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Siblings win state library video contest

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By Rebecca Roscoe

Three Hodgenville teenagers have won a statewide video contest.
Levi, Stephanie and Heather Clark, children of Charlotte and Steve Clark, defeated four other finalists to win the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s Teen Video Challenge.
The challenge involves the creation of a public service announcement to promote student use of local libraries. This year’s theme was “Beneath the Surface.”
Twenty-six states participated in the challenge.   
The Clarks learned of the PSA challenge through a flier at the LaRue County Public Library’s circulation desk.
“We came in one day and saw the flier, took one and started working on our video as a family project,” said Stephanie, 15.
They filmed the video segments on the grounds of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park, using camera equipment provided by their older brother, John-Mark Clark.
Levi, 17, served as director, editor and composer, using a computer-based synthesizer for the background music. He and Heather, 14, performed in the video.
Stephanie helped with the editing of the video and filming.
The one-minute, 30-second video – “Checkout Reading” – features Levi dressed in pioneer clothing, walking through woods and digging for an unseen object beneath a tree.
The video switches to Heather reading and checking out a stack of books at the library.
The story that is read in the video is not available in any book. It’s an original piece written by the siblings.
“All of our relatives kept asking, ‘what does he find? What book is this from?” said Stephanie.
 Katie Wheatley, youth service librarian, helped the teens submit their video and supported them in their efforts.
“It’s exciting – this is the first time that something like this has ever happened to the library,” Wheatley said. “I’m proud of them – they did an amazing job.”
Wheatley plays the part of the librarian in the Clark’s PSA.
The library hosted a ceremony for the Clarks May 14. Paige Sexton, communications officer for the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, presented the award and showed the video.
“The group did a fabulous job,” said Sexton. “There was a meeting held recently that showcased the winning videos from each of the participating states and there were a lot of people saying ‘wow’ or ‘that’s my favorite.’”
“This project involved a lot of teamwork, collaboration, creativity and lots of technical skill,” added Sexton.
The Clarks were awarded $275. The library received $125 to put towards further promotion of student use of the library.
The Clarks plan to use the award money to purchase additional video equipment.
Wheatley hopes the PSA will increase student interest and community involvement.
“Anytime that you can get teens involved in a positive way, it’s a good thing. This is a great kick-off to our summer reading programs and hopefully we can keep things rolling,” Wheatley said.
The Clark’s video can be viewed on the Collaborative Summer Library Program website at http://www.cslpreads.org/programs/young-adult-program/teen-video-challen....