2012 Teen Video Challenge - NYS Viewers' Choice Award winner

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September 14, 2012 - State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, Bernard Margolis, is pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 Teen Video Challenge – NYS Viewers' Choice Award  - “Books Can Change the World, One Page at a Time.” The video was created by Jacob Harelick and submitted through the White Plains Public Library.

The Teen Video Challenge - 2012 Viewers' Choice Award is a competition organized by the New York State Library so that viewers can vote for their favorite teen-created video to promote Summer Reading at New York Libraries.

Votes were cast during the summer concluding on August 15, 2012.  The winning video, “Books Can Change the World, One Page at a Time” received 7,707 votes, making it the first place winner. In second and third place, respectively, were "Levittown Summer Reading" (5,481 votes) submitted by the Levittown Public Library and "Own the World" (4,793 votes) submitted by the Washington Public Library.

The first-place winner will receive a Certificate from the New York State Library. A set of teen books will be donated to the White Plains Public Library in Jacob's honor by the New York State Library. The donated books will each include a bookplate acknowledging the award.

The 2012 Teen Video Challenge – NYS Viewers' Choice Award brought over 34,000 voters to the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website (http://www.summerreadingnys.org/) to view and vote for their favorite teen-created video. Each video uniquely conveyed the teen theme for the Summer Reading Program for 2012, “Own the Night.”

To view the 2012 Teen Video Challenge winning videos, the NYS Viewers' Choice Award winner along with the CSLP New York State 2012 Teen Video Challenge winner, please visit http://www.summerreadingnys.org/teens/teen-video-challenge-winners/.