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RCLS Social Media Advocacy Contest Official Rules


  • The contest is open to all members of the RCLS (Ramapo Catskill Library System) community.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age or have parental/legal guardian consent to enter.
  • Employees, board members, and immediate family members of RCLS Headquarters in Middletown, NY, are not eligible to participate.

Entry Guidelines:

  • Create a short video (maximum duration: 3 minutes) sharing a personal story about how the library has positively impacted your life.
  • Videos must be submitted via email to marketing@rcls.org or posted on social media platforms by tagging RCLS and using the hashtag #RCLSAdvocacy.
  • Submission deadline is January 31, 2024, by 11:59 PM EST.

Content Guidelines:

  • Videos must highlight a personal experience or story that illustrates the positive impact of libraries on the participant's life.
  • Content must be original and created specifically for this contest. Plagiarized or copyrighted material will result in disqualification.
  • Ensure the content is suitable for all audiences and adheres to community guidelines and decency standards.

Prize Details:

  • One winner will be selected eligible entries to receive a $25 Visa gift card.
  • The winner will be announced on RCLS social media platforms and contacted directly via the provided email or social media handle.

Judging Criteria:

  • Entries will not be judged based on quality or production value but rather on the sincerity of the story and its demonstration of the library's positive impact.
  • The selection of the winner will be conducted randomly from all eligible entries received.

Rights and Permissions:

  • By submitting a video, participants grant RCLS the right to use, edit, reproduce, distribute, and display the content for promotional purposes.

General Conditions:

  • RCLS reserves the right to disqualify entries that do not comply with the rules or for any reason deemed appropriate.
  • Participants agree to release RCLS and its affiliates from any liability associated with participation in this contest.

Notification of Winner:

  • The winner will be notified via email or direct message on social media within two weeks after the submission deadline.
  • If the winner does not respond within 7 days of notification, an alternate winner may be selected.

Privacy Policy:

  • Personal information collected during this contest will be used solely for the purpose of administering the contest and will not be shared or sold to third parties.


  • This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Visa.

By entering this contest, participants acknowledge and agree to abide by these official rules.

For any inquiries or additional information, contact marketing@rcls.org.