The State Library of Louisiana is announcing the Louisiana winners of the Spark a Reaction Teen Video Challenge 2014 held by the Collaborative Summer Library Program. Teens Ian MacFadyen, John Warner Leblanc, Garrett Bueche, James Holland, Stewart MacFadyen, Sophie Salopek and Karl Welch, all representing the Lafayette Public Library, created the winning Louisiana video, Chain of Reactions, in which the main character experiences excitement after reading a good book and sparks a chain reaction inspiring those around him to read, too.
The annual, national competition aims to get teens involved with reading and their public libraries' summer reading programs. Winners are selected in the 26 participating states and are recognized as official Teen Video Challenge winners. Each winner receives $275 from the CSLP. The winning videos are used to promote summer reading programs in public libraries nationwide.
“By participating, teens are sending a clear message that public libraries are important to them,” State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton said.