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Let the Hunger Games begin!

12 Jan

Get your Hunger Games movie tickets!!

Tickets go on sale February 22!


Smart People Use Smart Libraries

8 Mar

Although this fun video comes via Library Ireland Week @ your library, its appeal is universal and international.  Yay for libraries EVERYWHERE!!

Video Contest! on “Why I Need My Library”

3 Mar

Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), this contest invites teenagers ages 13-18 to create original videos of 1-3 minutes in length about why they feel “I need my Library.”  The videos can be live-action, animation, machinima or use a combination of techniques, and teens can work in groups of up to six.  Check out this list of tips and resources on making a video.

Read through the judging criteria to see how entries will be judged.

Teens submit their original videos and compete in two age categories, 13-15 and 16-18, for prizes.  Winners will identify either their school library or their local public library as the beneficiary of the cash prizes:

From each age category (2 categories total):

  • Three 3rd place winners will receive $1000 each for their selected libraries
  • Two 2nd place winners will receive $2000 each for their selected libraries
  • One 1st place winner will receive $3000 for their selected library PLUS $50 gift cards to an online bookseller for each individual member of the winning group (limit of 6 participants per group)

Videos should be submitted to YouTube and tagged alaneedmylibrary 15 for entries in the age 13-15 category, and alaneedmylibrary 18 for entries in the age 16-18 category.  Teens must also mail in an entry form. Videos are submitted online, but an entry form needs to be received in the mail by April 18 in order for a submission to be eligible.

Contest entries also must be uploaded to YouTube by midnight April 18, 2011.  Full Contest Guidelines are available here.

Winning videos will be showcased on ALA websites and at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 23-28).

Questions about the contest can be directed to

Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”

18 Oct

Let’s start getting psyched for Halloween!! Here is a short (~7-8 mins.) animated film from 1953 narrated by the great James Mason, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, with a screenplay based on the 1843 short story of the same title by Edgar Allan Poe.

For those of you who might want to read Poe’s prose yourself, here is the text (from Google Books).

How one person created his own YouTube “university”

27 Aug

Check out this great profile of Sal Khan, a Harvard MBA and former hedge fund manager living in the Silicon Valley, whose goal is to create nothing less than “tens of thousands” of tutorials offering the “first free, world-class virtual school where anyone can learn anything.”  This YouTube phenomenon is currently a 1600+ video library.  Indeed, some critics do consider it more of a library than an academy, as there are no assessments or tests of performance, and no student-teacher discussions.  However, Khan’s gift for succinctness and clarity has caught the attention of some tech-y notables, including Bill Gates.  “His gift, like that of many teachers, is being able to reduce the complex,” says the article’s author.  Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3).

Other Great Book Trailers

5 Jan

On YouTube, there are tons of great book trailers for really awesome books!  Here are some of the better ones (in my opinion) that describe the books well.

The author Meg Cabot had a book trailer contest last year in honor of the last Princess Diaries book, Forever Princess, coming out.  This was the second place winner of the contest.

This was the first place winner.

And this is one that Meg Cabot said she thought was really cute.

Here are some links to other favorites of mine: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen; and again… another really great book trailer about This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen… and again, another great book trailer about The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle

Parties and Potions by Sarah Mlynowski (the 4th book in her Magic in Manhattan series)

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones

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