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Library Lions

On Monday, November 3, 2014 The New York Public Library celebrated its 2014 Library Lions: Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, Kazuo Ishiguro, Robert B. Silvers, and Anna Deavere Smith. A truly brilliant group of honorees.  Thank you to all who helped make this event possible.

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Brooke Russell Astor Award

For questions regarding the Brooke Russell Astor Award, please contact or 212.930.0671. 

Learn more about the Brooke Russell Astor Award. 

Nominations are closed for 2015. 

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Maher Stern Award

An annual award to an outstanding NYPL Library Manager and his/her staff.

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Minerva Award

Honors each year's Valedictorians from New York City public high school graduates (1997-2003).

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Young Lions Fiction Award

“We started this prize because we wanted to be sure that there was a net for young writers, a little net where you could get caught, where you’d know people cared.”

-Ethan Hawke, Co-Founder of the Young Lions Fiction Award  

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Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism

The New York Public Library has announced the 2015 finalists for the Helen Bernstein Book Award For Excellence in Journalism. The books were chosen by a seven-member Library Review Committee, which received over 75 nominations from publishers for books published in 2014.  The winner will be chosen by a Selection Committee chaired by James F. Hoge and announced May 26, 2015 (Press Release).

The finalists are:

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Ezra Jack Keats Award

Given jointly with Ezra Jack Keats Foundation to a promising new children's book author.

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NYC Neighborhood Library Awards

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Charles H. Revson Foundation, in association with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show are pleased to announce the 2014 NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. The Awards will honor five local libraries in New York City for providing exceptional service to their communities. Each winning branch will receive $20,000, the largest cash prize awarded directly to branch libraries in the country. 

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The Jean M. Campbell Award

This award recognizes an NYPL staff member who during the past year has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to improving public reference service.

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