Video Sunday: Suck It Up, Yarn Ball
Recently Jay Asher urged fellow YA authors to post their Senior portraits on their respective blogs. Much along the same lines but infinitely worse are videos of authors from their Senior years. Monica recently located Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket)’s graduation speech from 1988 which is now on YouTube. Wow.
Ah. To be young and orange again.
I’d embed this here but it’s actually a little hard to find. From Cynopsis Kids:
A good weekend for Harry Potter fans, as the new trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has shown up online. I was initially led to the trailer via www.the-leaky-cauldron.org , which in turn took me to www.traileraddict.com , and now a little while later, and the trailer is now pretty much all over the place.
You can see it here in case you’re interested.
Halloween is now over, but I was pleased to find this fun video on How to Tell a Ghost Story over at Black Threads in Kid’s Lit. As Kyra points out, a lot of this is just good writing information as well.
A kid-friendly offspring of YouTube? When Joyce Valenza mentioned the site on her blog Neverending Search I was intrigued. It’s called Totlol (clever) and it describes itself as "a video website designed specifically for children. It is community moderated. It is constantly growing. It is powered by YouTube." I haven’t joined myself but from a perusal it’s an interesting conglomeration of bits. Still, until they improve the technology I can’t see many small tots cozying up to the computer to get their visual kicks. Now to be proved wrong . . .
Speaking of videos for tots, I got this one from BoingBoing. It’s a show for kids that’s all about crafts and appears to star the actress who played Janice on Friends (I’m not kidding). Called Magpie Time it may or may not garner the child audience it wants. One things for sure, though. After watching this trailer for it I know more than one librarian who wouldn’t mind getting some of these crafty tips on a regular basis.
The Official Magpie Time sizzle reel from Magpie Time on Vimeo.
The website seems pretty clear on everything except one essential detail. Is this a web show or a television show?
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Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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