Friday, August 24, 2012

Case Study No. 0525: Olha Petrivna

Librarian + Internet = Better Tomatoes
With the help of free Internet in the local library, a village in Ukraine has doubled its tomato production. The featured library received computer equipment and training through the Library Electronic Access Project administered by the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. This video was created for the launch of the Bibliomist Global Libraries program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by IREX.
Tags: ukraine gates computers internet irex tomatoes libraries iatp
Added: 2 years ago
From: irexdc
Views: 4,921

[scene opens with Ukrainian women selling produce (including tomatoes) in the outdoor marketplace]
FEMALE VENDOR: [translated] Very good, 2.50 hryvnyas a kilo!
MALE CUSTOMER: [translated] Doesn't matter how much it costs, as long as it's high-quality product.
FEMALE VENDOR: [translated] They've been grown using modern technology. Drop-feed system has been installed, so each tomato receives microelements, and mineral fertilizers, and water.
FEMALE CUSTOMER: [translated] Where did you read up on that?
FEMALE VENDOR: [translated] On the internet! Went to the library, Olha Petrivna shows us everything, opens everything up, presses buttons, and we just read and copy it.
MALE CUSTOMER: [translated] I'm getting some!
[she puts some tomatoes in a plastic bag and hands them to him]
FEMALE VENDOR: [translated] You won't regret buying them ... sweet from Syn'kiv!
[cut to a man driving a horse and wagon through the town of Syn'kiv, as a female reporter stops him for an interview]
REPORTER: [translated] What are you bringing, tomatoes?
FARMER: [translated] Tomatoes? Sure, there's no way you don't have tomatoes here. Here, take me as example. Fifteen thousand ... That's three greenhouses, so long you can't imagine. Take my word for it. But we here sweat our guts out and survive this way. No other way, no job, where can one earn a penny or two these days?
["Information: village of Syn'kiv, Ternopil oblast. Population: 1120 inhabitants. Specialization: growing early vegetables, tomatoes. Since 2003, due to availability of internet access to village inhabitants, tomato yield doubled." appears on screen, then cut back to the farmer]
FARMER: [translated] We are literate people nowadays. We go to the library, and right there we have internet, too.
[cut to footage of the town library]
FARMER: [translated] Whatever we need, we go there. I'm interested in this or that. First of all ... horses, breed. I'm also interested in machinery, agricultural machinery. I bought one heck of a motor cultivator! On the internet, by the way.
[cut to the female librarian speaking directly to the camera]
OLHA PETRIVNA: [translated] Just seven years ago, the introduction of Internet was a real event for the village. Now more people know, and the youngsters know what Internet is, but back then ... Well, the priest in the church said that representatives from US embassy were coming that day to introduce Internet, so all people came here to see what it is.
[cut to another shot of the librarian]
OLHA PETRIVNA: [translated] And the people say, "Well, Olya, take a look what can be found on that Internet." It was strange for me as well, because I wasn't proficient yet, but we did eventually find stuff about tomatoes. That's crucial, because in January early tomatoes are planted. Bingo! When we saw it, the whole village was talking only about what's on there, what one can learn. That was a surprise for the village! Now it's necessity.
[cut to a young man growing tomatoes in a greenhouse]
TOMATO GROWER: [translated] Now, this is really edible, that's a real product of nature!
[he hands a tomato to the unseen cameraperson]
TOMATO GROWER: [translated] It's a pity you're late! Had you come yesterday, you would have seen the red ones. That's second crop. In summer, we had a lot ... up to thirty tomatoes on a single bush. Before, when we didn't have Internet, we would start picking tomatoes in June, it would be over by the end of June.
[cut to more footage of the greenhouse]
TOMATO GROWER: [translated] Tomatoes would rot, we would pick 'em, that's it. However, thanks to the Internet, that's the result ...
[he points to the tomato plants]
TOMATO GROWER: [translated] They regenerate.
[cut to more footage of the greenhouse]
TOMATO GROWER: [translated] I listen to the radio, they've got same weather everywhere. And Internet shows real weather at our location.
[cut to another shot of the man]
TOMATO GROWER: [translated] See, if it weren't for the forecast, what would we do? Watering tomatoes now doesn't suit the weather, they'd rot.
[cut to the librarian standing in front of a closed door]
OLHA PETRIVNA: [translated] Here's our internet center. Come in, please.
[she opens the door and enters the room, where a young woman is sitting at the computer]
OLHA PETRIVNA: [translated] Hanna Adamivna, what are you busy with?
HANNA ADAMIVNA: [translated] Olha Petrivna, I found a new variety of tomato, and I like it a lot.
[cut to a closeup of the computer screen, as the local version of Google Images ( shows various tomatoes and tomato plants]
HANNA ADAMIVNA: [translated] Last year I had a variety called Sanko, but I didn't really like it because of low yield.
[cut to a website featuring tomato plants, as she scrolls down the page]
HANNA ADAMIVNA: [translated] I plant seven thousand bushes, and the yield was around ten metric tons.
[the camera zooms out to show the two women looking at the screen]
HANNA ADAMIVNA: [translated] As to the variety called Dolphin, this year I got fifteen metric tons.
[cut to a still image of the librarian sitting down at the computer, as "Information: The Internet Center at Syn'kiv village library provides regular services for 142 people - inhabitants of Syn'kiv, nearby villages, and even neighboring Chernivtsi oblast." appears on screen, then cut back to the librarian speaking directly to the camera]
OLHA PETRIVNA: [translated] It's also very important that here it's free, since in raion center Zalishchyky, if you go somewhere to surf the Internet, you have to pay. In the village, people don't have that kind of money to spend it on this.
[cut to footage of young children at a playground]
OLHA PETRIVNA: [translated] Very often students from neighboring villages come here. Our children do, too.
[cut to a young teenage girl speaking directly to the camera]
GIRL: [translated] We can speak about our village with pride because, for instance, there's no Internet in other villages.
["Welcome to Syn'kiv branch library!" appears on screen, then cut back to the librarian speaking directly to the camera]
OLHA PETRIVNA: [translated] Let's unite in our common problems so that we solve them to our benefit, so that we are heard by the state, so that we are paid attention to because we are really needed, especially in the countryside. I'd like to wish every village library to have a computer. In cities it's possible for everyone to have a computer at home and there are various Internet centers operating, but there's nothing in villages, even though Internet centers are necessary in the countryside.
["Our congratulation on Ukrainian Library Day!" appears on screen]



Ukraine online: You've got crop reports!
December 21, 2009 6:00 AM

To promote democracy, the United States is working to get Eastern Europe connected to the 'net. The results are more practical.

By Julia Ioffe, Contributor

When the village of Syn'kiv in Western Ukraine first got a computer with web access in 2003, the local priest encouraged people to come out for the grand opening of the library's Internet center. It had been paid for by the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, and the web access, which was free, was a novelty for this hamlet of 1,100 people.

Since then, however, the residents of Syn'kiv, a town known for its early tomatoes, have used the web to find out more precise local weather forecasts as well as the breeds of tomato best suited for the area and how to grow and fertilize them. In the last six years, this knowledge has helped Syn'kiv double its tomato crop.

Syn'kiv was part of a larger U.S. Embassy push to hook Ukraine, which has one of the lowest Internet penetration rates in Europe, to the web.

(Lately, American embassies in the region have been promoting the web as a tool of democracy. In Azerbaijan, for example, the embassy sponsors a project that shows Azeri youth how to be citizen journalists through YouTube. But locals are finding they don't exactly have online freedom of speech: Two bloggers, who held a mock government press conference with a person in a donkey costume, are now in jail.)

In Ukraine, the U.S. Embassy managed to get over 140 local libraries online, and now they have help from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which last year committed over $25 million to wire up 1,100 more in a project called Bibliomist, or Book Bridge. The project is currently in the rollout stage and, last month, nearly two hundred Ukrainian libraries applied to get their own Internet centers.

Books and more online

Each winning library, those that are ready and have the local authorities' support (because they are, after all, footing future maintenance bills), will get up to 15 up-to-date computers, training for its staff, and networking equipment that will allow as many as seven local branches to use the same connection. Microsoft (MSFT) is also donating over $4 million worth of software. (Conveniently, all the donated computers are required to run on the Windows Vista operating system.)

"In Ukraine, libraries are seen as cultural institutions," says Colin Guard, who runs Bibliomist through IREX, an international education non-profit. "They are seen as warehouses where culture is kept but little is known about the other services a library can provide to improve the quality of life, like finding jobs or answering healthcare questions."

The hope, Guard says, is to encourage people to use the wealth of information on the Internet to improve governance, improve business and lifestyle, and thereby jumpstart development. So far, the lucky plugged-in libraries have taken a series of initiatives, like posting government regulations and budgets online, or helping blind journalists improve their work.

Sometimes, however, the real victories are in the individual discoveries that Ukrainians make online, like the doctor from Kirovograd who used his library's Internet connection to diagnose his patient with a rare genetic disorder called Brugada Symptom that he hadn't been able to find in any Russian or Ukrainian textbooks. The patient survived.

Case Study No. 0524: Biblia the Warrior Librarian

Warrior Librarian News Report
Biblia, the Warrior Librarian presents the news. Recording made by ABC Television. Unrehearsed.
Tags: librarian humor news warrior reading bug
Added: 5 years ago
From: WarriorLibrarian
Views: 1,220

["ABC News. Update - 90" Bed. More Than The Headlines End." appears on screen, then cut to an older woman reading from a cue card and speaking directly to the camera]
BIBLIA: Good evening, this is the Warrior Librarian reporting for ABC TV. First up, an amazing new discovery about why people read ...
[a graphic depicting a bug inside an ice cube appears behind her]
BIBLIA: The Reading Bug. Scientists have now produced a megabug. Unfortunately, too large to put through air conditioning systems. But there is hope for a smaller version coming soon ... Thank you.
[a graphic depicting a cartoon sheep appears behind her]
BIBLIA: Thank you for all the applause. Next up, internationally library associations are concerned there is too many sheep joining up. These people are not able to make their own decisions. They follow the crowd and do whatever they like. It's not a very good look, in fact it's quite "baaaaaad."
[a graphic depicting a cartoon semi-trailer truck appears behind her]
BIBLIA: And news just ahead, ABC radio and TV are calling for all librarians to come and read the news at their exhibition at the Royal Easter Show. So far, thousands of people have attempted this feat. To date, very few of them were librarians.
[a graphic depicting the ABCNews logo appears behind her]
BIBLIA: That's news up to this minute. Coming up next, the 7:30 report. Thank you very much for joining me, the Warrior Librarian.
[" news" appears on screen]



A Work (and Life) in Progress

As a child, I loved animals; I lived on the outskirts of a country town and kept horses in my backyard. We always had a dog, cat, birds, and assorted reptiles, so it was not surprising that I grew up wanting to be a veterinarian. I worked hard at school and went to university....and in 1978 became a geologist.

