Two Glendale teens win national video challenge

Video encourages teens to read this summer

For Immediate Release
April 26, 2015

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Donna Throckmorton
Library Services Consultant
Library Development
Phone: (602) 926-3621

Kim Crawford
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PHOENIX – Two teens from Glendale Public Library created a winning video for Collaborative Summer Library Program’s Teen Video Challenge, “Unmask.”  The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition to get teens involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program.  Luis Morales and Jamie Larson’s video, “Unmask the Story Within You” shows teen readers immersing themselves in the many worlds offered through the written page.

“As a member of CSLP, the State Library is thrilled to be represented by these creative Arizona teens,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan. “Summer reading is important to high levels of literacy which lead to better test scores and a strong foundation for higher education and future employment.”

For their hard work and creativity, each winner for this year’s competition will receive a monetary award of $150 and the associated public library will receive prizes from Upstart and Candlewick.

In addition to the winning video from Arizona, official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winners were named from several other states. To view this year’s winning videos, please visit CSLP’s website at  The winning videos can be used by all teens and all public libraries to promote summer reading nationwide.

About the Collaborative Summer Library Program
CSLP is a consortium of states working together, sharing ideas, expertise, and costs to produce a high-quality summer reading program for children, teens, and adults.

About the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, supports community libraries, librarians and their programs statewide. Additionally, the State Library includes the Arizona Talking Book Library for those who have trouble reading print, the Arizona Capitol Museum and the Arizona State Archives.