There are three weeks left to submit a video for the Why I Need My Library video contest. Through Monday April 18, teens ages 13 through 18 can submit one- to three-minute videos on YouTube. The videos can be live-action, animation, machinima or use a combination of techniques, and teens can work in groups of up to six.
By entering you will show how much you value libraries and you could win rich incentives your library and a nice prize for each teen member of the winning team.
Winning teens will select their school or public library as the recipient of cash prizes. There is a total of $20,000 at stake, with $3,000 going to each of two grand prize winners. In addition, each member of the winning group will receive a $50 gift card to an online bookseller.
Need help? Ask our resident filmmaker and AmeriCorps VISTA member Jon Solari for advice. Check out this list of tips and resources on making a video and read through the judging criteria to see how entries will be judged.
Submitting videos and entry forms
- Videos need to be uploaded to YouTube by midnight April 18, 2011.
- Teens should tag videos with alaneedmylibrary15 if the designated videographer is between the ages of 13-15 or alaneedmylibrary18 if the designated videographer is between the ages of 16-18.
- Teens must also mail in an entry form. Videos are submitted online, but an entry form needs to be received in the mail by April 18 in order for a submission to be eligible.
- Read the complete guidelines for more information
- Prizes will be awarded in two age categories – ages 13 to 15 and 16 to 18 – to a school or local public library selected by the winners.
- Grand prize: The winning contestant or group of contestants from each age category will receive $3,000 for their selected library. In addition, each member of the winning group will receive a $50 gift card to an online bookseller.
- Second place: Two second place finalists in each age category will receive $2,000 each for their selected library
- Third place: Three third place finalists will receive $1,000 each for their selected library.
- Winning videos will be showcased on ALA websites and at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 23-28).