The video player that I have used to embed the book trailers on this site is called VPFactory. When Vodpod closed I was really upset, as I loved their embeddable widget and missed it from Heart. However, this site is free and much better, I think, as you can make customised players which allow people to choose the video they want. Using and uploading the videos is free and very easy. I have made customised players for different book genres on my new school website, for instance. I am not being sponsored for this by the way, just thought you would all like to know about a fabulous new tool for promoting reading!
One of the privileges of writing this blog, is the fantastic emails with information that I get sent. This is an example of one such email. Frances Tout, the librarian at Broadoak School wrote to me to show me the fantastic comment wall that her school library made in response to National Library Day. Students and staff were invited to make comments on post-it notes and to attach them to this wall – and just look at the number of great responses she received! Then Frances went on to mention her school library website, and would I like to take a look. The website is amazing, and one of the best examples of a school library website that I personally have come across. The website has everything students need – author websites, latest news, subject links, information links, student and staff top books – it is jammed full of great information, but with a readable, unfussy style. Frances reports that the Year 7 students have really taken to the blog, as have staff, and there is a staff only area which has the latest reports on reading and literacy. I hope you agree that this is an example of exactly why we need professionals in our schools – librarians are so much more than just ‘book stampers’ and Frances is a great example of this.