Thursday, January 20, 2022

Video Star


Another busy day yesterday, with my Newbery project once again taking up a lot of my mental energy. The school wanted to make a video of me talking about it to post on social media, and to promote my blog of all the reviews. So I set up a little display of some of the Newbery books as a backdrop, and we wrote a very short script (they didn't want the video to be any longer than a minute). The Facebook video is here. (I'm not sure it's public.)

The script was uploaded onto an iPhone that was positioned next to the camera as a little teleprompter. I've never read from a teleprompter in my life, so it took some getting used to, but after a few bungled takes and adjustments I made it through OK. Whew! And then, of course, we had to re-set the library shelves.

I'm glad the reviews are getting some attention, though. For a long time I was writing them with the certainty that absolutely NO ONE was reading them -- and now, perhaps, people are. Which makes me paranoid on a whole 'nother level. Did I mention everything I needed to mention? Was I fair? Was I wrong?

I also offered to go speak to the Middle School English classes about the project, so I imagine that will happen at some point.

Otherwise, it's life as usual around here. My Covid tests are still negative, knock on wood!

(Photo: A lost toy I found perched on a fence on my most recent Green Chain walk.)

55 comments:

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Does the job title "Library Circulation Assistant" mean that you specialise in blood flow? I thought that would be a concern of healthcare professionals.

Speaking to classes of children about your reading marathon will hopefully sow seeds in some pupils' minds - that reading is cool, it's enriching and it's also something that males can enjoy as well as females.

Andrew said...

I would be so worried about grammar, spelling and phrasing if I wrote a script, let alone speaking.

Nice shirt. I'll listen later with sound on.

Moving with Mitchell said...

Congratulations on a great project completed. Excellent video. You should have been in front of the camera instead of on the news desk!

Linda Sue said...

You amaze, always.
The little video clip is perfect, a natural very nice voice. I have a collection of tiny toy trucks so that little yellow one caught my heart. Sweet photo!

Steve Reed said...

I'm always careful to call myself a "circulation assistant" because I am technically not a librarian. I haven't studied library science and I am not faculty (unlike my boss and one of my co-workers who ARE "librarians").

And yes, I hope talking to the kids about reading will help inspire them -- and find an audience for some of these older books.

Steve Reed said...

I got that shirt at a thrift store! LOL

Steve Reed said...

Oh, Lord. I do not have a "TV face." But maybe I could have done radio. :)

Steve Reed said...

I left it on the fence in case its owner comes back!

Bob said...

I liked the video. You got a lot of information into that short time without making it too much. Plus, you make the books sound interesting and that's a good thing.

Pixie said...

You're famous!

I liked the video too and it was so nice to see you and to hear your voice. Congrats on finishing what you set out to do. I'm pretty sure I would have given up once I hit a bad book.

ellen abbott said...

I loved the video, which I already told you on FB.

Colette said...

Nice video!

Ed said...

I read Johnny Tremain I think in 6th grade in one evening. I then spent the next quarter year having to reread the chapter being assigned in my reading class at school so that I could answer the questions on the quizzes appropriately. I didn't mind as that was one of my favorite books during that time in my life.

Marcia LaRue said...

I just realized who you kind of remind me of ... Robin Gibbs of the Bee Gees ... I just watched your video, of course, he had hair! LOL

Ms. Moon said...

I saw the video on FB! It was terrific, Steve. I'm glad you're getting some recognition for your incredible effort. I mean- really!
Oh, how Levon would love that tiny truck. The other day at the park he found a very, very small bit off a toy truck, brought it over to my house where he immediately found what he was looking for-another toy truck- and had us glue the piece he'd found onto the truck here. It was perfect!

Ellen D. said...

That video is wonderful, Steve! And your Newbery reviews are really great. You put a lot of time into the website and I am sure that teachers and students will use it a lot. I am really impressed by the way you completed this project! Thank you so much for encouraging reading!

robin andrea said...

The video is wonderful, Steve. I watched it on Facebook and just seeing you with all those book made me realize how much of an undertaking it was to read all the Newberry award winners. Well done! You're a star!

Sharon said...

I am so pleased to hear that your Newbery project is getting the attention it deserves. That was quite an undertaking to read all those books and write a review for each. The video is great and very professional looking. Well done!

Moving with Mitchell said...

You were excellent!

Red said...

Your video was great. I had to look at all of these books. I've read just four of them. I'm going to have toe read some more of them. Mr Reed made me do it!

Wilma said...

Great video presentation - it seemed totally unprompted and like you were simply talking to us. Kudos!

Boud said...

