2015 Teen Video Challenge Winner – New York State and CSLP

Summer Reading at New York State Libraries is proud to announce the “Unmask” CSLP 2015 Teen Video Challenge Winner for New York State, 1 of 26 Collaborative Summer Library Program winners from across the country.

2015 New York State Teen Video Challenge Winner

“Unmask Your Imagination” read text description

This video was created by Athena Summers, and includes performances by Emma Wilson. – The DeWitt Community Library, DeWitt, NY

2015 New York State Teen Video Challenge Finalist

“Unmask a New Hero” read text description

This video was created by Emma Smith, and includes performances by Isabelle Oktay. – The Rye Free Reading Room, Rye, NY

View the CSLP winning videos from other states.

All videos can be made available to the public by linking to them from your website. Since they each have a different focus, you can choose to use any of these for different situations and promotional needs. Use them to promote summer reading, teen reading at the library, and teen involvement at your library.

2015 Teen Video Challenge “Unmask”

New York State Judging

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 media professionals and celebrity judging panel:

  • Jackson Murphy – film critic for YNN television
  • Dan Judson – Filmmaker/Producer Digital Foundry
  • Karen Balsen – New York State Library, Library Development Specialist, Youth & System Services

The winning video was chosen for its creative and entertaining interpretation of this year’s slogan. Its strong message that teens can find a variety of resources and have fun at the library was a winning combination!


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.