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Video Sunday: Sloth and MLIS Degrees

Okay dokey!  So!  First off, for half a second there I thought I couldn’t embed videos.  Fortunately this morning I found myself a little workaround.  I can now embed almost every video, with some exceptions. Huzzah!  Now.  Librarians doing Lady Gaga.  My first thought off the top of my head is that they’re doing a play on Poker Face and not Telephone?  I’d think that with NPR doing it one place and the army doing it another, Telephone would have been the number one choice.  Or, at the very least, Bad Romance.  And why is it that when librarians hold drinks on the cover of SLJ it’s a problem but when this darling woman holds the world’s greatest martini glass she is a-okay?  That is a mystery for the universe.  Many thanks to the multiple people who sent me this link!

Changing gears entirely (and on purpose) is this wonderful video covering the most recent Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.  Now the article about this award describes it as Presentation of World’s Largest Children’s Literature Award.  I read something like that and I imagine a physically large award.  Maybe a bronze tree or something along those lines.  In fact, by “large” they mean “most expensive” because the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is a monetary award, largest in the world.  It’s 5 million SEK (or 490, 000 EURO).  Howsoever you slice it, it’s big.  David Almond was up this year, but the ultimate winner was Belgian Kitty Crowther.  This lovely little video says more:

Would you like to see her work for yourself?  That could prove difficult.  As far as I can tell, the only time Ms. Crowther has been translated in America was back in 2000 when Hyperion brought over her Jack and Jim.  It is currently out-of-print, alas.

My August Children’s Literary Cafe will be all about ebooks and their creators.  With that in mind, my buddy Don Citarella sent me this crazy international ad of sorts for a “phone book”.  More like a phone book video game than a book book, but there might be a lot of potential applications for other uses.

Two people have mentioned the It’s a Book trailer to me recently, and both have their problems with it.  You are familiar with this title, yes?  It’s the new Lane Smith.  The trailer, like the book itself, is a mite bit problematic, though.  The whole premise of the story is the awesomeness of books and how one distinguishes them from computery stuff.  So, as Person #1 pointed out, can we mention the irony of giving this book not only a book trailer but a Facebook page as well?  Where precisely are you supposed to watch such things?  Not in a book.  Person #2 pointed out that the trailer is utterly misleading because it leaves off the ending of the actual story.  An ending that shifts the tone of the text and, alas, makes it impossible to tell in a preschool storytime.  I agree.  If you’re going to be gutsy in your wordplay in a book, you should be equally gutsy in your promotional material or you end up sinning by omission.  Here’s the trailer, in case you’re curious:

Did you miss the final results of the 100 Scope Notes Nontraditional Non-Fiction Monday?  Why, that challenge was the whole reason I found myself devouring a full pack of Bubbalicious Bubble Gum the other day.  The full results can be found here, and the ultimate winner ended up being Bookends.  I came in a respectable third, which was flattering.  Of course, full credit goes to Travis Jonker and Julie from Hi, Miss Julie who created a song review.  The first of its kind?  Perhaps (though the impressive Gilbert and Sullivan review by Book Aunt was much along the same lines).

And now it’s another round of my favorite game, “Oh!  They’re Still Alive?”  This week: Pat Hutchins!  You might know her best from her fantastic book Rosie’s Walk, though we’ve a full collection of her titles in my library as well.  She stopped by the Greenwillow offices just the other day, it seems.  In fact, the blog Under the Green Willow reported that her Titch books were turned into a television series in Spanish.  Visually, this takes me back to my youth when I used to watch foreign children’s shorts on the television show Pinwheel.  Good times.

And for the final bit of off-topicness, you just can’t do better than baby sloths.  I mean it.  You can’t.  Just try.

Brings to mind such books as Slowly, Slowly, Slowly Said the Sloth by Eric Carle and Score One for the Sloths by Helen Lester.  Good stuff.  Thanks to BB-Blog for the link.

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. PLEASE, OH PLEASE, tell me the secret on embedding videos!!!! Desperation Amy awaits, oh wise one. 🙂

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Hi Amy!

      Okay, this is nuts but here’s how it works. If you want to put in a video find the YouTube code that looks like this: It has to have that “&feature=player_embedded” part at the end or it won’t show up. You don’t paste it into the HTML version of your post but the “Visual” one. Now it won’t work if you put it at the beginning of a post. That’s why I cheated with the Librarian Gaga video. If you put it at the beginning of a post it’ll just look like code. But if people click on the “Read More” then they’ll see the videos embedded later on in your post.

      This only works for YouTube videos, by the way. I haven’t found the code for putting in Vimeo and stuff like that. Crazy, huh?

  2. Please promise me you will never, ever, ever, ever, ever play a round of your favorite game, “Oh! They’re Still Alive?” with me. Never. Ever.

  3. Elizabeth Bird says

    Katie, I can’t promise you that. Particularly if you live to be 100. I mean, wouldn’t you WANT that game to be played with you? I sure do. I wanna be 104 and living in Portland, Oregon with library students blogging things like, “Betsy Bird is STILL ALIVE???”

    That’s my dream.

  4. The sloths made me think of the binturong, which is also called a bearcat. It’s a member of the civet family, but is very sloth like. It also smells strongly of buttered popcorn. I smelled it for myself at the Kansas City zoo. There has to be a picture book in there somewhere. “Who has the popcorn?” ala “Who’s on first?” sort of humor.

    I realize my comment is only tangentially related to this post, but I just had to tell someone about the buttered popcorn bear cat. I hope I may be forgiven.

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      To my mind, any reference made to buttered popcorn is worth making. Particularly if you can tie it into sloths in some fashion.

  5. Pat Hutchins is one of the nicest people in the world! We met her a decade or so ago, through New Yorker friends, in London – visited Pat and her creative husband Laurence in Hampstead (they’ve since moved to “the Studio” in NW3). I once asked her what made her happiest, thinking she’d say, oh, “painting” or writing….she said (paraphrasing), “Being up to my elbows in dirt, working in our garden at our cottage in Sussex” (I think that’s where it is). Really a lovely person.

  6. Ack! Thanks so much, Elizabeth, but I can’t seem to find ANY videos with “&feature=player_embedded” at the end. Ugh! Migration is NO GOOD for moi! ;(

    I’ll keep trying!


    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Oh! I should explain. No videos do. You need to paste the “&feature=player_embedded” part after the number portion of any video’s YouTube web address. It’ll take some trial and error, but it can be done!

  7. Elizabeth, YOU RULE!!! I crown you – QUEEN of WordPress! 🙂 Thanks so much!

  8. I can’t figure out why you can’t paste the embed code from vimeo/youtube/etc. into the html window. I’ve worked on several different WordPress installations and this seems to be a basic option in most templates, even for authors or contributors who don’t have permission to do much fancy stuff.

    Also, if you’d reallllly like the ability to control font size, there’s a plugin called TinyMCE Advanced that will add font size to your default visual editing options. You can tweak the options to add hand dandy functions such as anchor tags and spell check! Maybe the tech people can install that?

    Or maybe the tech people have extremely young eyes and like the look of this teeny tiny font. In which case, please add my name to the petition of people in search of readable blog fonts!

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Yep, it’s a mystery to me as well. By all rights I should embed just as easily here as I did on my old site. Yet this is not the case. Good to know about that plugin, though. I’d love to edit my font. But right now the tech folks are so busy with other problems, I’ll hold off for now on informing them. Soon, though. Soon.