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The Greatness of School Libraries

Sponsored by the California School Library Foundation

Create a video about why school libraries are great. Any one of the suggested prompts below will help you create your video, but you don’t have to use them. You can be as creative as you want!


  • Question to a student:  What’s the best thing about a school  library? Why do you go to the school library?

  • Question to a school librarian:  What’s the best thing about a school library? Why should students come to the school library?

  • Question to a teacher or parent:  Why does our school need a school library? What’s the best thing about a school library? 


Your video can be as long as you want. It’s totally up to you! You can include videos of the school library. You can add music. You can interview yourself! Be sure to cite all media sources - even if you created it yourself!


Thank you for sharing your love of libraries with the California Student Media Festival.


The following school donations will be announced LIVE during the festival:



  • Academic - Elementary - $750

  • Academic - Secondary - $750

  • Aesthetic - Elementary - $750

  • Aesthetic - Secondary - $750



  • Greatness of School Libraries - Elementary - $500

  • Greatness of School Libraries -Secondary - $500

  • Media & Information Literacy - Elementary - $500

  • Media & Information Literacy -Secondary - $500

  • Student or Teacher use of Artificial Intelligence

  • Global Oneness - Elementary - $500 

  • Global Oneness - Secondary - $500

  • California State Park Adventures - Environmental Stewardship* - Elementary - $500

  • California State Park Adventures - Environmental Stewardship* - Secondary - $500

* NOTE: If you plan to film in a California State Park, please contact your local representative for photographic permitting purposes. 

Any questions?

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Prizes: Text

Additional Plaques

Every winning project receives one plaque from the festival at no cost for the participant, their school or teacher.


Extra plaques or finalist plaques may ordered by students, parents, teachers, or schools. Many teachers and/or parents acquire extra plaques for major student contributors to the project or for the school trophy case, computer lab, or media room. The plaques display the award category, the project title, and school name and the year.

2023 Winners: Additional plaques will be available through July 14 for purchase for $49 + tax/shipping by emailing Glenn Green !! 
**Fees from award sales do not support the Festival - we keep costs as low as possible for winners.

Prizes: Image


The California Student Media Festival donates thousands of dollars per year to schools across the Golden State. But more importantly, we impact the lives of thousands of children from their TK through Senior year. Below is a glimpse at the breakdown of Elementary and Secondary students that participated in recent years. Help YOUR students own their own learning - enter their creative works in the festival! 

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