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What Makes Your Library Special? Nominate it Now!

Monday, May 20, 2013

A panoramic view of the main branch of the Rose Main Reading Room at the New York Public Library. A panoramic view of the main branch of the Rose Main Reading Room at the New York Public Library. (David Iliff/Wikipedia Commons)

The "NYC Neighborhood Library Awards" nomination process gets underway with Charles H. Revson foundation president Julie Sandorf and chairman Reynold Levy. Today through July 1, New Yorkers can share why their NYC branch library should win awards as The Brian Lehrer Show explores the issues facing public libraries today with a range of guests.

 

→ Fill out the online nomination form here!

Guests:

Reynold Levy and Julie Sandorf

Comments [2]

Marilyn from Manhattan

Save New York City Libraries From Bloomberg Developer Destruction! Sign petition here: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-new-york-city-libraries?source=c.em.mt&r_by=6817161

May. 29 2013 11:30 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

I would like to use my nomination and award for one of the multiple special libraries in jeopardy of being sold to create real estate deals like Donnell, the five story library that stood on 53rd Street across from MoMA on 53rd street, sold to net the NYPL the pittance of $39 million. (The penthouse in the 50-story building going up to replace is on the market for $60 million.) Hardly, a fate that Mr. Donnell who donated the funds for the library or John D. Rockefeller who donated the land might have expected to become of their gifts when Donnell housed a capacious new auditorium, a state of the art media center and new, expensively renovated teen center.

It is awkwardly late to demand that the old Donnell be brought back but there are other libraries now in jeopardy from real estate sales now being promoted by presidents Marx and Johnson as official policy, the further consolidating shrinkage of the Central Library Plan and the sale of the historic Pacific Branch next to Ratner’s highly subsidized “Barclays” arena.

The library I would like to nominate, and thereby hopefully save, is the Business and Career library in Brooklyn Heights BECAUSE OF WHERE IT IS LOCATED, centrally and accessibly on the border of Downtown Brooklyn and historic Brooklyn Heights where it acts as a beacon of opportunity, much more than just a typical small branch drawing and integrating with shared hopes people of all sorts from all over the borough and city, including those seeking jobs and to improve their relative status in the world.

Unfortunately, the award of only $10,000 seems a paltry effort, a mere distraction, in the face of the value of the very substantial library assets the library presidents are casually casting off by selling treasures like Donnell or demolishing the research stacks of the Central Reference Library at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

The Citizens Defending Libraries campaign and petition is fighting the sale and shrinkage of library system assets.

May. 29 2013 09:53 AM

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