Festival of Shorts

Festival of Shorts

Festival of Shorts

The go-to place to see book and movie trailers and the latest short films from our Midwinter Exhibitors.

 

Abortion HelplineAbortion Helpline, This Is Lisa

At the Philadelphia abortion helpline, counselors field nonstop calls from women and teens who are seeking to end a pregnancy but can’t afford to, illustrating how economic stigma and cruel laws determine who has access to abortion in America.

Presented by Women Make Movies

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VOICESpeaksAlkebulan Images Bookstore

Yusef Harris discusses being the owner of black bookstore.

Presented by VOICESpeaks for Equitable Educational Change, LLC

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Blue Cloak WarriorBlue Cloak Warrior Book Trailer

Blue Cloak Warrior: Caspian Wells, a district leader, and the strongest water elemental in his domain, has just been nominated to join The Five—a council of the most powerful rulers that govern the land of Merr. Before he can claim his seat on the ruling council, Caspian must first conquer a series of quests in four different realms. ​

Nes: The Bird Realm.
Fros: The Ice Realm.
Thew: The Warrior Realm.
Dron: The Underwater Realm. ​

During his quests, Caspian must face winged adversaries, manipulative spectral phantoms, deadly serpentine foes, and cunning merfolk. ​ Will he succeed and rule Merr? Or will he lose everything trying to reach a position he never had any hope of attaining? ​

From the award-winning author who brought you the Galadria trilogy, Carry the Knight, The Unicorn, The Covens of Elmeeria, The Light Dweller, Babble Magic, and It Took Billy comes a new young-adult fantasy that explores the nature of leadership and the risks people take to reach the top. ​

Caspian spent his entire life trying to be good.

Now he might have to give up everything to be great.

Presented by The Award-Winning FANTASY BOOKS of Miguel Lopez de Leon

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The Barren GroundsBookfomercial: The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson

DAVID A. ROBERTSON is the author of numerous books for young readers including When We Were Alone, which won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award and was nominated for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. Strangers, the first book in his Reckoner trilogy, a young adult supernatural mystery, won the 2018 Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction (Manitoba Book Awards). A sought-after speaker and educator, Dave is a member of the Norway House Cree Nation and currently lives in Winnipeg. For more information, visit his website: www.darobertson.ca and follow him on Twitter: @DaveAlexRoberts

Presented by Tundra Books

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Captain BookCaptain Book & The Book-A-Neers

In this swashbuckling adventure, we meet the pirate, Captain Book who has been cursed with a book permanently attached to his left hand. That is, until the virtual audience can follow the map and help him find his treasure of stolen library books.

Presented by Page Turner Adventures

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Captain BookCaptain Book & The Book-A-Neers

In Part 2 of this swashbuckling adventure, Captain Book, with the help of World Famous Storyologist Page Turner and a bumbling crew, travel to Juggler's Cove. Can they find the treasure that will break the curse which only allows ONE story to be told again and again, for all of eternity?

Presented by Page Turner Adventures

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Concrete RoseConcrete Rose by Angie Thomas Book Trailer

International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of her critically acclaimed novel The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant prequel that explores Black boyhood, family, manhood and more. Find out more about Concrete Rose here: https://bit.ly/3gt1aB1

Presented by HarperCollins Children's Books

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Door To Door

HarperCollins Publishers Presents Door to Door

Door to Door is a weekly video series on Facebook Live, hosted by HarperCollins Publishers. Join us for title presentations, book talks from editors, author talks/readings, and so much more! Be sure to follow us on Facebook to receive notifications every time we're live. If you don't use Facebook, not to worry! Each Door to Door episode will be available on our Youtube channel immediately following the Facebook Live broadcast!

In addition to our regular programming on Facebook Live, Door to Door will also feature virtual tours of authors' writing spaces on our Instagram page every Friday. Follow us on Instagram @harperlibrary so you don't miss a thing!

