Heckscher Library Prize
Heckscher Prize for Outstanding Service to Children and Youth
In 2016, the foundation joined the Charles H. Revson and Stavros Niarchos Foundations’ NYC Neighborhood Library Awards initiative to award the first ever Heckscher Prize for Outstanding Service to Children and Youth to the Jerome Park Library in the Bronx. The prize recognizes the important role of branch libraries in the education and development of children and teens in New York City, particularly those in our most underserved communities.
Known as the “Oscars of Libraries,” the Revson/Stavros Niarchos NYC Neighborhood Library Awards generated approximately 19,000 nominations from library users in 2016 (up more than 40 percent from 2015). Jerome Park nominators, 20 percent of whom were 12 and under, described their branch as a fun, safe, and “cool” community hub—a place to get help and a place where beloved librarians treat them “like family.” The library plays an integral role in the community, providing safe, reliable after-school supervision, academic support, and fun enrichment programs for children and youth.