This proved to be a financially rewarding career move. It was accompanied by a high level of job satisfaction, was intellectually challenging, and (almost) never boring. After 6 years working in the mining industry, I voluntarily left, and took a job selling steel library shelving.

After 18 months in the new job, I was progessively promoted from Customer Services Supervisor (the "complaints department") to State Sales Manager. I was well respected in the company, and had a number of huge salary jumps. So I left.

I guess I missed having animals around me. That would explain why I then became a high school teacher. Its a rotten, frustrating, poorly paid job, so I spent 15 years teaching science.

As I approached my golden years, I took a fancy to becoming a in 1999 I enrolled in a Master of Applied Science (Teacher Librarianship). In some ways, I suppose it bring would bring my life full circle - I'll still be working with animals students, many of the school library resources have a mineralogical content, and I could demonstrate my expertise with steel library shelving. With the addition of flowers on my desk, it would represent the culmination of many of my ambitions.

Having worked like a dog to finish a 2 year course in just over 10 months (setting a record that went completely uncelebrated by the University), I accepted a position in the Year 2000 as Teacher Librarian at a private senior college in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia.

During that same year, I finished my second masters degree, a M.Ed. in Information Technology. This also set a new record for course completion - and despite numerous Distinctions and High Distinctions, I did not get the Dean's Award. Again. Sigh....

In the daylight hours of the year 2000, I ran the college library - and became highly regarded by my colleagues, principal, and students. I undertook a huge upgrade of the Resource Centre, built the digital collection, developed a website to support teaching and learning, and overturned the school culture - at least as far as library use was concerned. The outcome was a modern, functional, well-resourced facility, with myself in a well-run, comfortable workplace. So, naturally, I left.

In 2001, I accepted a position as Teacher Librarian at a comprehensive government high school (Years 7 to 12) on the outskirts of Sydney. The challenges presented in this employment will fill several chapters of my memoirs, if I ever get around to writing them. Luckily, I managed to alienate almost everybody in the first 6 weeks, so my time was not consumed with any social pursuits. Sigh. Biblia was "born" here - and my personal website mutated into the internationally acclaimed (although financially unrewarded) Warrior Librarian Weekly. After upgrading everything that didn't move, and attempting to improve those that did move, I (myself) moved. Yes, again.

From the start of the 2002 school year, I started work at a government middle school (Years 7 to 10) in an outer suburban "collegiate" school. This is an arrangement whereby several moderately successful Year 7-12 schools are combined to make a college group, by creating a new 'senior school' and consequently reducing the feeders to middle schools. The benefits include a reduced budget for the library, decimated staffing support, and rock-bottom library morale. Isn't educational change interesting? But still, was an awesome challenge.

As a result of attempting to change the world (starting with the school's library) single-handedly, I had an exciting ride in an ambulance to hospital. Fortunately, it wasn't the 'padded' variety (of ambulance or hospital). After some months of treatment, I accepted a temporary part-time position in an elementary school. Having never delivered a Reading Time experience to littlies (other than my own children - often against their will), this was an entirely unexplored area of school librarianship for me. When this posting reached it's pre-agreed termination point (another new experience), I took another temporary part-time posting to a post-compulsary vocational educational facility; a TAFE (Technical and Further Education) library.

Unfortunately (from the WLW perspective), that position was one characterised by compassionate administration, smooth operation and very sensible policies. Despite very intense investigation, there was absolutely nothing for me to whine about. Perhaps the sole beneficiary of the short-term nature of this position was The Muse.

Shortly after the start of the 2003 Australian school year, I went off to do stuff for the NSW Department of Education's "HSC Online" project. I spent many months finding quality Internet sites to support the state's students and teachers to Achieve the Outcomes of the secondary exit exam (and tertiary education entrance). Which is pretty important stuff. And yes, I got paid to spend my working days surfing the 'net. I figure someone found out I was having fun, so I then got sent off to the Department's Learning Materials Production Center (

After a few months after I arrived, we got restructured, and became the Centre for Learning Innovation (CLI). I'm still working there, but don't want anyone to know that I'm enjoying the work, so please keep this a secret.

Case Study No. 0523: "Librarians vs. UFOs"

Librarians vs. UFOs (The Final Conflict)
Trailer like promo for Warner Memorial Library.
Tags: aliens librarians ufo
Added: 2 years ago
From: WarnerLib
Views: 2,401

An Eastern University, Warner Memorial Library Video

[scene opens with footage from an old flying saucer movie, as a man looks on from inside a military base]
SCIENTIST: [dubbed] We just need a good librarian!
[cut to old stock footage of a female librarian looking through a microfiche reader]
NARRATOR: Librarians are always developing newer resources and educational uses ...
[cut to more UFO movie footage, as "Warning! Take cover!" appears on screen]
["Need help? Call the Reference Desk at 610-341-1777 or email reference1777 [at]" appears on screen]
[cut back to the military base footage]
GENERAL: [dubbed] Oh my goodness, we need more information! Get the librarian!
[cut to stock footage of an elderly female librarian speaking with a male patron]
LIBRARIAN 1: [dubbed] Yes, we have the book that you need. It tells you all about UFOs.
[she hands him a book]
LIBRARIAN 1: [dubbed] Here it is!
["The Reference Desk is staffed daily during the academic year for all your information needs" appears on screen]
[cut to more stock footage of librarians]
NARRATOR: --Required to be library school graduates. They must have had some special training.
[cut back to the military base footage, as a soldier throws a wrench up into the air at a floating orb of light]
SCIENTIST: [dubbed] No no no, throwing a wrench won't help! Let's go to the library ...
[cut to footage of the scientist watching the flying saucers on television]
SCIENTIST: [dubbed] Told me to watch TV, but that's not helping ...
[cut to a closeup of the scientist's face]
SCIENTIST: [dubbed] We need a librarian!
["Chat with a librarian at reference1777 [at]" appears on screen]
[cut to stock footage of another elderly female librarian helping a female patron]
LIBRARIAN 2: [dubbed] Yes, right here on this page. There's enough here to bring those nasty flying saucers down ... Mmm-hmmm. Mmm-hmmm.
[cut to footage of the flying saucers exploding]
["The librarians at Warner Memorial Library are here to help you. 610-341-1777 or reference1777 [at]" appears on screen]
[cut to footage of the scientist speaking into a microphone]
SCIENTIST: [dubbed] My final report is ... because of the librarians' aid, we are all able to rest peacefully. The librarians have saved the day!

Voice of the Scientist - Mark Puterbaugh
Librarian 1 - Lois Robonaught
Librarian 2 - Meteor Aeon
General - Mark Puterbaugh

Editor/Producer - Mark Puterbaugh

Video Clips from Earth vs Flying Saucers trailer from the Internet Archive ( details/EarthVsThe FlyingSaucers-Trailer)
The Librarian from the Prelinger Collection on the Internet Archive ( details/Libraria1947)

In a time of great trouble (usually nearing the final weeks of school) you can turn to a librarian to save the day. Need to use EBSCOhost, Sage Premier or JSTOR? Want remote access via a MyAthens account?

A librarian can help you find the information that you need.

Come to the Warner Memorial Library at the center of campus. Text a librarian from the website. Phone a librarian at 610-341-1777. Or email a librarian at reference1777 [at]

In this movie librarians help scientists and the military overcome an alien invasion. You to can overcome any academic obstacle with the HELP OF A LIBRARIAN!




Advertisement for Warner Memorial Library services using public domain video footage found in the Internet Archive.

This movie is part of the collection: Community Video

Producer: Mark Puterbaugh
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: library; ufos; library instruction

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Case Study No. 0522: Unnamed Female Librarian (5 Minute Theatre)

5 Minute Theatre : Book Lovers by Ian Watt
Left on the shelf: a librarian uses her position to take a chance on love.
Tags: STV News at Six National Theatre of Scotland Five Minute Theatre Book Lovers Ian Watt
Added: 1 year ago
From: STVDramas
Views: 49

