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Library Lions

On Monday, November 4, 2013 The New York Public Library celebrated its 2013 Library Lions: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Katherine Boo, Junot Díaz, Marilynne Robinson, and Stephen Sondheim. These outstanding individuals have made a lasting impact on our culture and on our city, and we were honored to shine a light on their accomplishments.

The New York Public Library has long served as a home for millions of New Yorkers in search of knowledge, and the tools to create new ideas and new lives. In an increasingly connected society, seekers from around the globe are able to 

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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

2014 Finalists:

Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation  by Dan Fagin  (Bantam Books)  - An astounding piece of investigative journalism by science and environmental reporter Dan Fagin, recounting the 60 year history of industrial pollution and it’s devastating impact on one New Jersey town.

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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

Nominations are now closed! Thank you for supporting your local libraries.

The Charles H. Revson Foundation, in association with WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, is proud to announce the first annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards! Your neighborhood library could win $10,000 to honor the critical services it provides to your community. Nominate your library for a chance to win.

Haga clic aquí para nominar su biblioteca en español.

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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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