Texas 2016 Teen Video Challenge

Who and What

Texas teens ages 13-18 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. This year's Public Service Announcement will interpret the 2016 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) teen slogan, "Get in the Game - Read!" One winning video will be selected from Texas, and one winning video will be selected from all other participating states. Winning teens will receive $150 and their sponsoring library will receive $50 in prizes from the CSLP and Upstart.


  1. Visit 2016 Teen Video Challenge and 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 regulations.
  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: “2016 TVC- TX-<Unique Name>.” Please choose a unique name that does not include your real name (example: 2016 TVC-TX-Libraryfan123).
  5. Upload your video to YouTube.com or Vimeo.com.
  6. Fill out the 2016 Teen Video Challenge Model Release Form and Texas Entry Form.
  7. Mail completed entry forms.  All submissions must be received by February 10, 2016, and should be sent to:

Texas 2016 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 2016 CSLP teen slogan "Get in the Game - Read!"
  • 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).


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