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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

Given annually to an "unsung hero" of New York City.

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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

The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award is a $10,000 prize awarded each spring to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories.

Established in 2001, this annual award recognizes the work of young authors and celebrates their accomplishments publicly, making a difference in their lives as they continue to build their careers. The Young Lions Fiction Award was founded by  Ethan Hawke, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, Rick Moody, and Hannah McFarland. The Award is made possible by an endowment created with generous gifts from Russell Abrams, 

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Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism

Journalist Dan Fagin wins 2014 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism for “Toms River”

Renowned journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Fagin received The New York Public Library’s 2014 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism at a ceremony at the Library’s landmark building on May 28, 2014..

Fagin, a former staff writer for Newsday and a science journalism professor at New York University, won the prestigious award for his groundbreaking work Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, which investigates childhood 

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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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