Book Trailers

Back in the long, light days of early summer, the Leamington Library Reading Hack group, with funding from Warwickshire Libraries and The Reading Agency, worked with the Really Youthful Theatre Company to create its very own book trailer. For six 90 minute sessions, we became the writers, directors, producers and editors of this SHORT FILM. From initial ideas of how we could promote our libraries to younger people, the idea that we showcase some of the more unusual elements of the collection emerged – we’d highlight some of our favourite graphic novels and illustrated editions of books.


During our ideas sessions, we decided to focus on three books:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness,

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson and

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.



All either feature illustrations or are graphic novels and we thought that this way we could showcase the different types of books and resources that are available in Warwickshire Libraries (we’d hoped to be able to feature one of these as an e-book but weren’t able to make this happen in the time we had). The characters in the books were also of a similar age to the group and the audience we were aiming at and several of us had read and enjoyed the books, making us want to share this experience with others.

For many in the group, this was the first time working on a short film. Naomi and Zoe from the RYTC led sessions on developing ideas, storyboarding and location scouting before helping shoot the film and editing it. The sights of Leamington stood in for 1980s Vienna, for Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types and for the dark and brooding setting of Patrick Ness’ novel (can you figure out where we filmed each of our scenes?). Members of library staff provided voice talent for the film and Leamington Library itself featured also.

By taking part in this project, we were able to develop our teamwork and communication skills and consider issues such as copyright. When it came to what music we would be able to use and graphics we might need, this was something we had to consider carefully. We also had had to work on a pitch prior to starting as half of our funding came from The Reading Agency – we had to itemise what we would be spending funds on, plan our budgets and how we would deliver what we aimed to do within a time and spending limit. Click here to view the end product!.

This project is just one of several activities that the Reading Hack group at Leamington Library has been up to this year – we’ve also used Lego and craft material to reproduce books covers (easier said than done) and created our own hashtags to promote our efforts. You can see them here on the @warkslibraries twitter page or search for our hashtags: #7MinuteBookCoverChallenge #LegoBookCoverChallenge.


The group is always open to new members – we meet every Tuesday at Leamington Library from 4.45pm until 5.45 (click here for up-to-date meeting details) and there’s usually refreshments available; for this project, we got through 4 bags of Jelly Tots, 3 giant bags of potato hoops, 2 packets of hobnobs and 2 of bourbon biscuits and a bottle of summer fruits squash – it’s hungry and thirsty work!

Hope you can join us.

And …… cut!