Librarian film is a turn-up for the books

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A FILM which aims to shatter stereotypes of librarians is to be screened for free in Edinburgh.

Free screenings, open to the public, of The Hollywood Librarian will be shown at Napier University in conjunction with the institution's Scottish Centre for the Book. The film is the first full-length documentary to focus on the work and lives of librarians.

Using the entertaining and appealing context of American movies, the film holds surprises for people who may think they know what librarians do.

Professor Alistair McCleery, director of the Scottish Centre for the Book, said: "The Hollywood Librarian is inspirational in the stories it tells of dedicated professionals at odds with some of their cinema stereotypes."

The film features interviews with real librarians interwoven with movie clips of cinematic librarians which serve as transitions between the themes of censorship, intellectual freedom, children and librarians, pay equity and funding issues, and the value of reading.

The first free screening takes place at Napier's Craiglockhart Campus tonight at 8pm followed by screenings at Screen Academy Scotland, Merchiston Avenue, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm.

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