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Blank on Blank Creates the ‘Tom Robbins on Jitterbugs’ Video

The Blank on Blank organization has created an animated video starring Even Cowgirls Get the Blues author Tom Robbins. The video embedded above features outtakes from a previously unheard interview conducted with Tod Mesirow that took place in 1994. In the past, the producers behind this YouTube channel made pieces about I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings memoirist Maya Angelou, Where the Wild Things Are creator Maurice Sendak, and Infinite Jest novelist David Foster Wallace.

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Larry King Performs a ‘Farewell Poem’ For Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson will be leaving The Late, Late Show on December 19th. In honor of Ferguson’s departure, Larry King read a “farewell poem” during his appearance. The video embedded above features King’s full performance—what do you think?

How to Craft a Cardboard Baby Groot

Still working on picking up gifts for the holiday season? The Homemade Game Guru YouTube channel offers a “Dollar Store Hack” solution for Guardians of the Galaxy fans: a “Cardboard Baby Groot Superhero” craft. If you want to make this project, watch the video tutorial embedded above. What do you think?

How Does One Create a Pop-Up Book?

What does it take to make a pop-up book? The TED-Ed team has created a video called “Bringing a Pop-Up Book to Life.”

The book within the lesson focuses on the subject of tectonic plates. We’ve embedded the animated video above—what do you think?

‘The Hobbit: The Complete Journey’ Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral

To honor the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, film editor Joel Walden created a fan-made trailer called “The Hobbit: The Complete Journey.” The video embedded above has drawn more than 159,000 views on YouTube—what do you think?

New Line Cinema had originally planned to shoot a two-part Hobbit film adaptation. Many J. R. R. Tolkien fans have criticized Peter Jackson for stretching out The Hobbit story into a trilogy.

Stephen Colbert Dresses Up to Celebrate The Hobbit

In celebration of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies movie, The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert dressed up as Bilbo Baggins, Legolas Greenleaf, and Gandalf the Grey for the cover of Entertainment Weekly. In the video embedded above, he talks about the experience.

Besides The Hobbit photos, this issue also features an essay where Colbert talks about his long-time infatuation with J.R.R. Tolkien’s books and an interview between Colbert and director Peter Jackson. Follow this link to watch a behind-the-scenes footage of the cover shoot.

How to Craft a Centerpiece With Old Books

Still not finished decorating? Recycle an old book and transform it into a “Book Page Christmas Tree Centerpiece.”

If you want to make this project, watch the video tutorial (from the Factory Direct Craft YouTube channel) embedded above. What seasonal decor pieces do you enjoy making?

Kids Read ‘Little Humans’ Book Out Loud: VIDEO

What happens when you give a Humans of New York book to a group of kids? The video embedded above features “little humans reading Little Humans.”

The Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group released Brandon Stanton’s book back in October 2014. Click here to watch a 92Y video to learn more about this project.

Candlewick Press Re-Imagines the ’12 Days of Christmas’ Song

What would happen if bibliophiles re-imagined the “12 Days of Christmas” song? The music video embedded above features the Candlewick Press staff performing the “12 Days of Candlewick Holiday.” This children’s books-themed track replaces “a partridge in a pear tree” with “a red hat on a big bear.” What do you think?

’14 Lines from Love Letters or Suicide Notes’ Poetry Video Goes Viral

Doc Luben wrote a poem called “14 Lines from Love Letters or Suicide Notes.” He recited the piece at the Individual World Poetry Slam.

The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring Luben’s performance and it has since drawn over 29,000 views. Follow this link to read the full text.

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