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This Saturday at NYPL: The 90-Second Newbery Festival

I am pleased to announce the very first annual showing of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival on Saturday, November 5th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Come join author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd Fish) as he presents short films by students all around The United States.  In between sets James will be joined by honest-to-gosh Newbery Award winner Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me), former National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka, Ayun Halliday will be performing, as well as the kids of Writopia Labs who will create live (and very short) versions of various Newbery Award winning books.

This event will be held in the main branch of New York Public Library (The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building located at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street) in the South Court Auditorium.

Curious about the films?  Check out this recent entry called “The Real Housewives of Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!”

For more information on the festival go to Future screenings will take place in Chicago on 11/16 and at the Multnomah County Library System on 3/3/12.

[Note: Folks who wonder why this event does not show up on the NYPL calenders should be informed that while the library has been kind enough to lend out their auditorium for this festival, they are not officially sponsoring it or connected to it in any way.  FYI.]

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth 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.


  1. I’m excited for this! I blogged extensively on the 90 Second Newbery Contest hoping that it will get kids excited to read Newbery books, even reluctant readers. Will you post some of the winning videos for those of us who can’t make it to NYC?

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      James is putting them all up on his blog. He’ll post them once the festivals are done, I believe. I’ll blog about it when that happens! Most are on his blog already too.

  2. That’s true, Betsy. I’m posting them as fast as I can at Sometime after the Chicago screening on 11/16 I will convert from just a page of rules to a clearinghouse of all the videos. But one thing at a time! I’m just one man, PragmaticMom! Criminey, I need an intern.