Ninjas of Knowledge!
One from the archives! This was our entry into last years I Love My Library video contest, hosted by Thompson-Gale. The challenge was to create a video under two minutes that showed why you love your library. Inspiration struck and we decided the video should involve ninjas and roller derby.
More here: http://kckpl media.word press.com/2008/05/12/ ninjas-of-knowledge
Tags: ninjas roller derby roller skating library libraries Thompson-Gale I Love My Library library video kansas city kansas wyandotte county
Added: 6 years ago
[scene opens with two women (wearing sunglasses and track suits) enter the Kansas City Kansas Public Library]
NARRATOR: Gertrude and Mabel wanna play roller derby. They go to the library to do some research.
[cut to the woman in the blue tracksuit walking up to the reference desk, when a ninja pops up from behind the desk]
MABEL: Okay, um ... I was looking for some books or some information on roller derby. Roller skating, that kind of thing.
[the ninja ducks under the desk (played in sped-up motion) then returns with a red helmet and pads, then bows and starts typing on the computer]
[cut to the woman in the orange tracksuit, as she talks to another (?) ninja while flipping through DVD cases at the audio-visual desk]
GERTRUDE: "Kansas City Bomber?" "Rollerball" and "Derby?" Alright! Do you have anything else?
[the ninja hands her another DVD case and bows]
GERTRUDE: "Lipstick and Dynamite, First Ladies of Wrestling?" Awesome, thanks!
[another ninja pops up from behind the desk, places some roller blades in front of her, then bows]
[cut to the woman in the blue tracksuit (now wearing the red helmet) sitting at a computer terminal, when a ninja runs up and places some books in front of her before running back off camera]
MABEL: Huh, roller derby histories ...
[the ninja returns and places more books in front of her before disappearing (as the woman in the orange tracksuit can be seen skating, then falling, in the background)]
MABEL: Rules of roller derby ...
[the ninja returns and puts another book on the pile before disappearing]
MABEL: Roller skate maintenance ...
[the woman in the orange tracksuit skates past (and the woman in the blue tracksuit quickly hands her some pads as she's moving) then the ninja returns with more books]
MABEL: Books and essays on speed and physics ...
[the woman in the orange tracksuit returns and places some roller skates on the table, then the ninja returns with more books]
MABEL: It's a really great selection, that's gonna be really helpful ...
[the woman in the orange tracksuit returns and grabs one of the books before leaving]
[cut to the woman in the orange tracksuit walking through the stacks, reading the book]
GERTRUDE: Hmm ...
[she stops and looks up, then sees a copy of "Roller Girl" sitting on top of one of the bookshelves]
[cut to the woman in the blue tracksuit sitting next to a ninja typing at the computer, when the woman in the orange tracksuit skates up next to them]
MABEL: This computer ninja is helping me to start a MySpace group and a message board, so that we can find other girls to play roller derby.
GERTRUDE: Awesome! Hey look, I need your help ...
[cut to the two (wearing "Library Power" t-shirts) skating through the library, past a ninja reshelving books, when Mabel whips Gertrude past the reference desk to give her enough momentum to jump up to the top of the shelf]
NARRATOR: As the narrator, I feel it's my responsibility to tell you that it's not really a good idea to roller skate in a library.
[cut to slow motion footage of Gertrude grabbing for the copy of "Roller Girl", but instead tipping it up into the air]
NARRATOR: We're just trying to illustrate a point here.
[cut to Gertrude rolling on the floor after "landing", then looking up at the book flying through the air]
[cut to Mabel sliding into the scene to try to grab it, but then a ninja appears and grabs it out of the air]
[cut to the ninja handing the copy of "Roller Girl" to Mabel, while holding a step stool in the other hand]
NINJA: I would've let you use my step stool ...
[the two women high five and scream "Library Power!"]