Presented by HarperCollins Publishers

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Invisible MenInvisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books by Ken Quattro Trailer

Read the riveting stories of groundbreaking Black artists who--mostly covertly--drew superhero, horror, and romance comics from the birth of the industry through the Golden Age! Invisible Men features Ken Quattro’s impeccable research detailing the social and cultural environments that formed these extraordinary, yet invisible, men!

Presented by IDW Publishing

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Join the FutureJoin the Future

The Future. Ultra-modern megacities reward millions of their citizens with a completely funded life, with every need met, from food to housing and healthcare, in order to compete in an economic power struggle in which population is key.

But a few rural residents still cling to their independence in what last American small towns are left. When a nearby megacity pressures the people of a small town to join up or else, a young teenage girl named Clem will learn how far she'll go to defend her principles.

Presented by Diamond Book Distributors

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Peacebunny IslandJourney to Peacebunny Island

A teen bought a private island on the Mississippi River to train comfort rabbits who go to share hope & hoppiness. Inspired by the comfort animals at Sandy Hook when he was 8 years old, he began rescuing rabbits and mobilizing youth to take them to help people going through times of trauma, loneliness and grief. His journey includes a 100 mile journey up the river to the 22 acre sanctuary he named Peacebunny Island. Release March 2021

Presented by Peacebunny Island

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 The Kids of Widney High PresentThe Kids of Widney High Present: Official "Life Without the Cow" Animated Music Video


Before they became the world-famous Kids of Widney High, they first had to survive junior high! This rock band, composed entirely of members with developmental disabilities, loves to put on a show, but boy can they can get into fights, trouble, and sticky situations. Join their friend and honorary assistant manager Robbie as he introduces the band members and shows us how they’re just like everyone else. From cafeteria food fights to relationship woes, Robbie finds himself immersed in an incredible adventure to get everyone onboard for the big concert while better understanding his new friends with special abilities. Junior high can be tough, but this group of rambunctious misfits is ready to entertain and loves to have a good time! Comes with an exclusive interview and free downloadable songs from the Kids themselves.

Presented by Schiffer Publishing

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KodiKodi by Jared Cullum Trailer

The gorgeous story of two friends separated by everything in the world -- except love. Readers and animal-lovers of every age will want to relive this journey over and over again.

Presented by IDW Publishing

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The Little Butterfly That CouldThe Little Butterfly That Could

What if I can't?
Which way to the flowers?
That way. 200 miles.
How am I supposed to travel that far?!
You fly.
Can I take a plane?
No.
Then I'll never make it!

This comical companion to Ross Burach's The Very Impatient Caterpillar pays loving homage to every child's struggle to persist through challenges while also delivering a lighthearted lesson on butterfly migration. Remember, if at first you don't succeed, fly, fly again!

Presented by Scholastic Inc.

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Home For A WhileMagination Press Story Time - Home for A While read by Lauren Kerstein

Calvin is in foster care, and he wants to trust someone, anyone, but is afraid to open his heart. He has lived in a lot of houses, but he still hasn’t found his home.

Presented by American Psychological Association Books®, APA Style®, Databases®, Magination Press Children's Books®

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Meet UsMeet our AMAZING Authors!

Meet a few of our authors and hear about some of their books. Enter to win a virtual visit from one of them in our Swag-a-palooza Giveaway!

Presented by Mango and Marigold Press

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The Mystery of Mrs. Christie The Mystery Of Mrs. Christie By Marie Benedict (Book Trailer)

Is this the greatest Agatha Christie mystery of all time?

THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict is available now.

