head. The eyes bulged bigger and bigger, until they were as big as doorknobs.

The light from the window grew even dimmer.

The entire room was cast in heavy shadows. The shadows swung and shifted.

I couldn't see well at all. It was like I was watching everything through a dark fog.

Mr. Mortman continued to hum, even as his head bobbed and throbbed above his shoulders and his eyes bulged out as if on stems, poking straight up like insect antennae.

And then his mouth began to twist and grow. It opened wide, like a gaping black hole on the enormous, bobbing head.

Mr. Mortman sang louder now. An eerie, frightening sound, more like animal howling than singing.

He pulled off the lid of the jar and let it fall to the desk. It clanged loudly as it hit the desktop.

I leaned forward, struggling to see. Squinting hard, I saw Mr. Mortman dip his fat hand into the jar. I could hear loud buzzing from the jar. He pulled out a handful of flies.

I could see his eyes bulge even wider.

I could see the gaping black hole that was his mouth.

He held his hand briefly over the turtle cage. I could see the flies, black dots all over his hand. In his palm. On his short, stubby fingers.

I thought he was going to lower his hand to the aluminum pun. I thought he was going to feed the turtles.

But, instead, he jammed the flies into his own mouth.

I shut my eyes and held my hand over my mouth to keep from puking.

Or screaming.

I held my breath, but my heart kept racing.

The shadows lurched and jumped. The darkness seemed to float around me.

I opened my eyes. He was eating another handful of flies, shoving them into his gaping mouth with his fingers, swallowing them whole. " I wanted to shout.

I wanted to run.

Mr. Mortman, I realized, was a monster.

The shadows seemed to pull away. The sky outside the window brightened, and a gray triangle of light fell over Mr. Mortman's desk.

Opening my eyes, I realized I'd been holding my breath. My chest felt as if it were about to burst. I let the air out slowly and took another deep breath.

Then, without glancing again to the front of the room, I turned and ran. My sneakers thudded over the creaky floors, but I didn't care.

I had to get out of there as fast as I could.

I bolted out the front door of the library onto the stone steps, then down the gravel driveway. I ran as fast as I could, my arms flying wildly at my sides, my black hair blowing behind me.

I didn't stop until I was a block away.

Then I dropped to the curb and waited for my heart to stop pounding like a bass drum.

Heavy rain clouds rolled over the sun again. The sky became an eerie yellow-black. A station wagon rolled past. Some kids in the back of it called to me, but I didn't raise my head.

I kept seeing the shadowy scene in the library again and again.

Mr. Mortman is a monster.

The words repeated nonstop in my mind.

It can't be, I thought, gazing up at the black clouds so low overhead.

I was seeing things. That had to be it.

All the shadows in the dark library. All the swirling darkness.

It was an optical illusion.

It was my wild imagination.

It was a daydream, a silly fantasy.

No! a loud voice in my head cried.

No, Lucy, you saw Mr. Mortman's head bulge. You saw his eyes pop out and grow like hideous toadstools on his ballooning face.

You saw him reach into the fly jar. You heard him humming so happily, so . . . hungrily.

You saw him jam the flies into his mouth. Not one handful, but two.

And maybe he's still in there, eating his fill.

It was dark, Lucy. There were shadows. But you saw what you saw. You saw it all.

Mr. Mortman is a monster.

I climbed to my feet. I felt a cold drop of rain on top of my head.

"Mr. Mortman is a monster." I said it out loud.

I knew I had to tell Mom and Dad as fast as I could. "The librarian is a monster." That's what I'd tell them.