Animoto is an online video service that supports the creation of high-impact, 30-second videos for FREE. It's easy to use for students or librarians; no downloads required!
Below: Armchair Adventures: Great True Adventures for Teens

Create your own video slideshow at


Blabberize allows you to take any picture and turn it into a video!
Below: a quick peek at Libba Bray's Beauty Queens!

Or, create a Blabberize to teach a Library Media Center "routine" or management tip:

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Create videos that combine still images, narrations, and music in a snap!

Microsoft's Photo Story 3 is a free and easy digital storytelling program for those who don't want to learn advanced video editing. Photo Story 3 is free to those who have a licensced copy of Microsoft Windows.

Use Photo Story 3 to create trailers for individual books, for authors or for genres. Post the presentations on your website, blog, or a wiki about books. Encourage students to use the presentations to help with readers advisory, use them as an occasional alternative to live book talks, or use them as a teaching tool. Students can create their own Photo Stories about their favorite books or authors, or even as a culminating project for an information literacy task.

Promoting Fiction

Biography/Research Starters