Lights, camera, action: the Teen Tech Week Video Contest starts next week


(via Ottawa Public Library)

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is hosting its annual Teen Tech Week (TTW) Video Contest from March 6 to April 4. The popular contest, which is in its sixth year, celebrates technology and teens. Teens aged 13 to 18 are invited to create a one-minute video about their favourite book in order to participate.


The video can be a book trailer, a parody, a review, a dramatization of a compelling scene, or anything related to the book of choice. Teens must upload their videos on YouTube to compete for the grand prize: an Apple iPad and a SAW Video prize pack!


Teen Tech Week (TTW) is a campaign coordinated by a division of the American Library Association, the Young Adult Library Services Association, whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens. It’s held from March 6-12 at libraries across North America. TTW highlights that public libraries are a lot more than just books. OPL invites teens to discover its digital offerings, including e-Books and e-magazines, downloadable music and videos to stream, OPL blogs, Library apps, and the newly expanded OPL Makerspace: the Imagine Space.


In the spirit of celebrating all things tech, OPL is hosting two video filming and editing workshops. Teens will learn to film with a green screen and how to edit those videos. These workshops will take place in the Imagine Space using OPL’s new, larger green screen.


The top 10 finalists will be announced, and their videos screened, at an Awards Night & Video Screening on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Centrepointe Theatre Studio at 101 Centrepointe Drive. A wild card prize will be also drawn from all the submissions. This free event is open to everyone and promises a fun evening for all!


For more details, please visit the OPL website at, call 613-580-2940 or email


The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America, with 34 branches, physical and virtual at, mobile libraries, and a vending machine library service. OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook Contact us at613-580-2940 or If it’s out there, it’s in here!

OttawaStart Staff


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