NYC Neighborhood Library Awards: Nominate Your Favorite Branch

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Time is running out to nominate your favorite library for a chance to win $20,000 in the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards.

The NYC Neighborhood Library Awards have been celebrating the essential role of public libraries in communities across New York City for four years, honoring extraordinary libraries by providing five grand prize winners $20,000 each and five finalists with a $10,000 prize.

The 2017 nomination period closes Monday, March 13th. Libraries across all five boroughs are eligible.

Last year 19,000 New Yorkers entered their local libraries, sharing stories with contest organizers letting them know what makes their branches special. The Sunset Park branch (5108 4th Avenue) was among last year’s five $20,000 grand prize winners which included libraries in Arverne, Queens; Glen Oaks, Queens; Inwood, Manhattan; and Morrisania, Bronx.

The Dyker Library (8202 13th Avenue) in Dyker Heights and the Kings Bay Library (3650 Nostrand Avenue) in Sheepshead Bay were among last year’s five $10,000 prize finalists, along with the Aguilar Library in East Harlem, the Far Rockaway Library in Queens, and the Fort Washington Library in Washington Heights.

You can submit your favorite library for consideration by completing a quick, 3-minute form here or by visiting your local branch.


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Pamela Wong

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