2015 New York State Teen Video Challenge Winner

The New York State Library is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Teen Video Challenge for New York State is “Unmask Your Imagination.” This video was created by Athena Summers, and includes performances by Emma Wilson. The video was submitted by the DeWitt Community Library in DeWitt, New York.

The Teen Video Challenge, organized and sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.  This year teens made videos to promote summer reading and public libraries with a focus on the CSLP 2015 slogan, “Unmask.” Winning videos were selected at the state level and are recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2015.

Chosen from entries from across the state, the New York State winning video creator will receive a cash prize of $150 from CSLP and the DeWitt Community Library will receive prizes from Upstart and Candlewick.

The New York State winning and finalist videos are featured on the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website at http://www.summerreadingnys.org/teens/teen-video-challenge-winners-2015/. Winners from all participating states were announced on April 13, 2015 during the CSLP Annual Meeting held in Newport, Rhode Island. To see all 26 state winning videos visit the CSLP page http://www.cslpreads.org/programs/teen-program/teen-video-challenge/. All winning videos can be used by teens and public libraries to promote summer reading throughout New York State and nationwide.

The New York State winner for the 2015 Teen Video Challenge was selected through a two-step process. In the first round of judging, 19 New York State public librarians narrowed the entrants down to 2 finalists. The second panel of 3 media professionals and celebrity judges chose “Unmask Your Imagination” as this year’s winner.

The New York State Library is very pleased with the fifth year of the Teen Video Challenge and plans to participate in the CSLP-sponsored competition in the future. Please check the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website, www.summerreadingnys.org, later this year for information about the 2016 Teen Video Challenge.

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