OYAN Review: 90 Seconds of Fame

This post is an article from the Spring 2018 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Sonja Somerville at the Salem Public Library.

A momentary hush fell over the room as the screen sprang to life. It was a big moment for seven members of the Salem Public Library Teen Advisory Board — a moment months in the making. They were about to see all 90 seconds of their creative retelling of Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine on the big screen, during the official screening of the annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.

They were ready, and perhaps a bit sheepish, as the audience met their Ella (played by an eggplant with glued-on googly eyes) and Prince Charmant (a poblano pepper with with glued-on googly eyes). But as it turns out, this madcap creative effort was a good fit for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, an annual project organized by James Kennedy, author of The Order of Odd-Fish.

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CSLP Teen Video Challenge: Officially Live!

You could win $150 plus an award for your library. State winners will be shared with libraries across the country and used to promote Summer Reading. Your video could inspire readers everywhere!

For tips and resources, read the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CLSP) Teen Video Challenge tips and resources PDF. Questions? Email oyancslp@gmail.com.

For details, including eligibility, video criteria, and the entry form, visit the OLA website. The deadline for entry is March 5th. Good luck!