In December 1926, Agatha Christie goes missing. Investigators find her empty car on the edge of a deep, gloomy pond, the only clues some tire tracks nearby and a fur coat left in the car--strange for a frigid night. Her husband and daughter have no knowledge of her whereabouts, and England unleashes an unprecedented manhunt to find the up-and-coming mystery author. Eleven days later, she reappears, just as mysteriously as she disappeared, claiming amnesia and providing no explanations for her time away. The puzzle of those missing eleven days has persisted. With her trademark exploration into the shadows of history, acclaimed author Marie Benedict brings us into the world of Agatha Christie, imagining why such a brilliant woman would find herself at the center of such a murky story. What is real, and what is mystery? What role did her unfaithful husband play, and what was he not telling investigators? A master storyteller whose clever mind may never be matched, Agatha Christie’s untold history offers perhaps her greatest mystery of all.

Presented by Sourcebooks

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A Normal GirlA Normal Girl

Activist Pidgeon Pagonis was born intersex, not conforming to standard definitions of male or female, and experienced genital mutilation as a child. Now Pidgeon is fighting the medical establishment, seeking to end medically unnecessary surgeries and human rights abuses on intersex people in the United States and around the world.

Presented by Women Make Movies

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Fred Gets DressedPeter Brown Presents FRED GETS DRESSED

New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott-honor winning artist Peter Brown presents his new picture book, FRED GETS DRESSED.

Presented by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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RedboneRedbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band Trailer

Experience the riveting, powerful story of the Native American civil rights movement and the resulting struggle for identity told through the high-flying career of Redbone, west coast rock n' roll pioneers behind the hit song “Come and Get Your Love” featured in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy.

Presented by IDW Publishing

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Call Me MaxReycraft Books Up Close: Call Me Max

'Call Me Max' is book 1 in the 'Max and Friends' early chapter book series. Written with warmth and sensitivity by trans writer Kyle Lukoff, this book is a sweet and age-appropriate introduction to what it means to be transgender.

Presented by Reycraft Books

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Roman and JewelRoman and Jewel: I Think I Remember

I Think I Remember

Based on a song mentioned in the Young Adult novel Roman and Jewel, written by Dana L. Davis, set for release January 5th, 2021 by Inkyard Press.

Lead vocals sung by: Ashley Dean and Connor Claypool
Chorus by: The KJDee Band :)
Song written by: Joshua Bonnett https://www.instagram.com/joshua_b91/ and Kevyn Richmond https://www.instagram.com/kevynrichmond/
Additional lyrics by: Dana Davis and Khalid Mitchell
Video edited by: Brandon Chang
Directed by: Dana Davis Executive
Producer: Dana Davis
And seriously? Can we #BringBackBroadway already?

Presented by Harlequin Trade Publishing

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The Teachers March! How Selma's Teachers Changed History

FOUR STARRED REVIEWS!
A Booklist Editor's Choice
An Orbis Pictus Honor Book

★ "An alarmingly relevant book that mirrors current events." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Demonstrating the power of protest and standing up for a just cause, here is an exciting tribute to the educators who participated in the 1965 Selma Teachers' March.

Reverend F.D. Reese was a leader of the Voting Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama. As a teacher and principal, he recognized that his colleagues were viewed with great respect in the city. Could he convince them to risk their jobs--and perhaps their lives--by organizing a teachers-only march to the county courthouse to demand their right to vote? On January 22, 1965, the Black teachers left their classrooms and did just that, with Reverend Reese leading the way. Noted nonfiction authors Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace conducted the last interviews with Reverend Reese before his death in 2018 and interviewed several teachers and their family members in order to tell this story, which is especially important today.

Presented by Boyds Mills & Kane

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Storytime with Uncle George"They Called Us Enemy”: George Takei presents “Story Time with Uncle George"

The iconic George Takei performs a charming and powerful scene from his award-winning graphic memoir, THEY CALLED US ENEMY! Readers of all ages can watch Harmony Becker’s artwork come to life with George Takei’s unforgettable voice.

Presented by IDW Publishing

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The Tiger Rising Movie TrailerThe Tiger Rising Movie Trailer

Enjoy this sneak peek from the set of the Tiger Rising feature film with author Kate DiCamillo and the creative team.

Presented by Candlewick Press

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