Texas 2015 Teen Video Challenge

Who and What

Teens, 13-18, throughout Texas are invited each year to create a 30 to 90-second Public Service Announcement video that encourages people around the country to read and use libraries in the summer. Winners take home money for themselves and their library. The public service announcement for 2015 will be created as an interpretation of the currnet summer reading program teen slogan "Unmask!" One winner will be selected from each participating state.


  1. Go to Unmask! Teen Video Challenge 2015 to read instructions and take a look at previous winners.
  2. Explore the resources link for art and music ideas in the public domain, and read the contest rules and instructions.
  3. Create a 30 to 90-second video, ensuring that it is not just locally oriented, but usable for all libraries around the country.  Promotion of a specific library will not be accepted, although the signage of a public library can appear in the video.
  4. Entitle your video with: “2015 TVC- TX-<Unique Name>.” Please choose a unique name that does not include your real name (example: 2015 TVC-TX-Libraryfan123).
  5. Upload your video to YouTube.com.
  6. Fill out Model Release Form and Texas Entry Form.
  7. Mail completed entry forms.  All submissions must be received by February 10, 2015, and should be sent to:

Texas 2015 Teen Video Challenge
Library Development and Networking
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
PO Box 12927
Austin, TX  78711-2927

Late entries will not be accepted.  If your video is chosen as a winner, you will be contacted and asked to mail a copy of your video as a DVD. Preferred formats: .wmv or DVD video with a minimum 640 x 480 aspect ratio.

Criteria for Acceptance and Judging

All videos must:

  • Be 30 to 90 seconds
  • Promote the idea of using public libraries and reading.
  • Include your interpretation of the 2015 CSLP teen slogan "Unmask!"
  • Be designed for use at any library.
  • Be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages.
  • Have an associated public library that is a qualified participant in the Texas Summer Reading Program.

Video will be judged on the following criteria:

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


Contact us at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).


Page last modified: October 8, 2014