Love Your Local Library? Show it by Nominating it for New $10K Award

E. 110th St. public library East Harlem

Neighborhood libraries likes this one in East Harlem could win a $10,000 award. (Photo by Matt Pardon, Flickr Creative Commons License)

A new program, the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, will celebrate the unique ways in which the city’s local libraries serve the city’s diverse communities by offering five  branch libraries a cash prize of $10,000 each.

New Yorkers have until July 1 to submit nominations explaining how their local branch library has made their community a better place and why it deserves to be honored.

In 2011, New York City’s 206 public libraries received 40.5 million visits, a 40% increase over a decade earlier, according to Branches of Opportunity, a study by the Center for an Urban Future. Given the changing economic environment, New York City’s libraries are constantly evolving to meet the needs of New Yorkers through new programs, classes, job resources, community events, and more.

The NYC Neighborhood Library Awards program is an independent awards program sponsored by the Charles H. Revson Foundation, in association with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show. A review committee will vet the nominations submitted by the public.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges including: the author R.L. Stine; Fatima Shama, NYC Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs; Kurt Andersen, author and host of WNYC’s Studio 360; and Carla Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore and former president of the American Library Association.

New Yorkers from all five boroughs are encouraged to nominate their local libraries through any of the public libraries’ websites at:,, and Or they can visit the Revson Foundation’s website. For more information call 212-935-3340, ext. 20.  Winners will be announced in September 2013.



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