Washington State Library ‘2012 Teen Video Challenge’

Are you a teen who aspires to be the next Steven Spielberg or Spike Lee? Do you love to make fun, cool videos? Here is your chance to put that cinematic creativity to good use and help promote reading and libraries at the same time.

  • Sunday, December 11, 2011 12:36am
  • Life

Are you a teen who aspires to be the next Steven Spielberg or Spike Lee? Do you love to make fun, cool videos? Here is your chance to put that cinematic creativity to good use and help promote reading and libraries at the same time.

The “2012 Teen Video Challenge” is a national video competition now underway. Its goal is for more teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program. The contest ends March 9, 2012.

The Washington State Library is partnering with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) to promote the video contest.

“Thanks to computers, it’s easy to make videos, and teens love to make them,” said State Librarian Rand Simmons. “We hope they’ll put that talent and creativity to good use here by joining this contest and creating videos that highlight how reading and libraries can be a fun and important part of summertime for teens.”

Teens across the country are invited to create a 30-to-90-second public service announcement video with their unique interpretation of the 2012 teen slogan “Own the Night” in combination with reading and libraries.

The video produced by a Washington student or group of students that best encourages use of their local public libraries and promotes reading all summer long will take the state contest prize. The top video will be featured throughout 2012 as the official PSA for Washington’s Summer Reading Program.

The CSLP will award $275 to each State Teen Video Challenge Winner. Each winner’s public library or member affiliate will receive $100 from CSLP and $50 from Upstart.

The winning video from each participating state will be named one of the CSLP 2012 Teen Videos to promote summer reading nationwide.  At the conclusion of the competition, all winning videos will be made available to view on the CSLP website.

In addition, the Washington State Library and Office of Secretary of State will post the top 10 Washington applicant videos on the Secretary of State’s website.

Here is how to take part in the contest:

  1. Go to “Own the Night” Teen Video Challenge 2012.
  2. Create a 30-90 second video that encourages teens to read and use libraries this summer. Include your interpretation of the 2012 CSLP teen slogan “Own the Night.”
  3. Explore the “Resource for video creation” page for additional ideas and information.
  4. Entitle your video: “2012 TVC-WA-Unique Name.” Please choose a unique name that does not include your real name (example: 2012 TVC-WA-J. Smith-Krpton123)
  5. Upload your video to YouTube.com or Vimeo.com.
  6. Fill out Model Release form and Entry form .
  7. Mail completed forms by March 9, 2012 to:

2012 Teen Video Challenge

Washington State Library

6880 Capital Blvd S

PO Box 42460

Olympia, WA 98504

Winners will be announced by CSLP in spring 2012.

The Washington State Library’s Summer Reading program can be found at http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/projects/summerreading/.

To learn more, visit the Teen Video Challenge homepage at http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/projects/summerreading/.

The Teen Video challenge began early this year when CSLP encouraged teens to create videos telling their friends and fellow teens across the U.S. about libraries and summertime reading for fun. To view last year’s winning videos, visit the CSLP “2011 Winners Page” at http://cslpreads.org/winners.html.

The CSLP is a grassroots consortium of 50 states, Washington, D.C., American Samoa, and the Mariana Islands working together to provide children, teens, and families with summer reading program and promotional materials for public libraries.

For full details about the CSLP “2012 Teen Video Challenge” and to find out how to enter your state’s competition, please visitwww.cslpreads.org.


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