StoryTubes 2013

It’s been a busy few weeks. Lots of storytimes and outreach, planning the summer reading program, school visits, parenting, grad school, you name it. There never seems to be enough time in the day! This week is especially fun and busy.

Flash back to the early Winter. I was reading a discussion on the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s listserv and up popped a post about StoryTubes, a video project that encourages reading through the creation of short book trailers, combining books and technology. I love the idea of kids using video to create and tell stories and these filmmakers are getting their first taste of it, in many cases. And besides, who doesn’t think that hearing and watching kids take the time to reflect on a favorite book is absolutely wonderful? I became an instant fan. I was so excited about the project that I signed up to be a judge!

Lights! Camera! Action!

Fast forward to this week… It’s the hour of reckoning! I, along with several other judges from around the country, am in the process of voting for my favorites. I get to focus on the 5-7 year old age group. The videos are so thoughtful and entertaining! Sorry I can’t tell you the results yet, but you can watch the entries while you wait and vote for the runners up beginning March 29th.

We’ll be offering video making programs at my library again this summer and I can’t wait to see what’s created! Does your library offer video programs for kids or teens?

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