BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
The New York City Neighborhood Library Awards, also known as the “Oscars of Libraries,” will honor five libraries that have provided exceptional service to the community with a $20,000 prize.
The nominations, which are open for just three more days, allow the public to vote for its favorite neighborhood library, either by submitting an online form or submitting a ballot at local branches. Both options are available in 10 languages.
Based on the nominations data regarding circulation and program attendance, visits to see the branches in action, and recommendations of the philanthropic review community, the pool will be narrowed down to 10 finalists. A group of judges, including authors Francine Prose and Min Jin Lee, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation Lisa Lucas, and Commissioner & CEO of Chicago Public Library Brian Bannon, will pick the winning branches.
The NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, which is an initiative of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Charles H. Revson Foundation, rewards public libraries for being “the unsung heroes of New York – places where all are welcome, the programs and resources are free, and the libraries are making it all happen on a shoestring budget.”
Last year, Queens Library’s Glen Oaks and Arverne branches were among the six winning branches.
In addition to the five winning branches, the Heckscher Foundation for Children will once again award the Heckscher Prize for Outstanding Service to Children and Youth with $20,000 as well as recognize an additional outstanding library branch that has proven its commitment to this city’s youth through special programs, classes, and events.
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