[scene opens with a young female librarian sitting at her desk, when a young male patron approaches her]
LIBRARIAN: Good day, can I help you?
DANNY: I, uh ... This came for me, asking me to come in.
[he hands her a piece of paper]
LIBRARIAN: Hmm, let's see.
[she reads it]
LIBRARIAN: Ah yes ... Yes, so you're Mister Defoe?
DANNY: That's right, that's me. Daniel Defoe. Danny.
LIBRARIAN: That's, uh ... an appropriate name. Being here, I mean.
DANNY: Yeah, I get it ... Look, what is this about? Have I fines to pay or something?
[she looks through a folder on her desk]
DANNY: Look, I haven't borrowed any books in awhile.
LIBRARIAN: No, you're in the clear. No fines.
[she continues reading from the folder]
LIBRARIAN: You borrowed the Conan Doyle collection. The complete Sherlock Holmes, is that right?
DANNY: Look, I've been through this before. It was nicked with my laptop at work ... I explained this to the woman that was here. I paid for a replacement. Look through your file, you'll see that.
LIBRARIAN: No, it's not that. It's just ... Mister, uh, Danny. I was looking through your file, and I was checking all the titles of the books you've withdrawn from us.
DANNY: Is there a problem I don't see?
LIBRARIAN: No, no problem. It's just, you've borrowed a lot of books. Lots. The classics are well covered, great historical novels, poetry. The Brontes, arts and music. Scottish authors, crime writers, sci fi, politics, theology! It's a very impressive list, you're extremely well read ... if you had read them.
DANNY: Yes, I've read them ... Well, most of them. Alright, one or two. Look, what is this about? You've called me into a library because I've been reading books?
[she laughs nervously]
LIBRARIAN: Sorry, it's just ...
[she stands up]
LIBRARIAN: I found it such an impressive list, and uh ... This is as embarrassing as I thought it would be! I thought, "Here's somebody who likes the same things as me." Somebody I would like to get to know. To talk to.
[she folds her hands]
LIBRARIAN: And I've always loved Robinson Crusoe.
[he laughs]
DANNY: I don't believe this ... You've called me in here because you fancy me 'cause of the books I've read?
LIBRARIAN: And because of your name.
DANNY: Oh sure, my name. Well, that makes a difference. I mean, now that you mention it, it's not mad at all!
LIBRARIAN: I know ... I knew it would sound weird, and I don't mean to freak you out, but it's just that I don't get to meet that many interesting people in this job.
DANNY: That's not really a reason for--
LIBRARIAN: It's mainly the Catherine Cookson brigade, Harry Potters, or the crime fiction fans. They are borderline autistic ... You seemed like somebody I could get on with, that's all.
[he suddenly smiles]
DANNY: Yeah, and you seem pretty decent yourself ... I mean, totally mad! But nice, I guess.
[she laughs]
DANNY: Well, maybe we could go for a drink sometime?
LIBRARIAN: You'd do that, even after ... this?
[she nervously flicks at her hair]
LIBRARIAN: W-Well, I'm free most nights ... Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday--
DANNY: I get it, enough ... Friday would be fine, I finish early on a Friday.
LIBRARIAN: How about the Castaway? It's the pub on the corner, you can see it from here ... See you Friday?
DANNY: Five thirty, the Castaway ...
LIBRARIAN: Five thirty's great! See you then!
[he turns to leave]
LIBRARIAN: Uh, what is it you do?
DANNY: You know enough about me already ...
[he leaves]



On June 21st 2011 over 200 five minute live performances were streamed on this site over 24 hours.

Thousands of people from all over the world joined the National Theatre of Scotland's 5th birthday celebrations by creating a truly exceptional online theatrical experience.

Case Study No. 0521: Kee Malesky

All Facts Considered
A short video by NPR librarian Kee Malesky to promote her book All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge.
Tags: NPR Librarians facts
Added: 2 years ago
From: johnwileysons
Views: 760

[scene opens with a man reading from a script, into a microphone]
SCOTT SIMON: I'm Scott Simon. As everyone knows, the Sahara is the largest desert in the world. A desert is any sandy place where the temperature is always high, and the sun beats down unrelentingly on your head.
[an older woman appears from off camera]
KEE MALESKY: Stop! Stop!
[she pushes him off camera, as a crashing sound is heard]
KEE MALESKY: That's not correct!
[she positions herself in front of the microphone]
KEE MALESKY: Antarctica is the largest desert in the world, because a desert is all about lack of precipitation, not about being hot and sandy.
SCOTT SIMON: [from off camera] Huh, thanks! Who knew?
KEE MALESKY: Anyone who has my book!
[she holds up the book]
KEE MALESKY: "All Facts Considered, the Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge," published by John Wiley and Sons, will save you from embarrassing moments, whether you're hosting a national news program, or just hanging out trying to impress your friends. Waddaya need to know? History, science, art? It's all here! Two hundred seventy seven carefully researched, properly organized, fully documented facts that will amuse, enlighten, inform, and maybe even shock you. Of course, the book doesn't actually contain all facts, but I did consider all facts, or as many as I could squeeze into one handy volume.
SCOTT SIMON: [from off camera] Hey, you got any facts in there about concussions?
[cut to a closeup of the book cover]
NARRATOR: No hosts were harmed in the making of this video ...



"All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge"
(New York : Wiley, 2010)

For the bestselling miscellany market, an NPR librarian's compendium of fascinating facts on history, science, and the arts

How much water do the Great Lakes contain? Who were the first and last men killed in the Civil War? How long is a New York minute? What are the lost plays of Shakespeare? What building did Elvis leave last? Get the answers to these and countless other vexing questions in a All Facts Considered. Guaranteed to enlighten even the most seasoned trivia buff, this treasure trove of "who knew?" factoids spans a wide range of intriguing subjects.

* Written by noted NPR librarian Kee Malesky, whom Scott Simon has called the "source of all human knowledge"
* Answers questions on history, natural history, science, religion, language, and the arts
* Packed with valuable nuggets of information, from the useful to the downright bizarre

The perfect gift for every inquiring mind that wants to know, All Facts Considered will put you at the center of the conversation as you show off your essential store of inessential yet irresistible knowledge.



Kee Malesky
NPR Librarian

NPR listeners often ask, "What is her name anyway - Keema Leski, Kim Alesky, Kay Marlenski, or what?" Her name is Kee Malesky, nee Christine Mary Shields, of Brooklyn, N.Y. The "Christine" became "Kee" when her youngest sister learned to talk, and because she thought it was a really cool name, she stuck with it.

With her colleagues in the Reference Library, Kee Malesky performs background research, answers fact-checking questions, finds experts and story ideas, and provides guidance to staff on grammar, usage, and pronunciations (but don't blame her when someone says "nook-yoo-ler"). She coordinates the library's internal News Wiki, and has also worked on special projects for NPR — producing Election Night briefing books, documenting the early history of the network, and assisting with journalist training projects.

Kee has been married since 1970 to Robert Malesky, who was the senior producer of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday for twenty years. However, they are not on the official "NPR Couples" list because they met and married before either of them came to NPR.

After several years as an administrative drudge for NPR, Kee abandoned the network to get her Masters degree in Library Science from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She had planned to find a position deep in an archive somewhere with no human contact, but was lured back to NPR by her friends in the Broadcast Library in 1984. After cataloguing NPR programs for three years, Kee became the staff librarian for the original version of NPR's arts magazine program, Performance Today, and then moved to the News Reference Library in 1990.

Breaking the Mold: The Kee Malesky Story (2003) is a completely fictional account of Kee's early life. Producer Josh Seftel, working on a documentary about environmental science, asked Kee for permission to use her name for the character, a high school girl who enjoys research and finds the solution to a house mold problem that is making people sick. Aired on PBS and at film festivals around the country, the short film has been well-received by reviewers and audiences. The Providence Journal called it "a zanily eccentric tale."

In 2009, Kee took some time off to write All Facts Considered; The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge (Wiley 2010), a compendium of interesting and unusual facts that she has accumulated during more than two decades answering questions for NPR reporters, editors, and hosts.

In her copious spare time, Kee collects books and New York City memorabilia, enjoys European travel, and works on her family genealogy. She was the subject of a chapter in Super Searchers in the News: The Online Secrets of Journalists and News Researchers (2000, Information Today Inc.) and co-authored the entry on "News Libraries" for the electronic edition of the Encyclopedia of Library & Information Science (2003). Kee has been a member of the adjunct faculty of Catholic University's School of Library and Information Science, and is active in the Special Libraries Association and in Beta Phi Mu, the international honor society of library science.

Case Study No. 0520: Miss Burke

Behind the Scenes with Tyra Banks - Shake It Up - Disney Channel Official
Tyra Banks guest stars Sunday, March 25 at 8:30/7:30c on Disney Channel!
Watch videos, play games, and learn how to dance like Rocky and CeCe at
Click the SUBSCRIBE button to get notification when new Disney Channel videos are posted!
Tags: shake it up disney channel dance bella thorne zendaya cece jones rocky blue chicago episodes deuce flynn gunther tinka
Added: 5 months ago
From: disneychannel
Views: 63,963

[scene opens with teen actress Zendaya speaking directly to the camera]
ZENDAYA: Hey, it's Zendaya here, and you're behind the scenes of a very special episode of "Shake It Up!"
[cut to co-star Bella Thorne speaking directly to the camera]
BELLA THORNE: Tyra Banks is coming to "Shake It Up" for one big night!
[cut to a scene from the show, as Rocky and Cece are sitting in the John Hughes High School library]
ROCKY: Isn't this the most exciting, most amazing thing ever?!
[the young female librarian (bun in her hair with pencils sticking out, thick glasses, dark blue eyeliner, argyle sweater) turns and loudly shushes them]
MISS BURKE: Shh! This is a library! People don't come here to talk, they come here to take naps!
[cut back to Zendaya speaking directly to the camera]
ZENDAYA: She's hilarious!
[cut back to Bella speaking directly to the camera]
BELLA THORNE: She has Zendaya and I crack up ...
[cut back to Zendaya speaking directly to the camera]
ZENDAYA: The librarian, who she plays as kind of like a hopeless romantic ...
[cut to another scene from the show in the school library]
MISS BURKE: I've always wanted to get engaged! Sometimes, when I'm bored, I draw a ring on my finger ...
[she shows the girls her left hand, which has a "ring" on the finger drawn in magic marker]
MISS BURKE: This one ... is princess cut!
[she shows them her right hand]
MISS BURKE: And this one ... is emerald cut!
[cut back to Zendaya speaking directly to the camera]
ZENDAYA: In the storyline, I'm trying to help Cece get her parents back together ...
[cut back to Bella speaking directly to the camera]
BELLA THORNE: And Tyra definitely gives us an idea for that ...
[cut to another scene from the show in the school library]
MISS BURKE: We need a plan!
MISS BURKE: Yeah, "we!"
[cut back to Zendaya speaking directly to the camera]
ZENDAYA: She had her crazy blue eye shadow!
[cut back to Bella speaking directly to the camera]
BELLA THORNE: And she had her hair all up in pencils!
[cut to another scene from the show in the school library]
ROCKY: I bet if you took off those glasses, and did your makeup ... well uh, not like that, you'd look just like a model.
[the librarian snorts and feigns shyness]
MISS BURKE: Oh, stop!
[she suddenly gets up and starts model walking, including doing a "seductive" shushing motion with her finger]
[cut back to Zendaya speaking directly to the camera]
ZENDAYA: You're gonna really love it!
[cut to the Disney Channel logo]
NARRATOR: [in voice over] Don't miss Tyra in a special all-new "Shake It Up!" Sunday, March 25th at 8:30, 7:30 Central, part of "Night of Premieres!"
[cut back to Bella speaking directly to the camera]
BELLA THORNE: On Disney Channel!



