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2014 Colorado Teen Video Contest

 

Colorado and National Teen Video Challenge Winners Announced

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) has announced the winners of the 2014 Teen Video Challenge. The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program. Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2014.

This video competition is in its fourth year of encouraging teens to get involved with promoting summer reading and public libraries with a focus on the CSLP 2014 slogan, “Spark a Reaction.” Each participating state selected one winning video to be named the official CSLP Teen Video Challenge state winner for 2014. Twenty-six states and over one hundred teens participated in the creation of these winning videos.

Teens submitted twenty-five strong videos to the Colorado challenge from across the state. Bethany Hagerott of Longmont submitted the winning video, entitled “Inspire,” through the Longmont Public Library (www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdgRt9g-WtE). About her video, Bethany said, "Reading has always been a big part of my life--from Dr. Seuss to Charles Dickens. I hope that my video and the other videos in the contest can inspire a new generation to enjoy reading."

“Bethany’s winning video is a heartfelt reminder to all of us who work with children and teens, directly and indirectly, to never underestimate what we do, and what they can do,” said Elektra Greer, Children’s and Teen Services Director at the Longmont Public Library. “All of us here at the Longmont Library agree we couldn’t have envisioned a more beautiful video, or a more inspiring message!”

Colorado also recognizes two videos as runners-up, both from the Denver Public Library, entitled “Spark and Emotion” and “Reading to Solve Depression,” as well as five honorable mentions. All eight videos are available for viewing at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8riLQL7j5vxMLjYE9bj51iBcO0lEst-B.

To view all twenty-six of this year’s winning videos from across the country, please visit CSLP’s website at www.cslpreads.org. The winning videos can be used by all teens and all public libraries to promote summer reading nationwide.

The winning videos exemplify the diversity of our country and of the teens that created them. Whether produced by an individual teen, groups of teens, a teen library club, or a teen school group, all exhibit creativity and illustrate quality work on the part of the industrious teen film makers.  Many videos use humor or literary references to communicate the “Spark a Reaction” idea.  Others use more introspective and informative approaches, incorporating inspirational quotes and original music compositions.  In addition to promoting reading and the “Spark a Reaction” slogan, it is clear from all these videos that teens value their public libraries.

For their hard work and creativity, each winner for this year’s competition will receive a monetary award of $275 and the associated public library will receive prizes worth $125 from CSLP and Upstart. The awards can be used as each winner sees fit.

CSLP plans to continue the Teen Video Challenge for 2015. Please check this webpage and the CSLP website (www.cslpreads.org) in early fall for information on the 2015 Teen Video Challenge.

CSLP is a consortium of states working together, sharing ideas, expertise, and costs to produce a high-quality summer reading program for children, teens, and adults.

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