Two Ottawa Hills teen patrons, Anika and Andrew Pruim, think that their library is pretty great. So when the American Library Association asked for submissions in the Why I Need My Library teen video contest, they got creative.
The Why I Need My Library contest asked teens ages 13 to 18 to create original videos on why they think libraries are needed now more than ever. Between January and April, more than 600 teens worked on videos alone or in groups and submitted them to the contest through YouTube. Teens used a variety of techniques in their videos, including live action, stop motion and machinima.
Of the 157 videos entered in the contest, Andrew and Anika came in second runner up in the 16-18 age category, winning $1,000 for the Grand Rapids Public Library. The Grand Prize winners won $3,000 for their library and will have their videos shown at the Opening General Session of the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 24.
Check out Andrew and Anika’s winning video!