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Video Sunday: “Yesterday I bought a Volvo”

When a video has reached over two million views, it’s usually safe to assume that everyone has seen it.  However, there’s always the possibility that you have not, so with that in mind what better way to start off today’s Video Sunday then by looking at books with a sense of rhythm?  This is the kind of thing that clearly puts the “labor” in the term “labor of love”.

Now as a great number of you know, Monday morning we’ll see the announcement of the Newberys, the Caldecotts, and all the other awards ALA hands out each year.  Seems appropriate then to post a video of past Newbery winners.  First up, this amazing look at Virginia Hamilton, the woman behind the Newbery winning M.C. Higgins the Great (amongst other things).  I am ashamed to say that before I saw this I had no idea that Jaime Adoff was her son.  Ye gods!  The video also features Jean Craighead George of Julie of the Wolves.  You get a glimpse of her Newbery Medal in its velvet case at one point.

Open Road Media made these to sell the ebooks.  Nice covers too.  Check out the one for Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush.  Print publishers should take notes.

Now to look at some hardcore bookshelves.  Here in America we’ve these wimpy little bookshelves that anyone can reach.  In Berlin?  You need a freakin’ harness to get what you want.

Thanks to Swiss Miss for the link.

So I couldn’t resist checking out this SNL skit on Harry Potter ten years later.  Dan Radcliff, man.  That guy’s funny.  Though part of my brain is just amazed that SNL had the budget for that set.

And finally, for our off-topic video of the day, it’s time for breakdancing.  With Mr. Rogers.  Yep.

Thanks to Margaret H. Willison 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. dear elizabeth::
    thanks for the lovely words:
    there is another open road vid recently released with virginia and alice walker and william styron…all of this digital activity is just what one hopes for as this most unique media company
    supports the ebooks it puts out there…(there will soon be a total of 12 virginia hamilton ebooks
    out from open road….)
    and my (together with co-editor kacy cook) collection of ginny’s non-fiction:
    virginia hamilton: speeches, essays and conversations…is just now out in ebook format from scholastic (who did the superb print/paper publication in 2010….)
    (and i think i owe you belated congratulations on the birth of your baby some little time ago….)
    enjoy and all best: arnold

  2. may i add that any and all are free to be in touch with me at:….enjoy: arnold

  3. Loved this video! So creative. Made me want to sit in the middle of all of those beautiful books and just read.

  4. I love Mr. Rogers! And, I wasn’t one of the two million viewers who had seen that first video. Who arranges their books by color?!! I have been seeing pictures of books arranged by color everywhere, but really who in real life does that?!