2013 New York State Teen Video Challenge Winner

4/30/13 – The New York State Library is pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Teen Video Challenge for New York State. Amanda Hebblethwaite, Penny Lane, Nicholas Peta, Emily Stott, and Lexi Bruening from the Liverpool Public Library, Liverpool, NY made up the winning team of teen video creators with their engaging video, “Alice in the Maximum Potter Games.” Chosen from entries from across the state, the teens will receive a cash prize of $275 from the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), sponsor of the competition. The Liverpool Public Library will also receive $100 from CSLP plus a $25 gift certificate from Highsmith.

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 an 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.

“Alice in the Maximum Potter Games” is featured on the “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” website http://www.summerreadingnys.org/teens/teen-video-challenge-winners-2013/, along with the top three finalists from New York State and selections from across the country. To see all the state wining videos visit the CSLP “Winner’s Page,” http://www.cslpreads.org/programs/young-adult-program/teen-video-challenge/2013-teen-video-winners.html. All winning videos can be used by teens and public libraries to promote summer reading nationwide.

The judging for the New York State 2013 Teen Video Challenge “Beneath the Surface,” competition was a two part process. Two panels of judges were assembled to review the entries, decide on the finalists, and choose a winner. The first panel of sixteen New York State public librarians narrowed the field of thirty-six entrants down to four finalists who submitted their entries through the Cold Spring Harbor Library, the Port Washington Public Library, and the Liverpool Public Library. The second panel of five ‘celebrity’ judges consisted of Jeffrey W. Cannell – NYS Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education; Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian; Jackson Murphy – film critic for YNN television; Dan Judson – Filmmaker/Producer for Digital Foundry, and Clair Lee, National Student Poet for the Northeast.  After a close vote, the judges chose “Alice in the Maximum Potter Games” to be the winning video for its overall production value, and message that libraries are great places to find a wealth of interesting materials and have fun too.

The New York State Library is very pleased with the third year of the “Teen Video Challenge” and plans to participate in the CSLP sponsored competition in future years. Please check the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website (www.summerreadingnys.org) later this summer or in early Fall for information on the 2014 Teen Video Challenge.

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