"Parent Trap It Up" is the sixteenth episode in season 2 of the Disney Channel series "Shake It Up", and the thirty-seventh of the overall series. It originally aired on March 25, 2012.

Rocky and CeCe find a ring in CeCe's dad's coat and are convinced he's about to re-propose to CeCe's mom. With the help of school librarian Miss Burke (Tyra Banks), they come up with a plan to create the perfect proposal moment. Meanwhile, Ty and Deuce go on a double date.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Case Study No. 0519: Doris Kimbell

Navy Blues Movie Part 1-8 [HD]
"Navy Blues" (1937)

A sailor (Dick Purcell) bets his friends he can date any woman he wants to. They pick out a librarian named Doris Kimbell (Mary Brian) with a reputation as a "cold fish", and when he pursues her he discovers that he has competition--and his rival (Edward Woods) has much more sinister intentions than he does.
Tags: Ralph Staub Dick Purcell Mary Brian Warren Hymer Joe Sawyer Edward Woods Navy Blues
Added: 1 year ago
From: luanacerceo304su
Views: 17

[four young sailors are on shore leave, and visit the "E.Z. Auto Rental Company" to rent a car and head for the Bluebird Dance Hall]
RUSTY: I'll take care of the transportation ...
CHIPS: We wanna rent a car.
AUTO RENTAL OWNER: Four sailor in one car? Where ya gonna sit the young lady?
CHIPS: We'll take care'a that, you just give us one with good strong springs!
[Russell "Rusty" Gibbs puts his arm around the owner's shoulders and leads him away from the group]
RUSTY: I'll handle this deal ...
[he stops in front of one of the cars]
RUSTY: Now, uh, how 'bout this jalopy?
AUTO RENTAL OWNER: Eleven cents a mile, and a dollar an hour.
RUSTY: [pause] You're dealing with the United States Navy!
AUTO RENTAL OWNER: Army, Navy, or Marines ... Eleven cents a mile, and a dollar an hour!
RUSTY: The Navy is our first line'a defense. It's the ring of floating steel that protects your home, your wife, and your children!
AUTO RENTAL OWNER: Haven't got any children, don't care about my wife, eleven cents--
RUSTY: I know, a dollar an hour ... No deal.
[he heads back to his friends]
CHIPS: Can we shove off for the Bluebird?
BIFF: Where else? I got a date to play patty-cake with that blonde!
RUSTY: Uh uh, that place is out!
CHIPS: Waddaya mean, that place is out? I got a reunion with that redhead, and it ain't in Vienna!
RUSTY: I'm taking over responsibility, ain't I? I'm renting the car!
GATELEG: Yeah, with our dough!
RUSTY: That's a minor detail ... I'm taking over the social end, too! I haven't missed yet, have I?
[they simply shrug, as Rusty walks off camera]
GATELEG: On ship and on shore, that geezer's head gets bigger and bigger ...
CHIPS: Yeah, and that goes for his mouth, too ... "I'll take charge! I'll do this! I'll do that!"
BIFF: Well, he comes through, don't he?
CHIPS: Luck, that's all!
[he suddenly smiles]
CHIPS: Say, I got an idea that'll cure that guy's big head and his big mouth in one treatment!
CHIPS: He's supposed to be a lady killer, ain't he?
CHIPS: I saw a dame in a public library once ...
CHIPS: Now don't get me wrong, boys, I just ducked in there outta the rain ...
CHIPS: Well, I took one gander at this dame and then ran right out again, rain or no rain!
BIFF: That bad?
CHIPS: Yeah, a bow-wow!
GATELEG: Uh, how does she fit in this scheme?
CHIPS: Like this ... I'll tell him that she's a pip, a knockout, a regular Miss America, and will he bite!
[they all laugh]
BIFF: Maybe he'll make a bet!
CHIPS: Biff, you got a brain!
GATELEG: It's the age'a miracles ...
[cut to Rusty arguing with the owner in his office]
RUSTY: But listen, mister--
RUSTY: But I gotta--
AUTO RENTAL OWNER: Nuthin' doin'!
RUSTY: Okay, it's a deal!
[he leaves and re-joins his shipmates]
GATELEG: [under his breath] Pipe down, here he comes ...
RUSTY: Okay, we're all set!
GATELEG: What's the tariff?
RUSTY: I beat him down to eleven cents a mile and a dollar an hour.
BIFF: [pause] It's a steal!
[they jump into the car, as Biff takes the wheel while Rusty and Chips jump into the back]
RUSTY: I smell fire ... Did you guys have me on the pan again?
[they all vehemently deny talking about him behind his back]
BIFF: Since it ain't the Blueboid, where are we headed?
RUSTY: Haven't made up my mind yet ... Drive through the park and we'll absorb the beauties of nature!
[Chips gives him a dirty look and folds his arms, as they drive off the lot (and the owner exits his office and tries to chase after them in vain)]
[cut to the four sailors on the road]
CHIPS: Speakin' of beauty, I know a gal here who's not only beautiful but she's got brains!
RUSTY: Just my type.
CHIPS: Yeah, that's what I was tellin' the boys.
RUSTY: Where ya been hidin' her? I'd like to meet her!
CHIPS: Hmph, wouldn't do you any good, uniform means nothing to her.
RUSTY: Say, you think that's all I get by on, is the uniform?!
CHIPS: That line you reel out to Goldie and those other dames wouldn't go with her!
RUSTY: You wouldn't like to make a little bet, wouldja?
CHIPS: Mouth money won't buy you anything, sailor! I'll tell you what, we'll give you until ... until the ship leaves to take her out.
RUSTY: Oh, I don't need that long!
CHIPS: No? How 'bout a week, then? And twenty five bucks if you do it.
RUSTY: Do what? Marry the girl?
CHIPS: Naw, that's too easy! Just take her to the Crow's Nest Cafe!
RUSTY: Twenty five bucks, even money?
CHIPS: Yeah, but since you ain't got twenty five bucks and not a chance of gettin' it ... you wash our shirts, our dungarees, and keep our shoes shined for a month!
[Rusty snaps his fingers]
RUSTY: You're on, it's a bet!
[cut to outside of the "Public Library Harbor Branch", as the sailors pull up and Chips points to the door]
CHIPS: In there, sailor!
[he gets out of the car]
RUSTY: A library, eh? Well, I've been in libraries before, they don't scare me!
CHIPS: Don't you think you need an introduction?
RUSTY: Comin' from you, Chips, that'd be a handicap!
[he starts walking up the stairs, then stops and turns]
RUSTY: Say, how will I know her?
CHIPS: She's got on a pair'a glasses as thick as cookies, you know the type!
[he leans back and laughs, as Rusty reluctantly makes his way into the building and finds a young (but plain-looking) female librarian at the front desk]
DORIS: What may I do for you?
[after giving a comically disgusted look, he composes himself]
RUSTY: I'd like something in the way of a book ...
DORIS: Any particular book, or just something in the way of a book?
RUSTY: I came for, uh ...
[he looks up at the shelf behind her and reads off the name of the first book he sees]
RUSTY: Hammersmith's "Advanced Algebra!" I have some studying to do.
[she takes the book off the shelf and hands it to him, as he looks at the spine]
RUSTY: Good ol' Hammersmith! Old books, y'know, are like old friends.
DORIS: Very interesting ...
[she picks up a pencil]
DORIS: May I have your name, please?
RUSTY: Russell J. Gibbs ... G-I-B-B-S.
DORIS: Seaman?
RUSTY: Well, I can't really say, 'cause I'm gonna be a midshipman very shortly, y'know.
DORIS: I don't know ... You may take the book to the table and read until closing time.
[she tries to go back to her work, but notices that Rusty is still standing there]
DORIS: Is there something else?
RUSTY: You let me know when it is closing time, woncha? Because when I get engrossed in a book, the hours just fly!
[he takes the book and sits down, then cut to Chips and Gateleg spying through the window (while standing on Biff's shoulders]
BIFF: How's he doin'? Sucker ...
[cut back to inside the library, as the librarian climbs a nearby ladder to reshelve a book, and Biff stares at her bare ankles (while giving an unimpressed look)]
[he then turns and sees his friends watching him ... the librarian soon notices them too, as they quickly scatter]
DORIS: Are those friends of yours?
RUSTY: We're in the same Navy ... Of course, when I'm an officer, they'll have to keep their distance!
DORIS: But you're not an officer yet?
RUSTY: Not exactly ... but it's just a matter of time and passing the examinations for Annapolis.
DORIS: Then you better get back to your algebra. We're closing shortly.
[she adjusts her glasses, then walks off]
[cut to the librarian at the front desk, as a young man approaches with a stack of books]
JULIAN: Good afternoon, Miss Kimbell.
DORIS: How do you do, Mister Everett? Are you taking any other books now?
JULIAN: I think not. I thought perhaps I'd wait, and you'd like to walk home.
DORIS: I'd love to!
JULIAN: Splendid! Meanwhile, I'd like to glance over Hammersmith's "Algebra" ...
DORIS: Oh, I'm sorry, it's being read.
[he gets a concerned look on his face]
JULIAN: You don't mean it's out of the library?
DORIS: No, that sailor has it.
JULIAN: Sailor?
[they look over to see Rusty dutifully writing down equations on a piece of paper ... or so they think, as the camera pans around to reveal him drawing doodles of the librarian]
JULIAN: Did he ask for it specifically?
DORIS: Yes, he seemed to know what he wanted.
JULIAN: Do you supposed he'd mind if I looked to see if I left some notes in it?
DORIS: I don't think so.
[he walks over to the table (as Rusty quickly hides his doodles)]
JULIAN: I beg your pardon.
RUSTY: What for?
JULIAN: May I look at this book for a moment?
[he slides it over, and Julian quickly flips through the pages before handing it back]
JULIAN: Thank you.
[he walks back to the front desk]
JULIAN: No ...
[he looks up at the clock on the wall]
JULIAN: Isn't it about time to close?
[she looks up at the clock (reading three o'clock), smiles, then flicks the lights on and off before heading to Rusty's table]
DORIS: I'm sorry, but we're about to close.
RUSTY: Right in the middle of a problem ...
DORIS: Oh, I'm terribly sorry.
RUSTY: I hate to go! There's something about a library--
DORIS: Well, you're welcome to come back anytime.
RUSTY: If I had another ten minutes, I'd have this problem pinned right to the mat!
DORIS: Well, if it's so important to you, I might wave a rule ...
[she picks up the book and hands it to him]
DORIS: You may take the book back to the ship with you.
RUSTY: Well, thanks a lot! I'd bring it back personally, if I knew your name ...
DORIS: Just bring it back.
[she adjusts her glasses again]
DORIS: Goodbye, Mister Gibbs.
[she walks off, then cut to the other sailors waiting outside]
GATELEG: Well, what's keepin' him? Told me just one look and he'd run ...
CHIPS: I dunno, he must be a glutton for punishment!
[cut back to inside the library, as Doris (with her hat and bag) walks up to Julian ... but Rusty butts in and (after adjusting the collar on her coat) carries the bag for her to the door]
[cut to outside the library, as Rusty exits the door and (after giving his shipmates a wink) waits for Doris and Julian to join him]
BIFF: Hey look, competition!
GATELEG: Every man to his taste ...
[they all walk off camera, leaving the sailors to stare in bemusement]
BIFF: It must be Thanksgivin' or somethin', she's all made up like a pilgrim!
GATELEG: It'll take a brave man to wheel that museum piece into the Crow's Nest!
[cut to Julian and Doris walking down the street (with Rusty close by)]
JULIAN: Oh, uh, shall we walk?
[Rusty steps in and takes Doris by the arm]
RUSTY: Why sure, it's a nice day for it!
JULIAN: I understand you're going to Annapolis.
RUSTY: Oh yeah ... not this minute!
[cut to the three of them walking up to Doris' house]
RUSTY: I suppose you're wondering whether it's proper to ask me in ...
[an older woman opens the door, so he lets himself in]
RUSTY: Nice homey atmosphere!
BEULAH: Well Julian, might you present your friend?
JULIAN: He's not my friend ...
BEULAH: Doris?
DORIS: Well--
RUSTY: Now, don't make any fuss on my account, folks! We were just walkin' and talkin' and here we are!
[he takes her hand and forcibly shakes it]
RUSTY: My name is Gibbs, Russell Gibbs!
DORIS: Uh, Mister Gibbs is a candidate for Annapolis. He came in to study some algebra.
[an older man, sitting in a nearby chair and reading a book, suddenly perks up]
ANDREW: Algebra? Algebra, why, I haven't heard that word in this house for years!
DORIS: Uh, this is Mister Gibbs. He's studying algebra for his entrance examinations to Annapolis. Uncle teaches mathematics at the central high school.
[Rusty shakes his hand]
RUSTY: Hiya, Unc!
ANDREW: Oh, nothing like algebra to tone up the mental process, is there young man?
RUSTY: Right you are, professor!
ANDREW: Yes! Uh, just have a seat over there, won't you Mister Gibbs?
[they sit down at a nearby table]
ANDREW: There's a quaint problem in quadratics I just ran across ...
RUSTY: Good ol' quadratics!
ANDREW: Mmm ...
[he puts on his glasses and looks at Rusty's book]
ANDREW: Oh, I see you're studying Hammersmith ... Well, you won't get much out of him!
RUSTY: That's just the way I feel about it!
ANDREW: An academic fraud, that Hammersmith!
RUSTY: Of the worst kind!
ANDREW: Mmm ...
[cut back to Doris standing at the door with her aunt and Julian]
BEULAH: Well, of course, Julian ... I knew you wouldn't take up with a common sailor!
[she gives Doris a withering look]
BEULAH: Doris, I'm surprised!
DORIS: And shocked too, I suppose ... Well, there's nothing common about Mister Gibbs! If he had his officer stripes, you'd be delighted to have him call!
[she turns and leaves, then cut back to Andrew and Rusty]
ANDREW: Now, since factoring A-square, we arrive at 2AB plus B-square minus A-square over 2AB ...
[Rusty gives a confused look (although Andrew is busy writing down the equation so he doesn't notice)]
ANDREW: Now, Hammersmith's contention is--
RUSTY: Sure, sure ...
[Doris walks over carrying a tray]
DORIS: School's over, Uncle!
ANDREW: Oh ...
DORIS: Here's your tea.
ANDREW: Uh, so you see how it is that the Euclidean science has degenerated!
RUSTY: Oh, it's all shot to pieces!
DORIS: Drink it, Uncle. Then you've got to take your nap.
RUSTY: Thanks, professor!
[he gets up, then extends his hand to Doris]
RUSTY: Goodbye.
[she shakes his hand]
DORIS: Goodbye.
RUSTY: I've had a nice instructive afternoon!
JULIAN: [from off camera] I'll see Mister Gibbs to the door.
RUSTY: Well, folks--
ANDREW: You'll be coming in tomorrow again, Gibbs? We'll go into quadratics still deeper!
RUSTY: Yes, sir! We'll dig right in!
ANDREW: Heh heh, we'll make an admiral of you yet! Well, goodbye!
RUSTY: See ya tomorrow!
[he goes to shake Beulah's hand, but she puts her arms behind her back ... so he walks to the door with Julian instead]
JULIAN: Oh, pardon me, Gibbs. Since you're coming back, you might as well leave that book.
[he points to the copy of Hammersmith, but Rusty shakes his head]
RUSTY: Oh, not Hammersmith, oh no! I'm hanging onto this baby ... So long!
[he exits]



