Category Archives: Contests

Cast your vote for the 2013 Teen Choice Book Awards

Posted on April 6th, 2013 by mdevine in Contests, Teen Services
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I am on a mailing list from Teenreads.com. (If you love teen books, you should get on their mailing list.) Teenreads.com has helped with choosing the finalists for Book Reporter‘s 6th Annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards. You can help choose the finalists by voting at http://www.bookweekonline.com/voting/7-12. There are 5 books and 5 authors. You can choose a favorite illustrator but those are for children’s books but it may bring back good memories to you.

If you click on the Voting Home box on the top of the page it will bring you back to the main page of grade level choices. If you read to your little brothers, sisters or cousins, you might want to vote in those finalist sections.

Voting ends on May 9th and the winners will be announced on May 13th. For more information about the CCBA’s, check this page out http://www.bookweekonline.com/about-CCBAs.

Here are the covers for the books on the ballot:


CinderCity of Lost SoulsThe Fault in Our StarsInsurgentRapture





If you haven’t read these books, they are definitely worth reading.

May your favorite book win….

2011 Teen Summer Reading Video Contest

Posted on February 24th, 2011 by Anna in Books, Contests, Movies
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The 2011 Teen Video Challenge!

The Boston Public Library is participating in the teen statewide theme for 2011, You Are Here. What does that mean?

It means Boston area teens have the opportunity to create a PSA promoting the Teen Summer Library Program theme, You Are Here. Each participating state will have one winning video; the winners will receive $250.00 AND the winner’s library will receive $100.00!

Be sure to visit this website to learn more, read the How to Enter section:


Teens, create your video following the How to Enter guidelines and post it on YouTube.  The contest is open to any legal U.S. resident living in MA aged 13-18.

All forms, including entry and model releases are available at the above link. Additionally, you can find audio downloads and art to use in your videos on the collaborative website. Entry forms are due by March 1, 2010 (EEP! That’s next week!)  and winners will be announced in April, 2011! There will be one winner per state.

The winning video will be used for promoting the 2011 Library Summer Program!

Why I Need My Library

Posted on February 10th, 2011 by Anna in Contests
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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.


Taking Art Submissions

Posted on January 6th, 2011 by Anna in Contests
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The BPL Teen Blog is currently taking submissions for a new header picture! Winter Moon will be up for another month or two, but, in the meantime, we’ll be taking submissions and votes for the next picture to go up!

For more information about submissions and voting, check out the tab at the top of the page for all the details you need to know!

2nd Blog Picture Contest Winner!

Posted on December 17th, 2010 by Anna in Contests
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Greetings folks!

I am here to announce the new Blog Picture Contest Winner!

Francesca from the  North End branch, sent us this picture entitled “Snow Moon”. Unfortunately, the header wouldn’t fit the whole picture, but you can see it below. What do you guys think? Isn’t this an awesome piece of art?

Snow Moon by Francesca at North End