Congratulations to the winners of the Why I Need My Library contest!

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There is 1 grand prize recipient in each category. Winners will receive $3,000 for their libraries.

13-15 Age Category

Danielle Driggers
Timber Creek Elementary School
Flower Mound, Texas
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16-18 Age Category

Katayoun Amir-Aslami, Ashley Feldman, Isabelle Herde, Nick Howard, Nicola Scandiffio, Stewart Taylor, Courtney Wills & Nick Zanca
New Canaan High School
New Canaan, Conn.
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Second Place    

Runners up were also named. Two first runners up were selected in each age group and will receive $2,000 for their libraries. The runners up are:

13-15 Age Category

Rebecca Gross, Nicholas Ryan & Benjamin Thorstraten
Sudbrook Library
Baltimore, Md.
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Samantha Hoelzer, Kendall Lierz, Lewis Lindsey, Lindsey Scott & Ryan Scott
Del Webb Library at Indian Land
Indian Land, S.C.
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16-18 Age Category

Yesenia Aguirre, Fernanda Canales, Julie Gurman, Yoan Morales, Lisandro Vibeo & George Zul
Harris County Public Library - Aldine Branch
Houston, Texas
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Paul Anderson, Naoko Braxton, Colleen Cathner, Sandra Hoyer, Peppy O'Neill & Makeda Thomas
Potomac Community Library
Woodbridge, Va.
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Third Place

Three second runners up were selected in each age group and will receive $1,000 for their libraries. The winners are:

13-15 Age Category

David Gomez, Sirenna Harris, Isabel Madera, Ruben Ochoa, Jocelyn Torres and Amor Velazquez
San Diego Public Library – Logan Heights Branch
San Diego, Calif.
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Justin Doll, Cassandra Hurley, Anna Johns, Harrison Sotoloff, Anna Teitt  & Lindsay Zatlmeire
Finksburg Library
Finksburg, Md.
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Johnna Astis, Shaquille Charlery, Porsche Hoppin, Kareem Jessemy, Megan Kilgallen & Phillip Stewart
Brooklyn Public Library - Central Youth Wing
Brooklyn, N.Y.
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16-18 Age Category

Alvin Ho, Brian Li, Alistair Twombly
Santa Clara City Library
Santa Clara, Calif.
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Matthew Barnes, Coen Clark, Michaiah Clark, Donald Hill, Jr., Aaron Tetter & Patrick Toliver
Kankakee Public Library
Kankakee, Ill.
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Andrew Pruim & Anika Pruim
Grand Rapids Public Library
Grand Rapids, Mich.
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Special Mention

Kirana Cunanan & Isoleil Montalvo
Olympian High School Library
Chula Vista, Calif.
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About the Why I Need My Library Video Contest    

Sponsored by the American Library Association, the Why I Need My Library video contest asked teens to create original 1-3 minute videos about why they thought school and public libraries are needed now more than ever. 

A total of 157 groups of teens submitted videos on YouTube from January through April 2011.  Teens used live-action, animation, stop-motion and other techniques to creatively convey the contest theme.

Entries were accepted in two age categories: 13-15 and 16-18.  To view all of the videos, visit:

Ages 13-15

Ages 16-18

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

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