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Why I Need My Library Video Contest

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Did you hear that teens could help win up to $3,000 for your library?

ALSC is a co-sponsor of the Why I Need My Library video contest for teens that launched at the ALA Midwinter Meeting by ALA President Roberta Stevens.  The contest encourages teens ages 13 to 18 to create original videos on why they think libraries are needed now more than ever.

Prizes will be awarded in two age categories — ages 13 to 15 and 16 to18 — to a school or local public library selected by the winners.  In each age category, two second place finalists will receive $2,000 each for their selected library and three third place finalists will receive $1,000 each for their selected library.  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.

The contest runs through April 18.  Check out this video created by teens at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for more information on the contest and to help spark ideas.

If you have any questions about the contest, send an email to

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