Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is announcing the Louisiana winners of the first Collaborative Summer Library Program, Teen Video Challenge, a national program managed locally by the State Library of Louisiana. A team of teenagers representing the Lafayette Public Library created the winning Louisiana video: Dallas Mouton, Holland Campbell, Nykala Bell, Anne Dronet and Ryan Voorhies. The video features the teens participating in a focus group to determine why they do not want to spend their summer at a public library. The video then shifts to showing the teens enjoying the summer activities they did not think they could actually do in a library.  To view the winning videos, visit the CSLP website and watch the Louisiana video, http://cslpreads.org/winners.html.

“The reading enrichment programs that the State Library of Louisiana provides are critical to the future success of the state,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. “A strong foundation in reading skills naturally produces a stronger, more educated workforce and that only strengthens Louisiana’s overall economy.”

Winning videos from the 20 participating states will be used by public libraries to promote summer reading nationwide. The video competition encourages teens to promote summer reading and public libraries with a focus on the 2011 slogan, You Are Here.

State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton is delighted with the creative, enthusiastic response from participating teens. “Teens have always been a hard market to reach and today it is even more difficult to attract their attention. They have numerous opportunities to choose from when deciding how they’re going to spend their time and energy. We are glad these teens chose a public library program to engage their creativity,” Hamilton said.

The national Collaborative Summer Library Program will award $250 to the winning team and $100 to the Lafayette Public Library System.

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