June 8, 2011
Hugh Finch of Harrisville and his library, Jesse Smith Memorial, are the winners of this year's Collaborative Summer Library Program Teen Video Challenge. All Rhode Island teens were invited to participate in the challenge, where the objective was to produce a short public service announcement using this year's slogan, You Are Here, to convey the idea of teens as a diverse part of our country and world, and to promote the idea of using public libraries to learn about ourselves and the world, as well as the fun of reading. Hugh's 90-second video highlighted great resources at the library and really represented how the library can help us learn about our diverse world. [more]
Hugh hopes that his video may make a difference in the life of a teen struggling in school, to inspire or help promote the resources available at the local library. Read more about Hugh and his video in the The Woonsocket Call.
As the winner, Hugh received $250 for himself and $100 for the Jesse Smith Library. Assistant Library Director Beth Ullucci and Board Chairperson Aaron Coutu have already decided to use the money on their teen summer reading program party.