April 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Teens Promote Summer Reading Through Video Contest

PrintLooking for ways to entice teens to participate in summer reading? Reel them in with videos created by their peers as part of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge.

In its sixth year, the national video competition encourages young adults to get involved and promote summer reading. This year’s theme is “Get in the Game—Read.” Participating states select one production to be named the official CSLP Teen Video Challenge state winner for 2016. Twenty-five states and over 100 teens took part in the creation of these winning videos.

The top videos were selected at the state level. All submissions had to be 30–90 seconds long, promote the idea of using public libraries and reading, include the teens’ interpretation of “Get in the Game—Read,” be designed for use at any library, and be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages. Entries were evaluated on their creativity, message clarity and relevance, motivation and inspiration, and overall impact.

Honored productions can be found on the CSLP’s website and are available to teens and all public libraries to encourage summer reading nationwide. The budding cinematographers each received a monetary award of $150.

The CSLP is a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children, teens, and adults at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.

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