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Teen advisory group at library wins award

Teen advisory group at library wins award
The Obion County Pub-lic Library Teen Advi-sory Group has won the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s Teen Video Challenge for Sum-mer Reading representing Tennessee for the second year in a row.
The winners of the 2012 Teen Video Challenge were announced during the CSLP annual meeting held in Hershey, Pa.
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 were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2012. Official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winners were named from the following states: Alabama, California, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mas-sachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Wash-ington. Each participating state selected one winning video to be named the official CSLP Teen Video Challenge state winner for 2012. Twenty-three states and more than 100 teens participated in the creation of these winning videos.
This video competition is in its second year of encouraging teens to get involved with promoting summer reading and public libraries.
“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 exemplify quality work on the part of the industrious teen film makers. Many videos use humor or literary references to communicate the ‘Own the Night’ idea. Others use more introspective and informative approaches, incorporating inspirational quotes and original music compositions.
Videos were submitted from libraries in communities of 2,000 people to libraries from larger metropolitan areas. In addition to promoting reading and the ‘Own the Night’ slogan, it is clear from all these videos that teens value their public libraries,” a spokesman said.
TAG members used a documentary-style format, with shaky camera movements and distorted sound for this year’s video, which had to follow the CSLP 2012 slogan, “Own the Night.”
Among those participating were from Union City schools: John-Alex Warner, Cody Robertson, Robinson Little and Brady Craddock; from Obion County schools: Aaron Scott, Tevin Wilkerson, Joey Cochran, Ana McWilliams, Michaela Cochran and Rebecca Robb; and from the local home school group: Brandon Fleenor, Kait Scott and Rayanna Fleenor. Warner composed and performed the music and Scott was the cameraman and writer.
“All of them contributed to the script, costumes, make up and editing and appeared in the video. It was a fantastic display of collaboration and team work,” children’s librarian Jenny Virgin said.
Their video may be viewed at
To view all of this year’s winning videos, visit CSLP’s website at The winning videos can be used by all teens and all public libraries to promote summer reading nationwide.
For their hard work and creativity, each winner for this year’s competition will receive a monetary award of $275 and the associated public library will receive $100, plus a $50 gift certificate from Highsmith. The awards can be used as each winner sees fit.
CSLP plans to continue the Teen Video Challenge as an annual competition.
CSLP is a grassroots consortium of all 50 states, Washington D.C., American Samoa, the Mariana Islands, Cayman Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia, working together to provide children, teens and families with summer reading program and promotional materials for public libraries.
Published in The Messenger 4.26.12

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