February 25, 2018

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Flocabulary Launches “We Heart Librarians” Contest

 Calling all performance-inclined library media specialists. Think you can pull off a song about what librarians do—as a rap? Flocabulary, creator of multimedia K–12 lessons to a hip-hop beat, is seeking video submissions of fans rapping along to the lyrics of “Ode to Librarians,” (below) a new unit produced by the Brooklyn, NY-based outfit.

Geared for grades six to twelve, the song teaches students about the role of media specialists, and it exceeds volumes of fiction and nonfiction. To “search better than Google, declare the lyrics, “come and find me.” The production also addresses “a few misconceptions about our profession….” “We don’t read all day, our hair’s not in a bun. We don’t all wear glasses, don’t always say “shush.”

To enter the “We Heart Librarians” Contest, record a video of yourself—solo or with a group—singing or lip-syncing along to the song for a chance to be featured in an “Ode to Librarians” remix video. You don’t have to be a librarian to submit and students are encouraged to participate (with the necessary permissions secured). Lyrics and a downloadable MP3 of the song, along with complete rules, are available via the contest page.

Submissions are due by November 30, 2013, and winners will be announced December 15.

Kathy Ishizuka About Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka (kishizuka@mediasourceinc.com@kishizuka on Twitter) is the Executive Editor of  School Library Journal.

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