This is a brand new competition families can participate in from home! Aspiring video producers are invited to create videos based on books you’ve read for Summer Reading in any (or all!) of the following three categories:

  • Animation (stop-motion, hand-drawn, digital)
  • Music & Poetry (singing, playing an instrument, recitals)
  • Drama (Live-action play, puppet show)

Videos should be no more than 5 minutes in length and must be appropriate for all-ages viewing. Video submissions will be sorted according to age groups:

  • Elementary – K to 5th grades
  • Middle School – 6th to 8th grades
  • High School – 9th to 12th grades

Videos will be featured on for one week and a winner in each category will be chosen by public vote. At the end of the competition, the top video in each age group will receive a special award!

Rules and Guidelines

This competition is open to children and families who are residents of Allegheny County.

Videos for the Summer Reading Program Video Competition must relate to a book or the overall theme of the program (“Imagine Your Story”).

Videos should be 5 minutes or less and must be appropriate for all audiences. Videos with an excessively long runtime or inappropriate content will be disqualified.

Videos featuring children under 18 years of age must have the approval of their parents or guardians.

Videos in each category must be submitted by:

  • Animation: June 22, 2020
  • Poetry/Music: July 6, 2020
  • Drama: July 20, 2020

Videos will be featured on the Dormont Library website for one week after the category’s deadline date. At that time, we will conduct an online poll open to the public to choose a winner; the voting period will end one week after the deadline, at 5:00 PM.

Videos will be rated on a 1-5 scale, 1 being worst and 5 being best. Polling will be separated by age group.

The video with the highest score in each age group at the time the poll closes will be the winner; winners will receive a gift card prize. Additionally, the video receiving the highest overall score at the end of the contest will be awarded a special prize.

By submitting a video to the competition, you agree that Dormont Public Library may feature the videos on our website or social media sites for the duration of the competition. All videos remain solely the creator’s property; the Library makes no claims to copyright or ownership of any submissions.

Videos must be uploaded to a public video hosting platform, preferably YouTube; we cannot accept videos shared via Google Drive/OneDrive/iCloud/etc. Videos may be uploaded as “unlisted” or “public”. At the end of the competition it is the submitter’s choice to keep or remove the video from public hosting.

To submit a video, fill out the form linked above. You may submit a video for any or all of the three categories, and families with more than one age group represented may submit separate videos for each age group.