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Heckscher Library Prize

Heckscher Prize for Outstanding Service to Children and Youth

In 2017, the foundation once again joined the Charles H. Revson and Stavros Niarchos Foundations’ NYC Neighborhood Library Awards initiative with its second annual Heckscher Prize for Outstanding Service to Children and Youth awarded to the Grand Concourse Library in the Bronx. The winner received a prize of $20,000 to spend on their branch.

The Heckscher Prize for Outstanding Service to Children and Youth recognizes the important role branch libraries play in the education and development of children and teens in New York City, particularly those in our most underserved communities.

A short documentary on Grand Concourse features the library’s free video visitation program for families with incarcerated loved ones. In it, a young boy video chats with his uncle currently serving in Rikers.

Known as the “Oscars of Libraries,” the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards generated a record-breaking 24,000 nominations this year (an increase of more than 30 percent from last year).

Watch the video.

Read the press release.