Friday, August 1, 2008

Tomes and Talismans Episode 1

How do you teach children to use the library? A post-apocalyptic library education show from the 1980s called Tomes and Talismans, of course!

From Wikipedia:

"In 2123 humanity is evacuating Earth for the White Crystal Solar System, due to an attack carried out by the nefarious Wiper race, a group of aliens that appear to be little more than run-of-the-mill trailer trash. A special group is preparing a complete library of all Human knowledge which is hidden underground. Here, all fiction and non-fiction books are sorted by an alphabetical and numerical ordering system but an important volume is missing. A desperate search for it begins in the library in the outskirts of the city. The library team leader Ms. Bookhart, played by Niki Wood, is stranded in her bookmobile and is suddenly metabolically suspended for 100 years by a being known only as 'The Universal Being.' She awakens in a world under the control of beings known as 'The Wipers' and is discovered by another group of extraterrestrials in the form of four children known as 'The Users.' The children, along with Ms. Bookhart, rediscover the hidden library and in the course of the series she teaches them how to use it. In turn, they discover how to defeat 'The Wipers' and create a communicator to call the Human refugees back to Earth."

Episode 1, Part 1

Episode 1, Part 2

Episode 1, Part 3

On a related note, does anyone remember the school filmstrip about taking care of books with happy and sad books? The scene where the frowning book is left in the rain made me feel awful!

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