"Navy Blues" is about the fortunes of sailor Ruty (Dick Purcell), a lady-killer whose ego irritates and exasperates his three cohorts - Chips (Joe Sawyer), Gateleg (Horace MacMahon), and Biff (Warren Hymer). Biff is a simple boxer, not too smart but very personable. He serves as Rusty's sidekick, and as all sidekicks, he is always in a state of befuddlement and blurts out what he knows when silence is the preferred course of action.

The trio, at Chips' suggestion, present a challenge that Rusty's ego cannot turn down. They put up 25 dollars against Rusty washing their outfits and shining their shoes for a month that he cannot take a woman - of their choosing - on a date to their favorite barrelhouse, Crow's Nest Cafe. Chips has already informed his two friends that he knows just the girl - "I saw a dame in a public liberry [Chips' enunciation] once. I just ducked in there out of the rain ... Well, I took one gander at this dame and then ran right out again, rain or no rain ... A bowwow."

They drive Rusty to the library, and when he asks about the woman, Chips replies, "She's got a pair of glasses as thick as cookies. You know the type." The three sailors break out in laughter as Rusty enters the building. Doris Kimbell (Mary Brian), the librarian, is behind the main desk, and Rusty immediately recognizes her. She is a brunette (side finger waves with bun at nape) with eyeglasses, and wears a dark long-sleeve blouse, a high stiff ruffle collar with a string bow, and a long skirt. Doris appears to be middle-aged, a dowdy spinster; she matches Chips' description.

Rusty attempts to engage her in a conversation at the desk, but she quickly dismisses his overtures. He selects a reference book at random, asks her to notify him at closing time, and sits at a table. Doris soon approaches a nearby stack area and uses a three-rung stepladder to shelve some books. As she stands on the second rung, Rusty glances at her ankle, at her complete figure; he then frowns and closes the book. This ladder scene is a feeble reenactment of the Lombard-Gable scene in "No Man of Her Own" five years earlier. Gable, however, is enthusiastic about Lombard's calf and ankle, while Rusty is grimacing at the thought of obtaining a date with this homely librarian.

Near closing time, Doris' beau, Julian Everett (Edward Woods) enters and offers to walk her home. Rusty exits the building accompanying Julian and Doris. The three sailors are still in front of the library, and Biff (looking at Doris) remarks "It must be Thanksgiving or something. She's all made up like a pilgrim." Gatelge rejoins, "It'll take a brave man to wheel that museum piece into the Crow's Nest." The trio stare at Rusty as he walks away with the couple.

When Doris, Julian, and Rusty arrive at Doris' home, Rusty enters the house; this upsets Doris' aunt, Beulah Wayne (Lucille Gleason), who approves of Julian. Rusty engages Doris' uncle Andrew (Chester Clute), a high school mathematics teacher, in a glib conversation about algebra, eliciting an invitation from Andrew to return the next day.

Rusty returns the following day and takes Doris to the beach. She projects the stereotypical image for the trip to the beach - eyeglasses, dark dress, small white collar and bow, black hat with feather, and a bun. While sitting on the rocks at the beach, Rusty manages to remove her glasses, remarking, "Say, what a difference." Doris admits that she can see without them, and as she turns to enjoy a view of the scenery without them, he sneaks a kiss, then drops her glasses, breaking them. He invites her to a dance on Wednesday, suggesting that she "take a good look in the mirror without your glasses ... Get yourself a permanent wave ... And then put on a dress that's got ... you know. And ... take off those shoes." She retorts the shoes are sensible. "That's the trouble with them," Rusty responds. Julian suddenly appears, remarking, "Why, I scarcely know you without your glasses." He invites Doris to a concert on Wednesday, but she is going dancing with Rusty.

Beulah forbids Doris to go with Rusty on Wednesday but permits her to go with Julian, and as Doris and Julian leave the house, Rusty intercepts them. Doris confronts him about having lied to her aunt and uncle, but Rusty cunningly leads her into believing that he's in naval intelligence - "I had to [lie to you] ... Men in my branch of the service take an oath ... Well, there's secrets in the Navy and men assigned to guard those secrets. Now do you understand?"

Doris, excited about the danger involved with intelligence service, agrees to accompany him to the Crow's Nest Cafe, where she believes he is going to a perilous meeting. Doris has completely transformed her image - new hairstyle and cute hat, a modern knee-length dress, V-neckline. At the cafe, Chips and Gateleg refuse to believe the attractive woman with Rusty is Doris. "He's trying to run in a ringer on us," Chips maintains. Rusty leaves Doris momentarily to speak with "his men"; Chips insists that they will "pay off on the librarian and nobody else," while Gateleg asks about her glasses. When Rusty rejoins Doris, Julian enters; Rusty takes his glasses and tells Doris to put them on so that she will not be recognized as they leave. When Chips and Gateleg see her in glasses, they realize she is the librarian. It is the last time she wears eyeglasses in the film.

