Every year, the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) hosts a national video challenge competition, the CLSP Teen Video Challenge, in an effort to encourage teens to get involved with reading, videography and, of course, their library’s summer reading program. This year, twenty-six states participated and one winner was selected from each state.
This was the first year that Arlington Public Library participated in the CLSP Teen Video Challenge. Arlington Public Library had three teens enter their videos into competition and there were over 100 teens who entered in the participating states.
This year, China Wilson, 18, was selected as the winner for the State of Texas for her video, Inspired to Inspire. For her hard work, China will receive a monetary award of $275 provided by CSLP.
China Wilson has been visiting Arlington Public Library for the past year and has been heavily involved with many different programs. She is currently an active member of the Teen Zone Book Club at the Northeast Branch Library. Last fall, she also participated in APL’s first-ever Photography Series. Her work was showcased for a month in The Studio at the George W. Hawkes Central Library.
Despite some setbacks over the course of the 5-week video series that start early this year, China preserved and went on to win the competition. China’s video has a simple, but powerful message that seems to encompass the very essence of summer reading programs around the country: “Everyone reads at their pace. And that’s okay.”
Before entering into the Teen Summer Reading Club Film Series, this past January, China had never even heard of a summer reading program and now her video will help to spread the word.