Friday, January 28, 2011

90-Second Newbery Video Contest

Calling all kid actors! The children's department at Tredyffrin Public Library is going to be putting an entry together for the 90-Second Newbery Video Contest!

"Outstanding!" you say. "But what is it?"

Well, it's a contest where we make a 90-second video of a Newbery Award-winning book. (And when I say "we," I, of course, mean "you." I'm just gonna hold the camera.) And when we're done, we'll post it up on the YouTube, send a link to the contest folks, and keep our fingers crossed!

Now, here's the tricky part. We need to smush a whole book down into 90 seconds. Which means:

a) We need to decide which parts are the most important to the story, but even more importantly...
b) We have to have read the book before we start this project!

Which means, of course, that we need to PICK a book pretty soon. If this is something you're interested in doing, and you think you know what book we should use, give me a shout at (Don't know all the Newbery winners? Here's a list!)

We're going to be filming the project during the week of April break (April 18-22) but we'll have to meet a few times before then to get organized, so look for more information as we get a little closer to spring.

Any questions? Call Angela at 610-688-7092, ext. 209.


  1. Hi, this is James Kennedy (the co-curator of the "90-Second Newbery" film festival, and the author of the YA fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish). Thanks for spreading the word about the video contest! I'm looking forward to seeing what great film comes from the Tredyffrin Public Library!