2016 Teen Video Challenge Winner!

 The New York State Library is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Teen Video Challenge for New York State is “Catch a Book”. This video was created and performed by brothers Brian and Simon Wulf, and submitted by the Newstead Public Library in Akron, New York. Brian and Simon receive a cash prize from CSLP and the Newstead Public Library receives a gift certificate from Upstart.


The annual Teen Video Challenge, organized and sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), is a national competition to encourage teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.  This year, teens made videos to promote summer reading at public libraries with a focus on the CSLP 2016 slogan, “Get in the Game Read!” Winning videos were selected at the state level and are recognized as official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winners for 2016.


The New York State winner for the 2016 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 3 finalists. The second panel of 4 media professionals and celebrity judges then chose “Catch a Book” as this year’s winner.


The New York State Library congratulates all winners and finalists in the 2016 Teen Video Challenge and looks forward to more teens and libraries participating next year. Over the summer, we will be updating this website with Summer Reading resources. Have a fun book filled summer!

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Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded in part through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.