Colton Encourages Local Teens To Participate In Video Contest

The following is a press release from the office of Assemblyman William Colton:

Assemblyman Colton encourages teens to enter 2012 Teen Video Challenge

Contest to encourage reading and library use-Deadline of March 5, 2012

Assemblyman William Colton, Dem 47 AD is encouraging local teens to create videos for entry into a national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) “2012 Teen Video Challenge. One winning video submitted by a teen or group of teens will receive

$275, plus $150 will be awarded to the teen’s local library. Winning videos from each state will be used as official 2012 CLSP promotional videos and will; be shown nationwide.

“With our kids’ knowledge of taking video clips thanks to the camera cell phones and other technologies they are familiar with, this is an excellent opportunity for them to direct their skill in promoting the use of our libraries during the summertime.”

Every year the Bensonhurst/Gravesend Legislator has urged students and their parents to participate the New York State’s Assembly’s Annual Summer Reading Program with great success, recognizing and rewarding those that complete the program with New York State Citations. This successful program promotes literacy by keeping children, teens and their families involved in reading and other library-centered activities during the hot summer months. In 2011, more than 1.6 million young New Yorkers enjoyed the program in 1100 libraries across the state.

New York State residents between the ages of 13 and 18 are eligible to enter the CSLP either individually or in groups. Videos must be between 30 and 90 seconds and should focus on encouraging other teens to read and utilize their local libraries his summer.  Entries will be judged on creativity, clarity, relevance, motivation, inspiration and overall impact.

Submissions must be received by March 5, 2012 and should feature an interpretation of this year’s CLSP teen slogan. “Own the Night”.

For more information, including entry forms and submission guidelines please visit

By entering a video in to the CSLP “Teen Video Challenge, “teens help foster a love of reading amongst their peers, while giving themselves the chance to win a little extra spending money, give back to their local library and have their work viewed by a national audience, ‘said Assemblyman Colton adding “Some young talented videophotographer is going to win it, but you got to enter to win!”