Several days later when Rusty and Doris (again fashionably dressed) are on a dinner date, he attempts to explain his deceptions. Before Rusty can finish his apologies, Biff arrives and recommends that Doris receive a part of the bet for going along with it. Doris storms out of the restaurant with Rusty in pursuit. They take a taxi to her home and, on the stairs to the house, he tries to explain, severely wounding her feelings by saying, "Sure I made that bet. Whey else would I have bothered with a freak like you." "A freak!" Doris shouts at him. Rusty continues tactlessly, "Well that's what you were. I changed you over from a crow, a bookworm, made you into a girl that can take her pick of anything." They exchange recriminations; Rusty tells her to go back to Julian, "He's just your speed," as she closes the door in his face.

As Rusty leaves the house, a German espionage group kidnaps him, believing that he is in naval intelligence. When he refuses to answer questions, several gang members go to the library and kidnap Doris, assuming that she may have the information they need. Seeing Rusty when she enters the hideout, Doris immediately blames him, but other gang members soon arrive with her uncle in custody. The Germans receive an order to assassinate a baron arriving at a nearby airport, and Julian (a member of the Nazi gang) remains to guard the prisoners. Rusty overpowers Julian, and with Doris and Andrew, rushes to the airport, foiling the assassination plot. Rusty receives a promotion to the rank of warrant officer. As they celebrate the happy ending, Rusty and Doris express their love for one another and plan to wed as soon as they can obtain a license.

Case Study No. 0518: Flippy

Happy Tree Friends-Random Acts of Silence (AT ANIME GORE PROJECT & EM GORE BY MEDIAMASTERS)
Don't forget to be quiet in the library. When Flippy is the librarian, it might save your life.

-Mondo Media
-Twin Princess
-Highschool of the Dead
-Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
-Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
-McAfee Spy Princess (Millimages)

Tags: happy tree friends HappyTreeFriends MondoMedia
Added: 1 month ago
From: Dokurochanofthedead1
Views: 281


Random Acts of Silence
Aired: August 2, 2012
Writers: Ken Pontac, Warren Graff, Kenn Navarro
Director: Kenn Navarro
Starring: Flippy ("Fire fried food is a feast for a famished soldier"), Nutty, Mime, Sniffles

"Random Acts of Silence" is an episode of "Happy Tree Friends," the nineteenth of Internet season 3, and the seventy-third overall.

At the library, Nutty whispers something to Sniffles and they both laugh. The librarian, Flippy, hushes them. Mime walks in and drags a chair, and the noise alerts Flippy. He appears in front of Mime and takes away the chair, replacing it with another chair with wheels.

Just as Flippy gets back to his work, Mime makes more noise by adjusting the chair's height with the lever. Flippy walks back and replaces the chair with a row of books, much to Mime's dismay. Mime disturbs the bear once more by sharpening a pencil. Tapping his shoulder, Flippy pulls out a machete. He uses it to quietly sharpen the pencil and then returns it to Mime.

Meanwhile, Sniffles and Nutty try sneaking out of a door. They accidentally activate an alarm which causes Flippy to flip out. Flippy appears behind Sniffles and impales him through the eyes with two pencils. Then he knocks out Nutty with a book, and the screen fades black.

Nutty awakes to find himself on a table, with his arm in a pencil sharpener. Flippy shreds Nutty to death and then walks off to find another victim. Mime walks in, carrying some papers, then sees the horror. Before he could get away, Flippy grabs hold of him. Using one of the papers, he slices Mime in the eye. Mime backs up on the wheeled chair and Flippy spins it around. Using his machete, Flippy skins Mime as the chair spins.

Flaky is then seen returning a book to the library. Flippy stamps blood on it using Nutty's arm and chuckles evilly. As the episode ends, he gives one final "Shhhh".

A Mondo Shows Production
Executive Producer: John Evershed
Created by: Rhode Montijo & Kenn Navarro
VP of Animation & Business Development: Aaron Simpson
Writers: Ken Pontac, Warren Graff, Kenn Navarro
Art & Animation: Kenn Navarro
Sound: Jim Lively
Voices: Aubrey Ankrum, Michael "Lippy" Lipman, Liz Stewart
Theme Song: rj Eleven
Music Composed and Performed by: Jerome Rossen, Freshmade Music
Web Producer: Cliff Malloy
Web Engineer: Damian Nelson
Content Manager: Zdravomir "Z" Staykov
Creative Director: Dean MacDonald

"There are times when silence has the loudest voice."

1. Sniffles is impaled through the eyes with two pencils.
2. Nutty is shredded to death through a pencil sharpener.
3. Mime's skin is carved off. (debatable, since Flaky had the same injury in "Class Act" and survived)

* This episode was announced on Twitter and Tumblr.
* Mime's death is similar to Nutty's death in Party Animal, also caused by Flippy.
* At the beginning of the episode, Truffles is briefly seen facing back at a book shelf.
* Ironically, the character who is known for being silent (Mime) made the most noise in this episode (as referenced in the moral).
* It can be assumed that, like Flaky, Sniffles and Nutty are now aware of Flippy's flip-outs. They appear to be trying to sneak out of the library after several instances of Mime agitating Flippy, knowing that the latter may flip-out due to his stress.
* In a further example of irony, Sniffles and Nutty attempted to escape before Mime made Flippy flip out, only for their attempt to be the cause of Evil Flippy's emergence.
* This is one of the few episodes that Flaky did not scream or get scared - although she was likely moments away from it when she saw the carnage in the library.
* Mime's death is similar to Flaky's injuries in Class Act, and her death in Let it Slide.
* Flaky has, once again, survived an episode with Evil Flippy. Interestingly, this puts her in a similar position to Lumpy - both seem to have a tendency to live through episodes starring Flippy (or at least not die at his hands), and occasionally outlive him. Additionally, both Flaky and Lumpy have killed Flippy once (in Without A Hitch and Remains To Be Seen, respectively) and been killed by Flippy once (in Happy Trails Part 2 and Keepin' it Reel, respectively).
* This is one of a few episodes that Flippy flips out without any memories of the war.
* Flippy hushing Mime is the same thing he did in Keepin' it Reel.
* Even though you can't hear him, this marks one of the two times Nutty has spoken instead of just making sounds.The other time was in As You Wish
* If you listen carefully when Flippy cut Mime's eye, you'll hear Mime apparently scream, or it may be the sound of the paper cutting through his eye.
* Sniffles' laugh is similar to his evil laugh from Tongue in Cheek.



Flippy is one of the main characters in the "Happy Tree Friends" series. He has been liked by many fans over the years and he is often the base for HTF fanart, fanfictions, and fan characters. Because of this he is considered to be the most popular character in the series.

Flippy is a green male bear. He wears dog tags around his neck and a green beret with checkered crest on his head. He is a retired veteran soldier in the Army. He fought in the Weaponized Animal Regiment (The W.A.R), and he has an obsession with making booby traps inspired by the Viet Cong, as well as a flashback of his experience of being held captive by them (as seen in Easy For You to Sleigh). In addition, his attire seems to resemble to the U.S. Army Special Forces, which played a role during the Vietnam War. As he fought for years, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. According to writer Warren Graff, Flippy is mostly based on John Rambo.

Flippy is the character in the series to cause the deaths of other characters on purpose in every episode which he appears, at least when he "flips out" (except Without a Hitch and Autopsy Turvy (Double Whammy Part 2), where all of his kills happen by accident). He has a severe case of post traumatic stress disorder. Whenever he sees or hears something that reminds him of war (e.g., gunshot-like sounds or crackling campfires), he goes insane and kills everyone around him and sometimes himself, believing that he is still in war (it's likely that this is a split personality that he developed as a result of his experience in war judging from him basically becoming someone else in most of his appearances, not even being himself while flipped out and the few instances he resisted his evil side during Double Whammy and Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow). While flipped-out, several physical features about him change: his eyes turn a different color, usually green or yellow, his voice changes from high and cute to low and evil, and his teeth become sharp. In the early Internet shorts, his teeth simply became crooked. In later episodes when he flips-out he blinks changing his pupils from normal pac-man pupils to round pupils, his irises turn green (sometimes yellow), his voice deepens into an angry growl, and his teeth get sharp; there has even been an instance (Remains to be Seen) where his eyes became small, circular, with a light blue iris. If he is in his evil state, he (along with Lumpy, The Mole, Cro-Marmot and Nutty) doesn't have Pac-Man shaped pupils. When he is flipped out, he is known as Evil Flippy , or in W.A.R. Journal as Fliqpy.

Although Flippy can be the most cruel and dangerous character in Happy Tree Friends when "flipped-out", in his normal state, he is considered to be one of the most sociable and kindest of characters. This is proven in several episodes where he is seen doing social activities with some of the other characters such as going to the movies and playing hide and seek. In most of the episodes where he appears, he is shown as a friendly individual before he goes insane, or as many people say, "flipping-out", hence his name. Additionally, when he "flips-out", he doesn't remember the bloody rampage that follows. However, in Double Whammy Part 1, (and possibly Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow when he resists his evil side for the first time) he finally realizes his problem and goes to Lumpy the psychiatrist for answers. After three attempts to cure him, Lumpy fails. At the end of the episode Autopsy Turvy (Double Whammy Part 2), Flippy finally cures his post tramatic stress disorder, but is run over soon after by a chicken truck.

He appears to be good friends with Flaky as they are shown doing activities together like going to the movies, playing hide and seek, and going camping. Although Flippy has killed Flaky several times, he didn't kill her in Party Animal or Random Acts of Silence, while she was vulnerable. Flaky's scream snapped him out of his flipped-out mode in Double Whammy Part 1. Despite that they appear to be good friends, Flaky develops a phobia of him in the later episodes. She gets so scared of him, that she gathers the courage to kill him, going to the point where she stabs him in fear, when he tries to help her in Without A Hitch. As of Random Acts of Silence, Sniffles and Nutty also seem to be aware of Flippy's flip-outs, when they tried sneaking out of the library as Flippy got agitated by Mime.

