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Rockridge library branch to host 3rd annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival

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Have a knack for creating short movies? Don't miss a chance to have a place in the spotlight for the third annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.

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All ages are encouraged to choose a book that has won a Newbery Award and comprise it into a 90-second movie. With winter break in full swing it is the perfect time to get those artistic gears pumping and have your film entered for the contest. The deadline for entering a film to be selected for screening is Monday, January 20, 2014.

Books that receive the Newbery Medal are regarded as written works with the highest honor within the realm of children’s literature. Established in 1922 by John Newbery, a British bookseller, this medal is awarded annually by the Association of Library Service to Children.

The Oakland Public Library’s Rockridge Branch and founder of the event, James Kennedy, will be hosting the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival for the first time ever on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. with special co-host and triple Newbery Honor winner, Jenni Holm. Ms. Holm is known for her novel, Our Only May Amelia among other great reads.

Additionally, a second showing of the approved films will be presented at the San Francisco Main Library on the same day with primary host, James Kennedy. Co-hosted by author of The One and Only Iva and Newbery Honor winner, Katherine Applegate, you won't want to miss this screening which runs from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Oakland Public Library's Rockridge Branch is looking forward to the event. Children's Services Supervisor, Nina Lindsay exclaims, “All the more reason for Oakland kids and teens (who we know can make some great videos) to submit an entry for consideration for the screening. We’d all love to see some local talent up there on the screen! And this winter, wonderfully, our libraries are not closed for furloughs; with the exception of the holidays we are open through winter break… so if you need some Newbery books for ideas, you know where to find them.”

Both presentations are free to attend. For more information and rules regarding the upcoming film festival, click here.

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