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Video Sunday: Always have friends that are smaller than you so that you can control them

I like displaying the week’s most talked about video at the end of the week on Video Sunday.  It shows that while I don’t act as quickly as other blogs, at least I can sum up well.  Last week I showed the Old Spice Guy library PSA.  This week, right from the campus of Brigham Young University itself, comes this advertisement for their Harold B. Lee Library.  When I first heard about this ad I thought it would be some low budget cheesiness.  Quite the contrary!  A delight through and through.

All right.  Enough of that.  It’s summer.  We’re all heading down to the beach.  Let’s just get some tips from a mermaid then.  A little mermaid.

I like the idea of always having friends that are smaller than you.  Thanks to BoingBoing for the link.

On a day I was out, Al’s Book Club from The Today Show stopped by my children’s room.  The clips sort of mix my room in with clips from a different library, but anytime you spot dark wood you know they’re at my workplace.  The beanbag chairs are another fabulous indicator.  You can even see my chicken puppet in the background of one shot from the video interview I conducted with Dan Santat (I gave it to the library).

Very cool.  Pairs well with the recent interview I gave to The Today Show about the Ramona books too.

Considering that I just saw a variation on this joke in the movie Inception, it’s pretty funny that I’d run across it again so soon.  I’d missed the fact that Michael Ian Black had a new video out for his latest picture book.  The person who sent me this video said he was wearing a monkey outfit but due to the presence of his joey, that is clearly a kangaroo costume.  Albeit, not a purple one.

Other celebrities may write picture books, but none of them put on costumes as silly as Mr. Black’s.  Just sayin’.

Now wow!  Wowie and also a bit of zowie!  This video has been out a good two years now, but I’ve only just now run across it.  This is epic!  How is it we’ve never seen it before?

Many many thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.

And now the off-topic vid of the day.  I didn’t know that NPR had gotten into the video business, and I don’t think I would have known at all had not my buddy Don passed along this cool link called Look Up! This reminds me of those old 3-2-1 Contact videos they used to show (and when are those coming out on DVD, might I ask?).

Thanks to Don Citarella 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. your youtube links are not working. embedded addresses cannot be followed.

  2. Is it wrong that the biggest thing that sticks out to me about the Al’s Book Club video is a kid pulling a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book off the shelf? HA. HA HA HA. That hasn’t happened… um… in months and months at my library. 🙂

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      I’m just baffled as to where he got it. We haven’t had a single Diary of a Wimpy Kid book in my library in half a year! Particularly “Dog Days”. That one’s a rarity.

  3. Christine Bird says

    “Recent interview” goes to the trailer for the movie, but not to the interview, which I would love love love to see.

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Re: “Recent interview” – The article that contains my quotes comes after the trailer. Just go down and you’ll find it easily enough.