Case Study No. 0517: Ben Wilcott, Man of Mystery

The Intergalactic Nemesis Now On Tour
After a huge opening in Austin to rave reviews, The Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth hits the road!
Tags: live-action graphic novel comic-book graphic novel Graham Reynolds performance
Added: 1 year ago
From: jneulander
Views: 15,974

[a still image from the radio play version of "Intergalactic Nemesis" is shown, as dramatic music plays]
ANNOUNCER: First, it was a radio play.
[cut to a still image from the graphic novel version]
ANNOUNCER: Then, a graphic novel.
[cut to scenes from the stage production, with images from the graphic novel flashing on a giant screen behind the performers]
ANNOUNCER: Now, it's a live stage show ...
[cut to the three main actors speaking on stage]
TIMMY: But how did you possibly know?
BEN: You forget, Timmy ... I'm from the future. And by the Archive, I'm a librarian!
[the audience laughs and applauds, as the camera focuses on the "comic book" version of Ben Wilcott on the screen]
NARRATOR: The year is 1933 ... Are you ready for the adventure?
["The Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth ... Now on Tour!" appears on screen]



What began in the 1990s as a traditional radio play at a coffee shop in Austin, Texas, has morphed from a radio play, to a graphic novel, to a live performance. The Intergalactic Nemesis is now traveling around the country with three actors, one foley artist, one keyboardist and 1,200 graphic novel images. Audiences show up not quite sure what to expect — but they often leave smiling.

To set the stage: It's 1933, there's a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, an evil hypnotist, a time-traveling librarian and alien sludge monsters. The radio play, says producer and director Jason Neulander, started simply, with scripts, a few actors and some crazy noises.

"There was literally a sound for everything," Neulander says — for example, the sound of hypnotism, which the foley artist creates by whirling around two toy plastic tubes.

Eventually the Intergalactic Nemesis crew teamed up with a graphic artist. Neulander says it was fun mixing two old forms originally created in the '30s — radio plays and comics — but he says, "without contemporary technology this production would not be possible." He recently had to buy a new computer because the old one did not have the processing power to run the slide show.

Chris Gibson plays nine characters in the show. He has four death scenes. He says he loves being encouraged to overact and go "as far as you possibly can." And he does — putting on outrageous accents and creating hellish, horrific voices.

Tim Keough, who is studying acting, recently saw the show at the East Village Cinema in New York. He says his girlfriend, a comic illustrator, bought the tickets to surprise him. "I had no idea of what I was walking into," Keough says. "[It] kind of blew my mind. The sound effects — you could feel you were in the cave; it felt like an alien planet with sludge on the walls."

It's not often audiences get the chance to see sound effects being made in front of them, and show-goers were riveted by foley artist Buzz Moran. "I absolutely loved the use of children's toys for the sound effects," says Jason Arias, who also saw the show in New York.

Moran coaxes surprising new sounds from familiar old toys. He takes a child's slide whistle and blows into a different area to create a gas jet for an alien planet. He takes a toy that allows children to change their voices and makes the microphone feed back into the speaker, creating a laser effect. A child's train whistle coupled with a box of macaroni and cheese makes for a very convincing approaching train.

Neulander says The Intergalactic Nemesis connects with his inner 12-year-old. His favorite movie is (still) Star Wars, and and he loves pulp science fiction from the 1930s and '40s. He's not bothered by the critique that there's no deep purpose or moral in the show.

"Sometimes it's important to just have an escape," Neulander says. "Life can be hard, and I feel like right now, in the times we are in, it really can't hurt to have an opportunity for a couple of hours — for people from 7 to 70 and older — to go in the theater and escape from their daily lives and go on a pure, unadulterated adventure."



Ben Wilcott, Man of Mystery

Ben Wilcott is a man of mystery. He claims to be a librarian from Flagstaff, Arizona, but no one can find a record of him working at the Flagstaff Public. And he sure fights better than most librarians. Ben's the guy who breaks the story about the Zygonian invasion. He leads Molly to Tunis to the sinister Central Hive, base of operations for the impending attack. With the help of his personal high-resolution lucidator (PEARL) and his wrist computer, only Ben Wilcott has what it takes to beat the alien sludge monsters. But can he convince Molly and Timmy that he's not a madman?



Real Name: Ben Wilcott

Type: Human

Sex: Male

Age Range: 45-55

Birthplace: Arizona

Day Job: Librarian

First Appeared In: The Intergalactic Nemesis #2

Created By: Jason Neulander



The Intergalactic Nemesis is a hilarious, uplifting adventure of heroes-by-circumstance overcoming impossible odds. The year is 1933. Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott face the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon. This period-sci-fi-horror-suspense-comedy-romance is presented in a whole new format: while three actors, one Foley artist, and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, more than 1,000 hand-drawn, full-color, hi-res, blow-your-mind comic-book images blast from the screen, all performed LIVE. This show is appropriate for all ages.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Case Study No. 0516: Robert Joel "Joe" Halderman

N.Y. Region - New Rikers 'Librarian' Looks Familiar -
Robert Halderman was arrested last fall on charges of extorting David Letterman.

Related Article:
Tags: the new york times nyt video city room n.y. regio rikers mail librarian letterman robert halderman arrested extortion economic
Added: 2 years ago
From: TheNewYorkTimes
Views: 440

["Street Takes, City Room" appears on screen, then cut to inside Rikers Island Prison, as Robert Halderman is being interviewed]
ROBERT HALDERMAN: I've been here ... This is my fifth week, and I think I've read seven books. But one of them I read two and a half times, because it was the only book I had when I came in.
[he laughs, then cut to a screengrab of the New York Daily News website with the headline "Pals shocked Robert 'Joe" Halderman would concoct David Letterman extortion scheme"]
ROBERT HALDERMAN: [in voice over] It took awhile for me to get anything else!
[cut to a screengrab of the New York Times website with the headline "Letterman Extortion Raises Questions for CBS"]
INTERVIEWER: [in voice over] This is Robert Halderman, the CBS news producer who was arrested and indicted last fall for trying to extort two million dollars from David Letterman.
[cut back to Halderman being interviewed]
INTERVIEWER: [from off camera] What book was it?
ROBERT HALDERMAN: It was, uh, "The Girl Who Played with Fire" by Stieg Larsson.
[cut to an image of the book cover]
ROBERT HALDERMAN: [in voice over] I read it two and a half times, until I got another book.
[cut back to Halderman being interviewed]
ROBERT HALDERMAN: I brought it when I got sentenced. On the day I sentenced, I had it with me in the courtroom.
[cut to a screengrab of the New York Times website with the headline "Producer Pleads Guilty in Letterman Extortion Case", then back to Halderman as he hands out books to fellow inmates]
INTERVIEWER: [in voice over] Now, Mister Halderman loves to read, and you might think that his recent sentencing to six months in Riker's Island, after pleading guilty to second degree grand larceny, might cut into his access to books. But as it happens, as part of his mandatory work detail at Riker's, he got assigned to librarian duties at the makeshift branch that the New York Public Library runs at the jail.
[cut back to Halderman being interviewed]
ROBERT HALDERMAN: This library, for a lot of the inmates, gives them an opportunity to get books that otherwise they're not gonna be able to have. And there are a lotta guys here that do want to read, and unfortunately there's not a lotta guys ... Well, there's some guys that don't have any other access to books other than this library.
[cut to footage of the prison-slash-gymnasium]
INTERVIEWER: [in voice over] The library, which is set up weekly in the gymnasium of one of Riker's lockups, is an expansion of what was once just a small collection of books on a cart pushed from cell block to cell block.
[cut to a male librarian ("Nicholas Higgins, New York Public Library") standing behind the table of books, speaking directly to the camera]
NICHOLAS HIGGINS: I think we've been successful, really, instead of replicating a library experience, as best we can. Um, y'know, in a jail setting, and they're allowed to take a book and a magazine, and then this works as a regular library. Next week, we come in, we exchange the books with the guys, talk about what they like to read, um, try to get them the books that they want ...
INTERVIEWER: [from off camera] What is the most popular book?
NICHOLAS HIGGINS: Uh, right now, "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" is probably the most popular book. Um, and we burn through paperback dictionaries, which we can never have enough of those.
[cut back to Halderman being interviewed]
ROBERT HALDERMAN: A dictionary is a really valuable commodity in here, because the guys who do read or if they're writing a letter or if they're doing something, a lotta these guys are doing something on their case or something. Like a guy came in here the other day, wanted to know the definition of "concurrent." I mean, y'know, you'd think they'd know what "concurrent" is ...
INTERVIEWER: [from off camera] Yeah, right.
ROBERT HALDERMAN: But, so ... Y'know, having a dictionary is valuable. So I have been, I mean basically I think because I'm old, uh, I get asked a lotta questions. So you're sitting there reading and, y'know, it's sort of a constant interruption. There's a lotta downtime in here, and uh, so the opportunity for these guys to get books that they wanna read, that helps them, y'know, pass the time and stay outta trouble is a good thing.
INTERVIEWER: [from off camera] Do they ask you for ... do you give suggestions?
INTERVIEWER: [from off camera] And what would you give, is it based on what you think the person would like, or just something that you read?
ROBERT HALDERMAN: Well, I mean, like I'll ask this guy ...
[he walks over to a prisoner browsing the books]
ROBERT HALDERMAN: Like, y'know, what do you usually read?
ROBERT ZADEL: Me? Um, I like ... I dunno. Y'know, I've done a lotta time over the years, so it--
[he shrugs]
ROBERT ZADEL: I like, I don't really go towards the sci-fi stuff.
INTERVIEWER: [from off camera] Yeah.
ROBERT ZADEL: Um, like, for example ...
[he points to a box of books on the table]
ROBERT ZADEL: Like, sayin' as I read like almost all of this stuff at one point. And then I'll go on a different kick for a different writer. It might be Grisham, I read almost all of his--
ROBERT HALDERMAN: How about Jonathan Kellerman? Have you read--
ROBERT ZADEL: Yeah, Kellerman's great. Him and his wife.
ROBERT ZADEL: Very good, both of them very good writers. It just depends. I see a lotta the ... A lotta the young kids, they like to go more towards the ethnicity.
ROBERT HALDERMAN: Right. "Hood" books, yeah.
ROBERT ZADEL: Like, those "hood" stories, whatever ... Hey look, if it's gonna get 'em into reading, y'know what I mean?
[Halderman laughs]
ROBERT ZADEL: If that's what it gets, to get 'em into reading, y'know ... Hopefully they'll go to something eventually that's a little more diverse, y'know. But if that gets 'em started, then fine.