That was excellent, Steve! Short, but plenty of information. And it did make me want to check out the ones you really approved. Yes, the video was available to non Facebook accounts.

Also thank you for leaving the truck in case the owner returns for it

Edna B said...

I'm glad your tests are still negative. You took on quite an impressive project and finished it. Congratulations! (reading all those books) Enjoy your day, hugs, Edna B.

Beth Reed said...

They just wanted a video that lasted for a minute??? Unbelievable but you were very impressive Mr. Reed! My son and I watched you on Facebook and he said "Better him reading all of those books than me." But we both laughed at the Astonishingly bad! All joking aside it is a wonderful achievement and you looked very handsome and well spoken.

It's cold and blustery here today. I am on my way for a cup of coffee. Have a great day! xx

Allison said...

The website is really cool. I love the buttons so one does not have to scroll through all of the covers. You put a lot of thought and organization into that website and it shows.

jenny_o said...

Aha ... now I understand better your dedication to finishing every book. I hadn't realized the finished project was going to be official. Well done on all the reading, and on the video. You have a great voice and comfortable presence in front of the camera! I hope you've inspired kids to pick up books they might have otherwise missed.

Kelly said...

What a great little video! It should inspire lots of folks (maybe not just kids) to read more of these. Even the contrarians might be inspired to see what they think of those you didn't like.

I bet someone is really missing that little dump truck.

Margaret said...

I look forward to watching the video. It's fun to see bloggers in real live action!

The Bug said...

That video was great! I think your teleprompt skills are excellent (when I saw it yesterday I wondered if you had memorized your spiel - ha!).

Tasker Dunham said...

Like others I think the video first rate. You've got real presence and come across as a natural presenter and communicator - better than some of the robots that get paid to do that kind of thing full time. Next - the Shadows and Light Vlog?

sparklingmerlot said...

I know you're American. I really do. But for some reason when I read your blog I hear an English accent. Now I shall read it in your accent. Great video.

37paddington said...

You did such a great job, Steve! The video is wonderful. And I loved hearing your voice and seeing you in 2-D. I'll have to go check out your review site. Somehow I missed that you were reviewing each book. What an undertaking. Bravo!

Steve Reed said...

That's the goal!

Steve Reed said...

Like Andy Warhol said, we'll all be famous for fifteen minutes.

Steve Reed said...

Yes, and thanks! :)

Steve Reed said...

Thank you!

Steve Reed said...

I read it as a kid too, and it was also one of my favorites. It doesn't get checked out much these days but I'm trying to change that!

Steve Reed said...

Interesting! I could see that, I guess, although it's hard to look past the lack of hair. I used to get told I look like Michael Stipe from REM.

Steve Reed said...

I thought of Levon when I found it, of course. I even considered picking it up for him, but then I thought of some Levon-like boy here going back to find his truck and having it gone, and I didn't want to be responsible for that.

Steve Reed said...

Thanks for the encouraging words! As I said, I learned a lot from the whole project.

Steve Reed said...

And the ones you see on those shelves behind me are only about a third of them. I couldn't display them all!

Steve Reed said...

I am very glad that we're generating some traffic for all the reviews.

Steve Reed said...

Excellent! That's the goal -- to get people reading them!

Steve Reed said...

Oh, good. I'm glad it didn't seem too stiff and rehearsed.

Steve Reed said...

I'm glad everyone could see that video. But I guess that's the whole point -- ASL wants to generate public traffic to the web site and the school. (Using MY FACE -- Lord!)

Steve Reed said...

Thanks, Edna! The whole project was quite a learning experience.

Steve Reed said...

I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for the kind words. :)

Steve Reed said...

I can't take credit for the site design -- that belongs to my colleagues in the advancement office. I'm only responsible for the content! But thanks. :)

Steve Reed said...

Although I initiated the project it was always meant to be shared with the school community. I think the school didn't promote it too much at the beginning because they wanted to make sure I'd finish!

Steve Reed said...

A lot of these books would be perfectly suitable for adult readers. In fact some of them were originally written for adults. "Rifles for Watie," for example, was never meant to be a kids' book, per se. It just happens to have a teenage protagonist.

Steve Reed said...

We are in fact real people! LOL

Steve Reed said...

Good! I'm glad it's not obvious that I'm being prompted! (I did pretty much memorize it but the teleprompter helped me keep it smooth.)

Steve Reed said...

TV presenters are unfortunately often hired for reasons other than their ability to present!

Steve Reed said...

Funny! My friends in the states often ask me why I haven't developed an English accent living here. But I suppose you never really lose the speech patterns you develop as a child.

Steve Reed said...

Well, the reviews are VERY short. Don't expect much! LOL