by Davis Erin Anderson, Community Engagement Manager, METRO
Last Thursday, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Charles H. Revson Foundation announced and celebrated the five winners of this year's NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. Each winner received a check for $20,000 while the runners-up each netted $10,000.
The five winning branches are:
- Langston Hughs Library (Corona, Queens)
- Mott Haven Library (the Bronx)
- New Lots Library (East New York, Brooklyn)
- Parkchester Library (the Bronx)
- Stapleton Library (Staten Island)
The runners-up are:
- Cambria Heights Library (Queens)
- Clinton Hill Library (Brooklyn)
- Jefferson Market Library (Manhattan)
- Sunnyside Library (Queens)
- Windsor Terrace Library (Brooklyn)
After hearing coverage of these awards from the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, our fellow New Yorkers submitted more than 13,000 nomination forms. Each and every branch library in the three systems in New York received a nod from their community.
A panel of judges narrowed these nominations into a set of ten finalists: authors Maira Kalman, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Jacqueline Woodson; Susan Hildreth, former Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services; Dutton Children’s Books publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel; and Maya Wiley, Counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Congratulations to all ten of these phenomenal libraries, both for their ongoing work on behalf of their communities and for this well-deserved recognition.