Resources for Young Adults

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) has announced the winners of the 2015 Teen Video Challenge, a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program. This competition is in its fifth year of encouraging teens to get involved with promoting summer reading and public libraries with a focus on the CSLP 2014 slogan, “Unmask.”  Each participating state selected one winning video to be named the official CSLP Teen Video Challenge state winner. Twenty-six states and over one hundred teens participated in the creation of these winning videos.

In Colorado, teens from across the state submitted excellent videos to the contest. It was challenging to select a winner, but the selection panel panel—consisting of CO public librarians and staff from Rocky Mountain PBS—chose a video by a team of teens at the Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch and patrons of Douglas County Libraries, led by student Daniel Lindeen, entitled “Stolen Knowledge.” The selection panel also chose 5 videos that are this year’s honorable mentions, representing Douglas County Libraries, Denver Public Library, and Poudre River Public Library District. Please watch these six creative videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8riLQL7j5vzBAKpjWO_pW3KYI7xowszI. Congratulations to all of Colorado’s teens that participated in the contest and shared their skills and creativity, and thanks to all of you that promoted the contest in your communities!

To view the winning video from each participating state, please visit CSLP’s website at http://www.cslpreads.org/programs/teen-program/teen-video-challenge/. Public libraries are welcome and encouraged to use any or all of these videos to promote summer reading nationwide.

The 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 advisory board, or a school group, all exhibit creativity and illustrate quality work on the part of the industrious teen film makers.  In addition to promoting reading and the “Unmask” 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 $150 and the associated public library will receive prizes from Upstart and Candlewick. The awards can be used as each winner sees fit.

CSLP, and the CO State Library, plan to continue the Teen Video Challenge in 2016.  Watch for an announcement in early fall for information on the 2016 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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