West Branch Local Schools Wins State Library of Ohio 2015 Teen Video Challenge

WR-school-3NEWS FROM THE STATE LIBRARY OF OHIO: The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) has announced the winners of the 2015 Teen Video Challenge. The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program. Winning videos are selected at the state level.

This video competition is in its fifth year of encouraging teens to get involved with promoting summer reading and public libraries, with a focus on the CSLP 2015 slogan, “Unmask.” Each participating state selected one winning video to be named the official CSLP Teen Video Challenge state winner for 2015. Twenty-six states, and over one hundred teens, participated in the creation of these winning videos.

The state winner for Ohio, selected by a team of librarians and teen judges, is “Groovy Groo and the Book Muncher” by students at West Branch Local Schools, supporting the Sebring Branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

The judges also selected two Ohio runners up: “Phantom of the Library”, by teens supporting the Wright Memorial Public Library and “READ!”, by a teen supporting the Evergreen Community Library

All the winning videos may also be accessed here: http://www.cslpreads.org/programs/teen-program/teen-video-challenge/

These videos are fantastic fun.


Mrs. Adrienne Lesnett, English Language Arts teacher at West Branch Schools, heard about the Teen Video Challenge from Sebring Library Librarian Cindy Christani. She shared her good news with our librarian: “Hi, Cindy. In case you haven’t heard yet…My Young Adult Lit class has won the Teen Reading Summer Video Contest!!! I just got word from Janet Dwyer at the State Library of Ohio this week…We will receive a $150 check payable to the school…Thank you for letting us know about this contest which was an incredible journey…I am extremely proud of these students, as I know you are. I will be in touch.”

The winning videos exemplify the diversity of our country and of the teens that created them. Whether produced by an individual teen, groups of teens, a teen library club, or a teen school group, all exhibit creativity and illustrate quality work on the part of the industrious teen film makers. Many videos use humor or literary references to communicate the “Unmask” idea. Others use more introspective and informative approaches, incorporating inspirational quotes and original music compositions. In addition to promoting reading and the “Unmask” slogan, it is clear from all these videos that teens value their public libraries.

For their hard work and creativity, each winner for this year’s competition will receive a monetary award of $150 and the associated public library will receive prizes from Upstart and Candlewick.

CSLP plans to continue the Teen Video Challenge for 2016. Please check the CSLP website (www.cslpreads.org) in early fall for information on the 2016 Teen Video Challenge.

CSLP is a consortium of states working together, sharing ideas, expertise, and costs to produce a high-quality summer reading program for children, teens, and adults.

It’s wonderful to see all this creativity showcased. Make sure to watch some of these videos and get re-energized for summer! This may inspire your teens to submit a video for next year’s challenge too.

Janet Ingraham Dwyer
Library Consultant