Monday, May 12, 2014

Lafayette teens create winning library video

            A group of Lafayette teens have won the State Library of Louisiana’s Spark a Reaction Teen Video Challenge 2014 held by the Collaborative Summer Library Program. Teens Ian MacFadyen, John Warner Leblanc, Garrett Bueche, James Holland, Stewart MacFadyen, Sophie Salopek and Karl Welch, all representing the Lafayette Public Library, created the winning Louisiana video, “Chain of Reactions,” in which the main character experiences excitement after reading a good book and sparks a chain reaction inspiring those around him to read, too. (You can watch the video at
             The annual, national competition aims to get teens involved with reading and their public libraries’ summer reading programs, which kicks soon. Winners are selected in the 26 participating states and are recognized as official Teen Video Challenge winners. Each winner receives $275 from the CSLP. The winning videos are used to promote summer reading programs in public libraries nationwide.
             To view this year’s winning videos, visit For more information about Louisiana summer reading programs and the State Library visit