Willa2 Two Tamworth teens win a statewide library video contest.
New Hampshire’s Young Adult Library Services Association, in collaboration with the national Collaborative Summer Library Program, has announced that Tamworth’s Willa Canfield and Thomas Stafford are collectively the New Hampshire winner of the 2014 Teen Video Challenge.
Now in its fourth year, the Teen Video Challenge is a national competition that encourages teens to create 30- to 90-second public service announcements that encourage both reading and using public libraries throughout the summer.
This year’s theme was “Spark a Reaction.” Canfield and Stafford’s winning video noted that reading “makes you think. It not only sparks a reaction, but sparks a fire that ignites inside of you.”
Entries were judged on creativity, message clarity and relevance, motivation and inspiration, and overall impact. Judges for New Hampshire’s competition were Shelly Angers, public information officer at the N.H. Department of Cultural Resources; Tom Dooley, associate professor at Colby-Sawyer College; and Matthew Newton, director of the N.H. Film & Television Office.
For their hard work and creativity, Canfield and Stafford will receive a monetary award of $275 and their public library, Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, will receive prizes worth $125.
Their video will join other state winners as official national Collaborative Summer Library Program 2014 Teen Video champions and will be used to promote summer reading across the United States. Teens from more than twenty-six states participated in the creation of these winning videos.
To view this year’s winning videos, visit CSLP’s website The winning videos can be used by all teens and all public libraries to promote summer reading nationwide.

Willa Canfield and Thomas Stafford win statewide library video contest