28 Days of Teens & Tech #8: Working with Teens to Make a Video

Many of you probably read the previous post on this blog about ALA’s Why I Need My Library video contest for teens, that is currently accepting entries. What wasn’t up at the time of the post, was a promotional video for the contest that was created by teens.


Since I had experience in working with the teens that made the promotional video, I wanted to share some things that I learned.

  • Making a video is like the art of making a collage. If you can help make the pieces (and people!) come together, it can be all the more stronger. For example, the quote that is read (and written) by a teen at the beginning of the video, came from a visit that happened a few months before the video was even started. Because it was a fitting message to incorporate, teens figured out how to digitize it from written form and add it as an audio and visual clip.
  • Leverage the programs and structures you already have in place at your library to use in making the video. Maybe you already have a Flickr account to host photos from the library or have teen volunteers come in on a regular basis. How might what you’re already doing lend itself as content or expertise? The teens that read the quote aloud in the video were part of a program where they could reduce their fines by participating in library related activities. Not only did they get the satisfaction of getting some of their fines reduced, but they gained some recording and presentation skills using Audacity.
  • Follow up with your partners-especially your teens. Send them the link when the video is uploaded. You never know who they might pass it on to and how they might think of libraries the next time they visit one.
  • With all that said-don’t forget to have teens enter the Why I Need My Library contest! Entries due April 18.

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.
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  1. Megan Frazer Blakemore

    Thanks for a great post. It’s perfect timing for me since I’m working on a film festival with kids right now.

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