On May 20, 2013, WNYC's Brian Lehrer welcomed Charles H. Revson Foundation President Julie Sandorf and Chairman Reynold Levy to his daily call-in program. The occasion for their visit was an announcement of a new award for branch libraries across New York City.
The New York City Neighborhood Library Award, funded by the Revson Foundation in association with the Brian Lehrer Show, will award cash prizes to five outstanding branch libraries. Winners will be selected through a nomination process.
Throughout the segment on May 20, Lehrer's listeners phoned in to convey enthusiastic stories of Argentine Tango classes at Brooklyn Public Library, book discussions at Queens Public Library, and Saturday movies at New York Public Library. "The library is one of the most unique and remarkable insitutions in the city. It is open to everyone," remarked Julie Sandorf.
This morning, Lehrer and Sandorf reconvened, joined by contest judges Fatima Shama, NYC Immigrant Affairs commissioner, and Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360. The group announced ten finalists for the awards:
- NYPL's Aguilar Library
- QPL's Corona Library
- BPL's Kings Bay Library
- BPL's Macon Library
- NYPL's New Dorp Library
- NYPL's Parkchester Library
- QPL's Queens Village Library
- NYPL's Seward Park Library
- BPL's Sheepshead Bay Library
- NYPL's Tremont Library
The five winning branches will receive $10,000 each and will be publicly honored at an award ceremony. The winners will be announced on September 17, 2013.
For more information on this award and the finalists, view the official press release from the Revson Foundation here.