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Summer Reading for Youth and Adults

Participate in Fairfax County Public Library's summer reading activities!

Teen Cover Art Contest


This year, we're celebrating your unique story and the stories that have impacted you.

  1. Choose a book that has been imporant to you in some way. This can be a book with a character that reminds you of yourself, a story you love from your childhood or your favorite book of all time.
  2. Redesign the book's cover with your own unique artwork.
  3. Include the book title and author in your design.
  4. Submit your art and entry form together. Here's how you submit your art:


  • Art submitted must be original work and not copyrighted material.
  • Each artist may submit only one entry.
  • The deadline to submit artwork is August 14.
  • Entries will be judged on creativity and appeal. First place and runner-up prizes will be awarded in the following grade categories:
    • Grades 7-8
    • Grades 9-10
    • Grades 11-12
  • Winners will be notified by September 11th. Winning artwork will be featured on the library's website.

Teen Film Festival

Show off your film making skills thisTeenTober! Create a short film that showcases your creativity. This year, we're accepting films that showcase daily life during COVID-19. Here's how you get involved:

Step 1: Make an awesome film!

Step 2: Upload your film to YouTube

Step 3: Email the link to your YouTube video submission to with the subject line "Teen Film Festival-Your Name"

Step 4: Attach your signed submission form to your submission email.

Open to teens age 13-18. Winners will be voted on by teens in Fairfax County during this year's TeenTober celebration. Winners will be announced on October 30th.

Submissions accepted June 12-August 14

Rules & Guidelines:

  • Students who will be age 13-18 as of October 2020 are eligible.
  • The filmmaker/director must be a resident of Fairfax County, Virginia.
  • Producers, directors, writers and editors of films must be age 13-18. Group projects and individual work will be accepted for consideration. Adults are permitted to act in films but the final film must be a product of teen effort.
  • Films may have no more than one director. If a film created by a group wins a prize, the prize will be given to the film’s director.
  • Films must be no longer than six minutes, total running time, including credits.
  • All films must be G or PG-rated in language and subject matter. All films will be prescreened. Films that do not meet, in Fairfax County Public Library’s determination, the requirements of a G or PG rating, or are otherwise inappropriate for general audiences will be disqualified.
  • Please include a title page and end credits in your film.
  • Use of copyrighted screenplays, music, sound effects, clips and other material is not permitted unless the material is in the public domain or written permission to utilize the material has been obtained from the copyright holder. This includes the use of trademarked products or characters.
  • Filmmakers may use their own original screenplays, music, sound effects, clips and other material or use copyright-free, public domain, trade-friendly or creative commons material.
  • Each filmmaker may submit no more than two (2) films.
  • Please do not include bloopers or gag reels.
  • All filmmakers will also need to submit a submission form, fully signed by the applicant and the applicant’s parent or guardian. Films submitted without fully signed submission forms will be disqualified. Submission forms may be emailed to
  • All entries must be submitted by 5 PM on August 14, 2020. No late submissions will be accepted.
  • Films will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected by library staff who will, in their sole judgment and as they see fit, choose the finalists. Fairfax county Teens will vote on the finalists and select the winning film.

For Love of Country Essay & Poetry Contest ×

12th Annual For Love of Country© Essay and Poetry Contest: “Why Vote?”

The Fairfax County Public Library and The For Love of Country© Foundation invite rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders to participate in “For Love of Country©: In my own words” for a chance to win up to $100! Just create an essay or poem on the topic: “Why Vote?” Entries may be submitted from June 12 to August 14, 2020.


Fairfax County Public Library will distribute multiple awards in each of the following categories:

  • $100 – Gold
  • $50 – Silver
  • $25 – Bronze
  • Certificates of Merit

Rules & Guidelines:

1) All students entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grade as of August 2020 are eligible for the contest.

2) All work submitted must be original work.

3) One entry per student is permitted (one essay or one poem).

4) Essay work will be judged on:

  • Originality & creativity;
  • Persuasiveness;
  • Clarity, coherence & organization;
  • Grammar & spelling.

Poetry will be judged on:

  • Originality & creativity;
  • Relevance to contest topic;
  • Clarity & coherence;
  • Spelling.

5) Submit one copy of your work by clicking here and completing the online form. Only Word documents or PDFs will be accepted. No Google Docs, please.

6) The winners will be notified by September 25th. Prizes will be awarded in October. Awards ceremony details to come.

7) Essays/poems will not be returned.

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