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2018 Colorado Teen Video Challenge!

Create a video promoting reading and using the library this summer and you could win a $100 prize and a $50 award for your library!

One winning video created by a teen (13-18) or group of teens will be selected as the Colorado Winner in the national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) “2018 Teen Video Challenge.” Libraries across the country will be able to use the winning video to promote reading and summer library programs! Share your ideas, hone your video production skills, work with friends, and have fun!

How do I enter?

  • Get the Entry Form (PDF) and read all the guidelines.
  • Create your video that encourages other teens to read and use libraries this summer and includes your interpretation of the 2018 CSLP theme of music and slogan “Libraries Rock.” Think music videos, among other creative possibilities!
  • Explore resources (PDF) for additional ideas and information. 
  • Title your video: “2018 TVC-CO- Unique Name” (the same title that you put on the entry form). 
  • Upload your video to YouTube and add closed captioning (if your video includes words in the audio) using the YouTube closed captioning feature.
  • Fill out and sign your Entry Form and Model Release Form(s). Note: everyone appearing in the video must submit a signed Model Release Form, in addition to the video’s creator(s).
  • Scan and email your completed forms to Beth Crist, or send snail mail to Beth Crist, Colorado State Library, 201 E. Colfax Ave Room 309, Denver, CO 80203 by February 26, 2018.

What can I win?

All finalists in the contest will receive a certificate from Colorado’s Lt. Governor recognizing their achievement, and those videos will be featured on the Colorado State Library’s YouTube channel. The creator(s) of the winning video will receive $100 from CSLP and the video will be featured on CSLP’s website for any library in the country to use to promote reading and summer programs to the teens in their community. It’s great exposure for your video!

All videos must:

  • Be 30 to 90 seconds long.
  • Promote the idea of using public libraries and reading.
  • Include your interpretation of the theme of music and slogan “Libraries Rock.”
  • Be designed for use at any library—videos cannot promote one particular library (though it's ok if your library's logo or sign appears in the video).
  • Be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages—that means it must be rated G!

Are there some examples?

Yes! Watch Colorado's winning and finalist videos from 2017.


Q: Can someone younger or older than 13-18 appear in the video?
A: Yes. The video Creator(s) must be between the ages of 13 and 18, but Participants in the video – such as cast members – may be outside of that age range. Everyone that appears in the video, regardless of their age, must submit a Model Release Form.

Q: Can I/we submit more than one video?
A: Yes! You just need to submit a separate Entry Form and Model Release Form(s) with each video.

Q: When will we know the results of the contest?
A: Once each state has selected a winner, CSLP will review them and they'll make an official announcement in mid April 2018. A DVD of the video and a brief written summary will be requested from the winner.

Q: How are the winning video and finalists chosen?
A: A volunteer panel of Colorado librarians select the finalists, and a panel of experts from state level partners select the winning video.

Q: What if I'm 12 now but will be 13 by the deadline, or I'm 18 now but will be 19 by the deadline? Am I eligible for the contest?
A: If you submit your video and forms when you're between 13 and 18, even if you worked on the video outside of that period, you're eligible!

The fine print:

All audio and artwork must be created by you or someone in your team, or be in the public domain (legal for anyone to use without copyright restrictions); if using audio from another source, you must list it on the entry form. Any entry containing copyrighted material (audio, images, etc.) will be disqualified. CSLP (and all CSLP member affiliates) have permission to use the “2018 Teen Video Challenge” submissions, including all work created and all intellectual property embodied therein, as per the Model Release Form. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Contest Rules.

Please contact Beth Crist, Colorado State Library, with questions. 

2018 CSLP teen graphic with boom box and books