2015 Teen Video Challenge Winner – New York State and CSLP

Description of “Unmask Your Imagination”

While a teenage sorceress catches up on the latest local library edition of Dark Arts Defense for Heroes, she notices a patron reading an article on “5 Spells to Totally Trash Heroes”. This mysterious person then lowers her magazine to expose a hideous mask! Slowly, she removes the mask to reveal a grinning face that might be that of the sorceress’ evil twin! Spooked, the sorceress studies even more intently, grateful that public library books, magazines, and other materials help all teens be ready for whatever their moods might unmask through imagination.

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Description of “Unmask a New Hero”

A teenage girl approaches a public library, and goes up the steps. She opens the door and the screen fades to a caption that says “You know the Heroes.” The girl is then shown reading Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, The Rangers Apprentice: Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan, Matched by Ally Condie, and Eragon by Christopher Paolini with her face hidden by the book covers in all the shots. The screen goes black with text saying “But now its time to UNMASK." The girl is now seen reading and then stepping up on a stool to select a book. She slowly opens the book Allegiant. More text reads “A new hero.” The girl is seen reading The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, and she slowly lowers the book from her face, looks into the camera, and smiles as text comes at the bottom of the screen saying “You!” The screen fades to black. The girl is then shown opening the library door and selecting a book from a shelf with the words “Head over to your local library to unmask the hero inside you!” displayed over the images. Text saying “Read on!” appears and then cuts to the credits, “By Emma Smith, Starring Isabelle Oktay,” while the girl raises an eyebrow over a book cover in the background.

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New York State Library

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.