04 OCTOBER 2017 / NYC Neighborhood Library Awards Honor Public Libraries for Supporting Immigrant Communities

During the fourth annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards ceremony, a short documentary, by filmmakers Julie Dressner and Craig Marsden, was screened highlighting the incredible ways in which libraries have uplifted New York City’s immigrant communities.

From a first-generation American who attributes his enrollment in the Macaulay Honors College to his childhood Queens library, to a young woman who was bullied when she first immigrated to the U.S. but found a community of friends through the library, the film underscores the central role public libraries play in welcoming, educating, and improving the lives of the immigrants who come to New York for a better life.

The awards, an initiative of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Charles H. Revson Foundation, honor libraries for being irreplaceable pillars of their communities, offering a welcoming and safe environment, and free programs and services.

For more information about the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, click here.