June 25, 2010, 2:58 pm
A Library for Those With Plenty of Time to Read

It seemed like ordinary book club conversation: The cheerful man with short-cropped graying hair stood gabbing with a ponytailed chap on the merits of novels by John Grisham and Jonathan Kellerman.

But this was not your ordinary book club setting this recent weekday. The men were at a special "standing library" run by the New York Public Library at Rikers Island, and they both wore green jumpsuits with the letters "DOC" on the back, for New York City's Department of Correction.

The cheerful man was none other than Joe Halderman, the CBS news producer charged last fall with trying to extort $2 million from David Letterman. He pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny and was sentenced last month to six months in jail.

Jail has certainly not cut into Mr. Halderman's reading time, nor his access to books. As part of his mandatory work detail, he has been assigned as an inmate librarian at a makeshift library branch started in March and run by Nicholas Higgins, 32, the supervising librarian of the library's Correctional Services Program.

Every week - usually on Thursdays - Mr. Higgins takes a city bus to Rikers Island, lugging a sack of books that inmates have requested. He heads to the Eric M. Taylor Center, one of the nine jails on Rikers Island, and moves about 2,000 books shelved neatly in plastic bread crates out of jail storage and into the center's gymnasium.

They are organized into categories. One recent weekday, the classics section included works by Shakespeare, Hemingway and Bukowski. There were two copies of "Crime and Punishment."

Inmates were brought down from one section of the jail at a time and browsed the books. One of them, John Ferris, a 41-year-old Brooklyn man sentenced for stealing a car, was looking at books about auto repair - not so he could steal another car when released in August, he said, but so he could get a job at a garage.

The inmates showed their jail identification to one of the librarians who logged their names and books. Then they sat in plastic chairs with rounded edges, reading their books, waiting to be taken back to their cells.

"Being able to read helps keep incidents down and keeps the inmates' minds occupied because they're doing something constructive," said Juan Rosado, a corrections officer who helps inmates access the library. "It helps keep their minds at ease, and helps avoids fights." The program has been credited by the city's corrections commissioner, Dora Schriro, with keeping inmates focused on learning and enrichment, and with curtailing fights, misbehavior and other distractions.

Mr. Rosado paused and called for nearby officers to bring down more inmates: "Hey, call 11-Lower and tell them to get ready for library."

Back at the cramped cubicles that Mr. Higgins and his staff use at the library's Mid-Manhattan branch, a part-time staff member, Luis Torres, and an intern, Sarah Ball, scrambled to fill inmates' book requests and put them aside - "Black Panthers for Beginners," "Soul on Ice," "In Cold Blood" and more.

Other tasks including cutting the covers off hardcover books, to comply with jail regulations. Jail guards also spot-check books for "messages written into them," Mr. Higgins said.

"Some people might ask, 'Why are you giving them books? They're bad guys,'" Mr. Higgins said. "But if they're reading Harry Potter, they're not going to get into trouble."

Mr. Higgins also wheels a cart loaded with books around several other jails on Rikers Island. This includes serving inmates in solitary confinement in a section nicknamed "the Bing." While other inmates are limited to borrowing one book and one magazine apiece, inmates in the Bing are allowed an extra book.

"They have more time alone and more of a need for books," Mr. Higgins explained. "And we always get them back. The Bing has a very high return rate."

Typically, inmates in solitary write down their book requests for Mr. Higgins to fill. "We've had guys just write down that 'I want a thick book,'" he said, adding that one inmate who was overjoyed to borrow a book told Mr. Higgins that he was so bored that he had "spent the previous week counting the hairs on his arm."

One inmate in the Bing was delighted that Mr. Higgins was able to fulfill his request for some Homer, and the epic poem "Gilgamesh."

Mr. Higgins's unit is also something of a reference desk for city and state inmates. It answers perhaps 60 letters a week requesting information about laws and statutes relating to inmates' appeals or the services they may seek upon their release, he said. Other inmates write seeking information on family members or friends. There are strict regulations regarding information that library officials may provide, Mr. Higgins said.

The unit also provides library orientation programs to state prisons and publishes Connections, a free guide to post-prison services for inmates. The unit also brings children's librarians to Rikers to read to the sons and daughters of female inmates who are permitted to live at the jail's nursery.

The library's prison program has no budget to buy books and must rely on donations from individuals and library branches. The most requested kinds of books, Mr. Higgins said, are so-called urban books, or "street lit" - what inmates call "hood books."

"A lot of inmates come in and just say, 'I want a hood book,'" he said.

The most popular magazine is National Geographic, and among mainstream authors, James Patterson is "by far" the most popular request, Mr. Higgins said, adding, "They also like books with conspiracy theory plots."

He said the two most requested books among inmates were "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" and any kind of dictionary.

Back at the jail, Mr. Halderman explained that many inmates used dictionaries to figure out words they needed to know to explore appealing their convictions.

Mr. Halderman approached the inmate with the ponytail, who was scrutinizing titles of mainstream fiction. "What do you usually read?" he asked the man, Robert Zadel, 43, of Riverhead, N.Y., who is serving a sentence for shoplifting. ("It was petty larceny, but I have a 30-page rap sheet," Mr. Zadel said.)

Mr. Halderman held up a copy of Michael Crichton's "Prey" to another inmate and said, "Have you read this one? It's great."

Mr. Halderman, who is due out in September, said he enjoyed working at the library. "For me, it's an opportunity to be around books, though I do get books sent from family and friends," he said.

He would not discuss his criminal case, but was happy to chat about his book preferences, including, recently, some of Hemingway's journalistic works, like "Hemingway on Hunting" and the new Scott Turow book, "Innocent."

"No pun intended," he said with a laugh after saying the title.

Case Study No. 0515: The Mad Librarian

September 2010 Installment of Lost Trailer Park: Never Coming Attractions. Watch out for the Mad Librarian in "LIBURIED". Are you ready for the next chapter in terror?
Tags: September 2010 Installment of Lost Trailer Park: Never Coming Attractions. Watch out for the Mad Librarian in LIBURIED. Are you ready next chapter terror? grindhouse gore sov horror movie preview previews from hell mad ron 80s splatter
Added: 1 year ago
From: thelosttrailerpark
Views: 721

[scene opens outside of the Albert S. Cook Library, then cut to inside the library as a young female librarian (glasses, hair in a bun, yellow cardigan sweater) runs her fingers along the spines of the books on the shelf]
NARRATOR: She seemed like such a sweet lady ...
[the scene freezes, and the camera zooms in on her face as ominous music plays]
NARRATOR: But you can never judge a book by its cover!
[cut to the librarian at the front desk, as a young female patron hands her a book and smiles]
[the librarian stares at her coldly, as the patron's smile slowly fades away]
MAD LIBRARIAN: [calmly] This book is overdue.
NARRATOR: Are you ready for the next chapter in terror?
[cut to a young male patron sitting in the library, talking on his cellphone]
MALE PATRON 1: Nah, it's cool, man. I'm at the library.
[the librarian walks up behind him]
MALE PATRON 1: Yeah, that place. With the books.
MAD LIBRARIAN: No talking in the library!
[she gets a crazed look on her face, then grabs him and pulls out his tongue with her bare hands]
[cut to the librarian pulling a book off the shelf, as the camera zooms in and "Liburied! (c) 2010 Midnight Crew Studios" appears on screen]
NARRATOR: Liburied!
[cut to another male patron opening a book, but he opens it too fast and the spine rips]
MALE PATRON 2: Aw, fiddlesticks!
[the librarian suddenly appears and grabs the book out of his hands]
MAD LIBRARIAN: You broke the spine!
[she grabs him with one hand and tears his head clean off (with the spine still attached), then laughs maniacally]
[cut to the librarian walking calmly through the stacks, as the female patron from before is quickly trying to back away and screams in fright]
[she puts a finger to her lips and forcefully shushes her, then cut to a closeup of the female patron as the scene freezes]
NARRATOR: Liburied!
[cut to the librarian violently stamping a book ("Due Date Oct 31 2010")]
NARRATOR: Check it out!

Midnight Crew Studios presents ... "Liburied"
Starring Leana Chamish, Lauren Lakis, Kyle Watson, Wade Brown
Written, Directed, and Edited by Chris LaMartina
Voice Over by Andrew Shearer



On set, they call me the "PUN-isher"... its a badge I wear proud and with that in mind, get ready for as many book/library puns as I could come up with for...


To be completely honest, I wasn't inspired by too many other trailers for this one. I didn't watch anything before I shot it... and I can't really think of any "library" horror flicks... which I find pretty shocking, actually. I do, however, really like the weird distortion of the image that occur when I shot with HVX fully zoomed out at close range... it looks like the opening scene from that long forgotten 80s trash-slasher flick, "Matthew".

I guess the closest influence would be stuff like "Ice Cream Man" with Clint Howard or "The Dentist"... all those "great" mid-90s quasi-slashers. So... okay, they're not exactly from the grindhouse era... but I can't break my cycle of mucking up the trailers with scratches, dust, and gate weave. So, get over it...


We didn't have permission to shoot in the library... duh. It was that of my alma matter, Towson University... where I also shot part of my first flick, "Dead Teenagers" and a scene for my second, "Book of Lore".

We snuck in with a cast/crew of six and proceeded to take over the fifth floor... until some eager students and a few tours of prospective freshmen showed up. We shot the gore scenes pretty quick. As you can tell, Lauren's scream is dubbed in (poorly)... because despite being otherwise completely irresponsible... I do value the "quiet" rules of the library.

Kyle (tongue-cell phone dude) and Wade (spine guy) have small roles in "Witch's Brew" and Lauren (our "final girl) is one of the lead witches in "Witch's Brew". Leanna, our mad librarian, is a staple of the East Coast microbudget scene and she kicks ass! She was in my film, "Grave Mistakes" and I love seeing her act crazy!

Leanna Chamish... Mad Librarian
Lauren Lakis... Final Girl
Kyle Watson... Cell Phone Guy
Wade Brown... Spine Breaker

Written, directed, and edited by Chris LaMartina
Voice-Over by Andrew Shearer