Branch of the Livermore Public Library to Present "It's a REEL World After
All: Teens Making Movies" at ALA Poster Session in June
“Reel Focus: Teen Learning through Video Creativity,” a filmmaking program for low-income teens, developed by staff at the Rincon Branch of the Livermore Public Library, and funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, is an innovative project from which people who work in the nation’s public libraries can learn. Donna Pontau, former Rincon Branch Manager, was so sure her national colleagues would want to know about “Reel Focus” she proposed "It's a REEL World After All: Teens Making Movies” to the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) for a poster session at the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim June 30.
Pontau had the right idea. YALSA and ALA selected the Rincon Branch’s proposal -- an honor for a California public library.
Mary Sue Nocar, Supervising Librarian at the Rincon Branch, is now overseeing the program and says of the ALA tribute, “We’re thrilled to be going to ALA and to be sharing information about how we organized ‘It's a REEL World After All: Teens Making Movies.’ We’re looking forward to showing other public libraries how a local library can offer 5th through 12th grade students from low-income families opportunities they might not find elsewhere.”
“Not only do our kids get to work with high-tech and costly filmmaking equipment, they also learn study skills,” Nocar says. “While making films, they write, plan, organize, edit, and outline. They also speak before groups, and use math to calculate tables and costs.” Nocar says that by June the Rincon Branch will be able to show ALA-attendees films of the kids at work, “a really exciting component of our poster session,” she says.
The Rincon Branch team named their ALA program "It's a REEL World” as a friendly nod to “It’s a Small World,” the legendary ride at the 2008 Conference’s Anaheim neighbor, Disneyland.
For more information about
the 2008 ALA Annual Conference, please visit http://www.ala.org/ala/eventsandconferencesb/annual/2008a/home.cfm.