Ask a Librarian’s The Director’s Chair winners announced

Above, Palm Beach County Director John Callahan presents high school sophomore Joshua Stadlan with his prize and certificate for winning The Director’s Chair video contest.

Palm Beach County high school students dominate statewide library video contest

On Feb. 23, Palm Beach County Library Director John Callahan and Ask a Librarian officials awarded prizes to the winners of The Director’s Chair, a contest in which Florida high school students created commercials to promote Ask a Librarian. Although the contest was statewide, all three winners came from the School District of Palm Beach County.

First-place winner Joshua Stadlan is a sophomore from Weinbaum Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton. Casandra Brescacin, a senior from Seminole Ridge High School in Loxahatchee, won second place in the contest, and Elyse Lautenschlager, a senior from Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, won third prize.

“Ask a Librarian is an amazing service, and it was a great tool to use for my huge English research paper,” said Stadlan, whose computer-animated video of President Obama using Ask a Librarian earned the most votes. “I’ve told quite a few friends about the service.”

A panel of judges narrowed all the entries down to five finalists, and the public determined the three winners by voting online.

Ask a Librarian is a free online service that allows patrons to chat with a librarian for help with homework or general questions.

Visit to see the winners’ videos.

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Ask a Librarian’s The Director’s Chair winners announced
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