2015-04-15 / Front Page

Three Queens Library Branches Named As Award Finalists

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Charles H. Revson Foundation announced the 10 finalists for the second annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, which celebrate the crucial role of local libraries in serving New York City’s diverse communities. The awards are unique in honoring individual branch libraries in New York City’s three library systems: Queens Library, the New York Public Library, and the Brooklyn Public Library.


The awards generated more than 13,000 nominations from library users. The remarkable response – more than three times the previous record – underscores the vital role that libraries play in our city and reveals the many ways in which libraries support New Yorkers in their daily lives.


The 10 finalists are now being reviewed by a panel of distinguished judges, who will decide which five will win the NYC Neighborhood Library Award and $20,000 each – the largest cash prize awarded directly to branch libraries in the nation.


The Queens Library finalists include the Cambria Heights, Langston Hughes and Sunnyside libraries.


The panel of judges, who will select the five winning libraries – to be announced in May – includes acclaimed 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.


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