My Branch Library is Better Than Your Branch Library, Sucka

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The Mosholu Library, widely regarded (by me and my family) as the greatest in the city, perhaps the United States.

That’s right, tough guy. My branch library is way better than your branch library. And I’m not afraid to say it.

Everyone knows the Mosholu Library is the class of the Bronx, with friendly staff, cool programs and excellent resources. Its location next to a nice sliver of open space helps, too: After your five-year-old finishes up with the Read Aloud program, and you’ve checked your email on one of the computers, you can take the book you just picked after ordering it online and sit under a tree in Whalen Park to read it.

Sure, if that book happens to be “Firm Abs, Flat Tummy” you might hide it behind a different book so the teenagers don’t laugh at you, but it’ll still be great.

Maybe you think your branch library is awesome, too. Maybe it’s the kind of thing that makes you proud to live in New York City. So maybe you should nominate your branch for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, an initiative of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Charles H. Revson Foundation (which supports City Limits).

Last year, 13,000 New Yorkers submitted entries and five branches won: The Langston Hughes Community Library in Queens, New Lots Library in Brooklyn, Stapleton Library in Staten Island, and Bronx’s Parkchester and Mott Haven Libraries. Nominations are now open for this year’s prizes, which will pick ten finalists and five winners. The winning branches will get $20,000 each and the five runners-up will each received $10,000.

You can submit a nomination online or with a paper form that’s available at your branch.

Either way, it’s on!

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