In honor of NYC librarians, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and the Charles H. Revson Foundation hosted a discussion between Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, and Michael Kimmelman, Architecture Critic for The New York Times, both of whom have been speakers at the SNF Annual International Conference.
Stelios Vassilakis, Director of Programs & Strategic Initiatives at the SNF, gave brief remarks at the beginning of the event and introduced the speakers.
The Revson Foundation, along with SNF and in association with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, have hosted annually The NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, since 2015. The Library Awards recognized and rewarded branches of the BPL, QPL, and NYPL for exceptional service. Each year, thousands of New Yorkers across the city nominated their branches for the award. Based on patrons’ nominations, data on circulation and program attendance, visits to see the branches in action, and the recommendations of a philanthropic review committee, ten finalist branches were named each year. Five winning branches received $20,000 prizes, and the remaining finalists received $10,000 prizes each.