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Parody Videos for Community Engagement

Parody Videos for Community Engagement 

How can parody videos help reframe and reshape people's ideas about books and libraries? Meet Kelly Campos and Ashley Sander from the Homewood Public Library in Illinois. They have created several popular parody videos with library colleagues and the community. Check out "Library Card," a parody of "Drivers License" by Olivia Rodrigo; "Read Me Maybe," a parody Parody of Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen, and "Leer Despacito,' a Banned Book Week Parody of Despacito by Luis Fonsi w/ Justin Bieber. 

DATE: Tuesday, June 29, 2021

TIME: 12 - 1 pm ET

LOCATION: ONLINE. Click here to register

We'll discuss:

  • What is the creative process involved in writing a parody song about books and libraries? 
  • What are some tips for gettting started in writing your own parody video? 
  • How do library video productions connect to the collection and the community? 
  • Why should librarians consider collaborating to create video productions?  What are the benefits to the staff and the community? 

This program is part of the Librarians on YouTube Series


Kelly Campos, MLIS, in the Children's Librarian at Homewood Public Library in Illinois. She has been working in libraries since 2014, focusing on creating fun and educational programs that engage the public. Kelly believes that librarianship is the only job that allows her to use every bit of her checkered past as Second City Detroit Mainstage performer, rock singer/songwriter, 6th grade ballerina, and former Kinko’s Copy Specialist; as a springboard for promoting literacy and a love for the written word. Kelly is a mild mannered children’s librarian by day; musician, storyteller, and collector of tiny boxes (just in case) by night.

Ashley Sander is the Programming Coordinator at Homewood Library. With a background in Irish Literature and theology, her path to libraries and pop culture programming was clear. Sort of. Ashley’s main job is telling Kelly “no” and secretly throwing out her tiny boxes.