All are invited to submit 52-second films

An old friend of mine is involved with an arts organization called Hall Farm. He's helping get the word out about their upcoming 52-second film festival.

The 52-Second Film Festival - With the first public screening of a motion picture on December 28, 1895, brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiére ushered in the age of cinema. The event was a demonstration of their device, the cinematograph, which served as camera, projector, and printer. The length of the Lumiéres' original reels was 52 seconds.

The 52-Second Film Festival poses the challenge of the original motion picture and presents the opportunity for artists working in a variety of media to revisit and re-invent this most original of mediums. Judges will include filmmakers, writers, visual artists, and performers, who will watch every entry and select finalists and winners.

I know we don't have a lot of filmmakers on this list, but come on. You can make a 52-second film using your cellphone! I'm encouraging everyone to put something together and submit it. Wouldn't it be cool if a librarian won the prize?


InMyBook: Librarian Bookmarks / Greeting Cards

LISNews author birdie has an interesting day job, she sells library oriented cards. She runs In My Book where she sells elegant, long-line cards that start out as a great way to convey greetings to friends, and end up as a bookmark that they can use everyday (a natural recycler!).The die-cut card (folded size 3 1/8 X 8 1/2") has a perforated, detachable bookmark as the front of the card, and is blank inside for your note. In My Book is packaged in cellophane with a light red envelope for mailing... You can check out all the Cards and Place An Order on her site, If your library has a gift shop or shelf, or the "friends" run a semi-annual booksale, check out her wholesale website at



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