Neighborhood Library Awards accepting nominations
With voting underway for this year's Neighborhood Library Awards, News 12 visited one of last year's winners in Sunset Park to find out how the prize money helped boost the branch there.
"Resources are scarce," says Roxana Benavides, the neighborhood library supervisor. "So when we have $20,000, it makes a huge difference."
There are 207 branches of the city's public library, all hoping for funding from the same budget. The Neighborhood Library Awards offer a little added boost. New Yorkers can submit nominations until March 13.
Community members nominate their local libraries based on services, programs and other support roles.
The Sunset Park branch, one of last year's winners, serves as a community hub in a diverse neighborhood, according to patrons there.
"It's really multicultural," says one patron, Juan Velasquez. "There's a lot of Chinese and Latin people in here. It's really an incredible sight to see."