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Penacook teens win statewide library video contest

New Hampshire’s Young Adult Library Services Association, in collaboration with the national Collaborative Summer Library Program, has announced that Cody Merritt and Jonathan Olson, both of Penacook, are the New Hampshire winners of the 2012 Teen Video Challenge.

Now in its second year, the Teen Video Challenge is a national competition that encourages teens to create 30- to 90-second public service announcements that encourage both reading and using public libraries during the summer.

This year’s theme, “Own the Night,” challenged teen filmmakers to incorporate dreams, astronomy, supernatural stories and other nighttime motifs into their videos. Entries were judged on creativity, message clarity and relevance, motivation and inspiration, and overall impact. Judges for New Hampshire’s competition were Tom Dooley, associate professor at Colby-Sawyer College; Maryann Mroczka, executive producer of N.H. Chronicle; and Matthew Newton, director of the N.H. Film & Television Office.

For their hard work and creativity, Merritt and Olson will receive a monetary award of $275 and their associated public library, Concord Public Library, will receive $100 plus a $50 gift certificate from Upstart brand library products.

Merritt and Olson’s video will join other state winners as official national Collaborative Summer Library Program 2012 Teen Video champions and will be used to promote summer reading across the United States. Twenty-three states and over one hundred teens participated in the creation of these winning videos.

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.




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