So far there have been two “One Minute Critic” events at the Vancouver Community Library in Vancouver, Washington. It’s possible a third evening will be planned for summer 2009, but we’ll see how everything goes. I’ve posted the videos from the first two evenings, and I’m also working on some other methods of gathering opinions from other people in the community. On several occasions, I’ve been able to go out to assisted living facilities and record some residents talking about books they’ve read – that was a wonderful experience, and I am planning another visit soon!
Also, I’m working on using the time I spend at library conferences to collect videos from conference attendees – they get some experience in front of a camera and I get some videos for the list!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have to stand up in front of everyone and talk? Yes. Yes you do.
Will I be videoed? It’s up to you – primarily we’re interested in community and getting everyone together. There will be a video camera there, ready to go, but if you would rather not be videoed, we understand that too, and we won’t make you do anything that you don’t want to do.
What happens to the videos? The videos are posted to YouTube and blip.tv, two online video sharing websites. From those two locations, the videos are re-distributed to a variety of other locations online, including the FVRL website and this blog.
Will I be timed? Not exactly. But if you go on too long, we’ll all start fidgeting and coughing.
What are the free books? Are they any good? The free books are all Trade Paperback editions of really great books in a wide array of genres. There are classic mysteries, literature, short stories, critically acclaimed genre fiction of a variety of types, some narrative non-fiction, biographies, and more! I have about 50 books total to give away, all different. The books will be wrapped in plain brown paper, so you won’t know what you’re getting until after everyone has done their review. Then we’ll open our parcels with wild abandon, and there will be much joy.
What if more than 50 people sign up to talk? Ah, if i could be so lucky! If more than 50 people show up, I will categorize the event as an amazing success, and plan for a larger attendance next time. As this is the first time we’ve ever done anything like this, I have no idea how many people will actually show up, or how many will want to talk (as opposed to just listen to other people).
You didn’t answer my question. OK, we’ll have a sign-up sheet, where you can sign up, telling us your name and the book you are going to review. We’ll probably later put the list of books reviewed (without your names) here at the One Minute Critic, for future reference. If more than 50 attend, then the sign up sheet will be full, and we’ll just let people know that they should still come in and watch the reviews. If more than 50 show up, that will tell us that there’s a lot of interest in the program, and it will make us want to do it again, and plan for a larger attendance (though not much larger – there are only so many 1 minute reviews that can be packed into a 2 hour program, all things considered)
Will there be free refreshments at this event? No. Maybe. I don’t know yet.
More questions? Ask me in the comments so i can help you and others get the answers you need!