ASTORIA-LONG ISLAND CITY, NY – The Astoria and Long Island City branches of the Queens Public Library entered a city-wide book exhibition competition – and New Yorkers will have their say to say about the winner.
More than 130 library branches in the city’s three systems participated in the competition, which is organized by Culture Pass, an initiative that gives library card holders access to cultural institutions.
The public can see and vote for the displays here until Nov. 12, when those with the most votes will advance to a final round of judging, organizers said.
The judges will select the first and second place winners for each library system – the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library – and a global display of the best in show business, said organizers.
In its exhibition, the Astoria Library paid homage to its neighborhood’s status as a âcultural hotspot for the artsâ.
âIn the early days of The Moving Image, before decamping to Hollywood, Astoria was a city of movie studios. Today, film and television production still shoots here. And with its proximity to Broadway and the epic theatrical scene of New York, Astoria is a place because those dreams can start to come true and flourish, “the library staff wrote.” At QPL Astoria, ‘Arts & Culture’ means honoring Astoria’s legacy and providing the place and space for those who aspire to be part of the legacy. “
Meanwhile, the Long Island City branch created a miniature version of 21st Street and Vernon Boulevard; Street staff called “the main thoroughfares that run through the heart of Long Island City”.
âScanning the QR code inside each building will take you to their respective websites to explore further,â the library staff wrote. “These cultural institutions, the MoMA PS1, the Queens Public Library in Long Island City, and the Noguchi Museum bring the neighborhood closer, just as the Culture Pass brings people closer to the arts and culture.”
The jury includes New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Gonzalo Casals, Artist and Founder of the Free Black Women’s Library Ola RonkeAkinmowo, Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Pat Cummings, President of the Charles H. Revson Foundation Julie Sandorf and Improv Everywhere Founder Charlie Todd. .