Press Release: CSLP Teen Video Contest Winners Announced's picture

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) announced the winners of the 2013 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 2013.

This video competition is in its third year of encouraging teens to get involved with promoting summer reading and public libraries with a focus on the CSLP 2013 slogan, “Beneath the Surface.”  Each participating state selected one winning video to be named the official CSLP Teen Video Challenge state winner for 2013. Twenty-six states and over one hundred teens participated in the creation of these winning videos.

The winners were announced on April 17, 2013 during the CSLP Annual Meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia. Official CSLP
Teen Video Challenge winners were named from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

"Idaho did host a contest this year," said Erica Compton, Idaho Commission for Libraries Project Coordinator. "Unfortunately, no qualifying entries were submitted." The contest was promoted on the Idaho Library Listserv, in the ICfL's monthly youth services newsletter, and in several trainings and presentations last fall.

To view this year’s winning videos, please visit CSLP’s website at  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 “Beneath the Surface” idea.  Others use more introspective and informative approaches, incorporating inspirational quotes and original music compositions.  In addition to promoting reading and the “Beneath the Surface” 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 2014.  Please check the CSLP website( early fall for information on the 2014 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.