News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: May 17, 2011
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

Palmer Patron Wins Video Contest

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) has announced the winners of the “You Are Here” Teen Video Challenge 2011. The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program. Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official “You Are Here” Teen Video Challenge winner for 2011. The winners were announced  during the CSLP Annual Meeting held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Fifteen year old Remi Lamothe, who is a patron of the Palmer Public Library in Palmer, MA, created the winning video for MA libraries. The video can be viewed at  Massachusetts recently became the 49th state to join the CSLP.

Twenty states participated in the “Challenge” for this inaugural year and each selected one winning video to be named an official CSLP “You Are Here” Teen Video Challenge winner for 2011. Winners were named from : Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. Each winner for this year’s competition will receive a monetary award of $250 and the associated public library will receive $100. The awards can be used as each winner sees fit. To view all of the winning videos, please visit CSLP’s website at winning videos exemplify the diversity of our country and of the teens that created them.

In addition to the "You Are Here" teen program, Massachusetts libraries will offer "One World, Many Stories" summer reading programs for children and "Novel Destinations" for adults.  Each year an average of 95,000 Massachusetts children, teens, and adults participate in summer reading programs at their libraries. The 2011 Summer Library Program in Massachusetts is sponsored by local libraries, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, with federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information please visit

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The Board of Library Commissioners ( is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.

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