Category Archives: YouTube & Libraries

Celebrate – Gail Borden Library

Denise Raleigh writes: On May 15, 2010, the Gail Borden Public Library was not a quiet place. In fact, at 2:15 p.m., it became very, very loud. Gail Borden Public Library District received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service due to what the community and the library staff accomplish together. On May 15, the library invited everyone for a celebration that included this surprise flash mob that uniquely combined dancers from the Dixon Dance Academy and the library bookcart drill team. Cathy Dixon choregraphed the dance and John Fleener of Elgin Academy lead the film crew and he and his students edited. Thank you to all.

Video Dominoes

Benjamin Wheal writes: To celebrate the demise of the video collection and the now unchallenged reign of the DVD, staff felt that the remaining videos must go out with a bang. One weekend staff came in on their own time to film the final stand of the video in a giant domino train throughout the library space as a fitting homage to their service. May the videos now rest in peace. Long live the VHS!

The video was filmed earlier this year in Tea Tree Gully, South Australia, and in the Library here we’re all very proud of our effort – we would love to share it with others around the library world,

Storytubes 2010!

Entries for the third annual contest will be accepted for the public library sponsored “two-minute or shorter” my favorite book online contest from January 20 through Feb. 28.  The contest is open to all, with prize awards available to young people entering kindergarten through high school (K – 12).

Storytubes won the PLA Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award in 2009.   Alan Harkness, Director of the Piedmont Regional Library System, chaired the PLA award jury.  He said that the StoryTubes project was chosen for the prize because it “captured the essence of using technology in an innovative way to tie back into a core business function of public libraries:  sharing the joy of reading.”

“The StoryTubes project gave local kids a means to use technology they were interested in to talk about stories.  The way that this project brought the community together to vote on the videos the children made was quite original and easily replicated in libraries everywhere.”

Project participants have more than doubled across the nation each year as more young people and educators are discovering the creative magic of matching kids’ love of reading with their interest in technology.

Please visit for more information about the contest and to watch educators talk about how Storytubes has positively impacted education in the classroom.