I wanted to share information about a project that the State Library is doing that I hope you’ll help me out with by getting the youth you work with to participate in.
The 90-Second Newbery Award Film Festival
Challenge the youth up to age 18 that you work with to retell the plot of a Newbery Award winning book in just 90 seconds by creating their own videos! It’s a great opportunity for a project to do with your TAB groups by combining literacy and the arts together.
The State Library is sponsoring the 90-Second Film Festival and has invited author James Kennedy, the Festival’s founder, to appear at the Film Festival on April 30, 2022 at 7 pm at the NJ State Museum’s Auditorium in Trenton (located next to the NJ State Museum). In order to host this event, we need the young people to create fabulous films for the Festival so they, and their friends and family, can attend the in-person screening to show off their films. The deadline for students to create and submit the film to Mr. Kennedy is January 14, 2022.
Mr. Kennedy will be hosting a number of webinars to share more information about the festival with you and (hopefully) the youth you work with. He’ll be providing tips on how to create amazing 90 second videos of Newbery Award winning books. I’m in the process of scheduling these webinars and will share the dates when they’re finalized. We hope to have a prerecorded webinar available to share with you with possible live Q&A for youth to talk with Mr. Kennedy.
If your library is interested in participating by encouraging the youth you work with make a film for this 90-Second Newbery Award Film Festival, please fill out this survey: https://forms.gle/bgnLRHfaDXc2Yvkd7
More information about the 90-Second Newbery Award Film Festival and how to submit a 90-second video can be found here: https://90secondnewbery.com/.
If you have questions, just let me know.
All the best,
Sharon Rawlins, MLS, she/her/hers
Youth Services Specialist for Lifelong Learning
NJ State Library
185 West State St.
P.O. Box 520
Trenton, NJ 08625-0520
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