Two libraries in the borough came up on top in New York City’s first ever Neighborhood Library Awards.
The Charles H. Revson Foundation announced on Tuesday, September 17 the five winners of the first NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. After a six-week nomination period this summer, the five libraries were chosen from 10 finalists that were picked from 4,310 nominations.
Corona Library, located on 38-17 104th Street, was one of the five winning libraries that each received $10,000. The Macon Library and Sheepshead Bay Library in Brooklyn, New Dorp Library in Staten Island and Seward Park Library in Manhattan also took home the winning prize.
“There is a line around the corner of neighborhood residents before the branch opens,” said an excerpt from the nomination for Corona Library. “People use it for ESOL, homework help after school, internet access, and of course access to books. It is a trusted and safe place where all folks, regardless of socio-economic or ethnic backgrounds, can come.”
The nominations were cast between May and July by parents, students, seniors, artists, teachers, job-seekers and entrepreneurs. The recognition of the libraries showed each library’s dedication to serving the communities.
“These five libraries are truly outstanding and reflect the extraordinarily important role that neighborhood libraries play in communities all across the city,” said Julie Sandorf, president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation. “It was especially moving to see, throughout the entire selection process, the passion of the nominators and their gratitude for the often life-changing contributions of the neighborhood library.”
Along with the five winning libraries, the remaining finalists, which included the Queens Village Library located at 94-11 217th Street in Queens Village, were each given checks for $5,000.