Announcing the 2021 Teen Video Challenge Results

2021 will be the last year for this long-running contest sponsored and coordinated by CSLP. We hope that public and school library staff will consider coordinating a similar contest next year on a local level to engage teen students and encourage them to create public service type videos to promote reading and library use all year long.  The New York State Library would like to thank public and school library and system staff for once again promoting teen participation in the Teen Video Challenge! Your efforts and dedication working with students and teens to encourage and promote Summer Reading and Summer Learning are truly appreciated.

Congratulations to the five official winners of the national 2021 CSLP Teen Video Challenge! These winning videos were created by teens during the summer and submitted by their supporting libraries to help promote Summer Reading and Summer Learning as well as highlight and interpret the 2021 animal theme and slogan of Tails and Tales! The creative and inspiring videos came from a total of 33 libraries around the country, and New York State was well represented with 11 teens/teams of teens entering the national competition. Links to the 4 winning New York State videos and the winning video from Florida can be found below.

The winning teens/teen teams each received a $200 cash prize from CSLP, and will also have their videos featured on the national CSLP site and the Summer Reading at New York Libraries site. Please share these videos widely within your library networks and communities, and encourage libraries and schools to use any/all of the winning videos to help promote their summer programs, reading, and library use.

A Fairy Tail Come to Life (NY)

Alexa T, Eddie X, Grace C, Grace K, Izzy C
Colonie Library, Loudonville, NY (Upper Hudson Library System)

Warrior Cat Blues (NY)

Gene Weng and Will Kretz
Sayville Public Library, Sayville, NY (Suffolk Cooperative Library System)

Discovering Tales (NY)

Sarah Sears
Minerva Free Library, Sherman, NY (Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System)
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Tails and Tails: A Summer Of Reading (FL)

Caitlin Faulkenberry
Seminole County Public Library System

Tails&Tales, Reading with a Buddy (NY)

Luna Adams
Mulberry Street Library, New York, NY (New York Public Library System)
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2020 Teen Video Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 CSLP Teen Video Challenge celebrating Summer Reading and “Imagine Your Story!” These five creative and inspiring videos came from teens in Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, Ohio, and Arizona; there were also two honorable mentions from Oregon and Texas. Links to the winning New York State video from Molly Graiff of North Greenbush Public Library and to the other 4 winning TVC video entries can be found below!

CSLP received a total of 72 video entries nationwide this year, which is certainly impressive with most schools and libraries closed down and Summer Reading programs switching to a virtual format. The New York State Library would like to thank all of the public and school libraries and library systems in the state for promoting teen participation in this year’s Teen Video Challenge! Your efforts, creativity and dedication to working with students and teens in your libraries to encourage and promote Summer Reading are truly appreciated.

We look forward to more creative TVC entries from New York State in 2021 when the slogan will be “Tails and Tales!”


Shamika Kanitkar
Bookish Tales: Rapunzel’s Library Adventure

Ava Lazar and Julian Schenker
Finding a Story

Molly Graiff
North Greenbush Public Library, NY
The Places I Can Go

Avery Casey
Your Story

Gabriel Yorty


For questions, contact Sharon Phillips, Coordinator of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, at or (518) 486-4863.

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.