Teen Video Challenge

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Teen Video Challenge

Create a video promoting Summer Reading!

On Feb. 24 at 4 p.m., join us for Tech Tuesday and the Teen Video Challenge!

The Teen Video Challenge is a competition for teens to create videos that promote reading and libraries under a theme: "Every Hero Has a Story."

See below and check out the CSLP Teen Video Challenge page for details. 

For Tech Tuesday, we will create a video promoting summer reading at the library. It will include our interpretation of "Every Hero Has a Story." You could win an award for the library!

One winning video created by a teen or group of teens will be selected as the national winner in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) 2015 Teen Video Challenge. All state-winning videos will be official 2015 CSLP promotional videos and will be viewed nationwide.

Any teen or group of teens ages 13-18 may enter.

How to participate:

  1. Download the model release form (PDF). Anyone may appear in our video (it does not have to be teens only), but every person appearing in our video must complete and sign a copy of this form. Complete the form and bring them to Tech Tuesday on Feb. 24. 
  2. Explore these resources, including public domain content you may use in your video, copyright guidelines, and previous winning videos for inspiration.
  3. Come to Tech Tuesday to create our video!

What’s at stake:

CSLP will award a national Teen Video Challenge winner or winning team. The library listed on the entry form will receive an award worth $50 from CSLP and Upstart. The winner will be notified in late spring 2015.

All the state winning videos will be posted on the CSLP website and will be available for libraries in D.C. and all around the country to use to promote the 2015 summer reading program.

The fine print:

The 2015 Teen Video Challenge is open only to legal U.S. residents aged 13 to 18. Participants are ineligible if directly related to the panel of judges for the contest. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules. Signed Model Release form(s) must be signed and completed in order to participate. 

Terms and conditions:

All music and artwork must be created by the entrant or be in the public domain, and must be specified as such on the entry form. CSLP (and all CSLP member affiliates) have the permission to use the 2015 Teen Video Challenge submissions, including all work created and all intellectual property embodied therein, as per the Model Release form.

All videos must:

  • Be 30 to 90 seconds long.
  • Promote the idea of using public libraries and reading.
  • Include your interpretation of the 2015 CSLP slogan.
  • Be designed for use at any library. (The video must be usable to promote summer reading at any public library nationwide. For example, the video should not state “Visit the ABC Public Library” but it is OK for your public library's signs to appear in the video.)
  • Be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages.

Consider including closed captioning to make your video accessible to people who are deaf of hard of hearing. YouTube has instructions for adding captions to your video.

Videos will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Message clarity and relevance
  • Motivation and inspiration
  • Overall impact