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2016 “Get in the Game” Teen Video Challenge


The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) has launched the 2016 Teen Video Challenge, a national video competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program. Teens across the country are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their interpretation of the 2016 teen slogan “Get in the Game–Read” in combination with reading and libraries. This is an opportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience.

The winning video from each participating state will be named one of the CSLP 2016 Teen Videos to promote summer reading nationwide. $150 will be awarded to the creators of the winning state video and their associated public library will receive prizes worth at least $50 from CSLP, Upstart, and CSLP partners. Winners will be announced by CSLP in April 2016.

For full details about the CSLP 2016 Teen Video Challenge and to find out how to enter in North Dakota, please visit http://library.nd.gov/videocontest.html.

Letters About Literature

boy writingEach year, the Center for the Book sponsors the  “Letters About Literature” contest. Readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the contest, which is a national reading and writing program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre explaining how that author’s work changed the reader’s life or view of the world.

Prizes will be awarded on both the state and national levels. The North Dakota Center for the Book’s panel of judges will select the top letter writers in the state. Their winning letters will be published online at the North Dakota State Library’s website. North Dakota winners will also receive monetary prizes and then advance to the national judging.

  • Submissions from Grades 9-12 must be postmarked by December 4, 2015.
  • Submissions from Grades 4-8 must be postmarked by January 11, 2016.

Please visit www.read.gov/letters for more information and entry forms. If you would like to incorporate this into your classroom lessons, there is also a Teaching Guide.

The 23rd annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, in partnership with the North Dakota Center for the Book and the North Dakota State Library.

If you have further questions about the North Dakota contest, please contact Shari Mosser at the North Dakota State Library at ssandwick@nd.gov or 701-328-3252.

Unmask! Teen Video Contest

UnmaskSloganEncourage the teens at your library to enter the 2015 North Dakota “Unmask!” Teen Video Contest for a chance to win a $150 prize! The local public library of the winning teen will receive $50 worth of prizes from Upstart.

The North Dakota State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) want to encourage teens to develop their video skills, have fun, and encourage other North Dakota teens to use their library all summer long.

The deadline to enter is March 20, 2015. For complete rules visit: http://library.nd.gov/videocontest.html.

To see the 2014 winning video visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI48Zsw7nmo

Don’t live in North Dakota? Check the list of participating states on the CSLP site to enter the context in your state!

“It Came From a Book” Teen Art Contest


The Library as Incubator Project is once again hosting the “It Came From a Book” art contest for teens. This year the contest is sponsored by Teen Librarian Toolbox, EgmontUSA, and Zest Books.

It’s easy to enter – read a book and create a piece of art based on the story, then submit an image of your piece by November 1. All types of art work are eligible, so encourage your teens to participate!

Have you hosted any art, book-inspired or otherwise, in your library? Share your stories in the comments!

Spark a Reaction Teen Video Challenge

Spark a ReactionCreate a video promoting summer reading in North Dakota and you could win the North Dakota “Spark a Reaction” Teen Video Contest, including a $275 prize for you and a $150 prize for your library!

The 2014 Teen Video Challenge is open to legal U.S. residents aged 13 -18. Each participant or group may submit one video per entry. The deadline to enter is March 3, 2014. For more details on entering, visit http://library.nd.gov/videocontest.html.

“It Came From a Book” Art Contest for Teens

It Came From a Book
Do you have artistic teen patrons? Teens at your library can enter the 2nd annual “It Came From a Book” Teen Art Contest, sponsored by The Library as Incubator Project, Teen Librarian Toolbox, EgmontUSA, and Zest Books.

Entering is easy: Read any book and create a piece of art inspired by the story. All types of artwork are eligible, simply email a photo or scan of your piece. For all the details, be sure to read the full submission guidelines. You could win a $50 Amazon gift card, books from EgmontUSA and Zest books, and swag from The Library as Incubator project. The deadline to enter is midnight on November 1, 2013. Print their poster for easy promotion in your library and community!

colored pencils

This would be a very easy program to run in your own library as well – either in conjunction with this contest or separately. You already have plenty of inspiring books! You’d only need to supply display space, a judge, and a prize. Displaying art work in the library would be a great way to bring in community members who might not otherwise visit the library, and you could increase circulation by creating displays of the books that inspired the art, along with your non-fiction art books. You could partner with local artists or the school’s art teacher to judge the entries.

Have you had an art show at your library? How did it go? Share your stories in the comments!