Driving book trailers to new locations — at libraries

You’ll often see book trailers on an author’s website and the publisher’s youtube channel. But did you know that your public library’s catalog is another easy place to view book trailers? It’s also a great place to put a book trailer, whether you’re an author, a teacher, a parent, a young reader (or any age reader). All you need is a library card and you can add content — ratings, reviews, lists of favorites, tags, videos — to a book’s record in the public catalog.

My hometown library is Seattle Public Library, and we share catalog content with our nearby neighbors at King County Library System and our far away friends at Boston Public Library, and dozens of other libraries in between. When I uploaded this book trailer for The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox to Seattle’s catalog, it also shows up here at Boston Public Library.

And when I added the book trailer for Sarah Albee’s wonderful nonfiction book Why’d They Wear That? to Seattle’s catalog, it shows up here at San Francisco Public Library as well.

Here are a few other book trailers from recent middle-grade books I’ve loved — all uploaded via my local library’s website (I’ve listed a sampling of libraries where they show up, too):

Not every library has the ability (or has chosen to) include videos in their catalogs. But I encourage you to check to see if yours does. And if it does, you can start playing around with rating books, making lists, and tagging local authors (here’s what comes up under the tag “Seattle authors“).

Video interviews, book reviews and book talks also make great content to enhance a library catalog. If your students are working on book-related videos, consider broadening their viewership by adding their work to a library catalog. If you’re an author and one of your presentations or interviews is filmed, consider uploading the video to your book’s catalog record.




Linda Johns
  1. Very helpful, Linda. I’m logged into SPL. Need to figure out where to post my book trailer. And I good reminder to read Tracey’s JUMBIES now.

  2. I can’t wait to get home and get to my library! And thanks so much for the lovely shout-out!

  3. This is super cool. Thanks for teaching me something today. And thanks so much for including Nanny X Returns! You rock!

  4. Such a wonderful post! Thanks so much for including the trailer for Fish in a Tree! 🙂

  5. I’m so glad I learned about this! Thank you, Linda – it’s a great thing for authors to know. And thanks for including my trailer.

  6. Very cool! a) thanks for including the trailer for The Jumbies, b) I had NO idea that library patrons could do this. I’m going to check my library system right now! Thank you again!