Why I Need My Library

How important is your library to you?

Do you go there after school to get your homework done? Do you use the library’s resources to help you write your paper? Or do you go to hang out with your friends? Do you participate in the free programs offered to you? Or do you devour all the fiction you can get your hands on?

Whatever the reason you need and love your library, the American Library Association (ALA) is asking teens to create a video explaining these reasons. Enter that video in their contest and you could win up to $3,000 for your library!

Here’s the youtube video they made to explain the contest: ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe8RfIi9–E

And here are the rules:

Make a video!

  • Gather your friends and put together an original 1-3 minute video about why you need your library.  Up to six people can work together to submit a video.
  • Pick your technique: Entries can be live-action, animation, machinima, or a combination of these.  Check out this list of tips and resources on making a video.
  • Read through the judging criteria to see how entries will be judged.

Upload your video to YouTube

  • Upload the video to YouTube between January 11, 2011 and midnight April 18, 2011.
  • Be sure to tag your video with alaneedmylibrary15 if your designated videographer is between the ages of 13-15 or alaneedmylibrary18 if your designated videographer is between the ages of 16-18.

Mail in your entry form

  • One more thing: Don’t forget to mail in an entry form. Videos are submitted online, but an entry form needs to be received in the mail by April 18 in order for a submission to be eligible. 
  • Read the complete guidelines for more information.


From each age category (13-15 and 16-18):

  • Three 3rd place winners will receive $1,000 each for their selected libraries.
  • Two second place winners will receive $2,000 each for their selected libraries. 
  • One winner or group of winners will receive $3,000 for their selected library, plus $50 gift cards to an online bookseller for each individual member of the winning group (limit of 6 participants per group)

The Why I Need My Library Video Contest is an initiative of 2010-2011 ALA President Roberta Stevens to engage teenagers as library advocates.

For more information, contact whyIneedmylibrary@ala.org.