2021 Culture Pass Book Display Winners

This October & November, 135 branches across the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library systems competed in the first-ever citywide book display contest, creating colorful and dynamic displays around the theme of Arts & Culture to help re-introduce New Yorkers to Culture Pass.

More than 4,300 patrons cast votes for their favorite branches, and the 12 favorites from each system were then sent to a jury of artists, authors, and cultural leaders, who convened virtually on Friday, November 19th to select a winner and runner-up from each system. One grand prize citywide winner was then selected from the three systemwide winners.

Below are the winners and finalists from all three library systems. Congratulations to all who competed! 


Citywide Grand Prize Winner: Hudson Park, NYPL

Culture Pass allows New Yorkers to peek inside all that NYC has to offer! Look through the window of our display to see a rotating diorama featuring miniature scenes from MoMA, the New York Botanical Garden, the American Museum of Natural History, and Kings Theatre. The display highlights books that feature the hidden treasures of NYC.


Brooklyn Public Library First Place

Crown Heights Library

Queens Public Library First Place (Tie)


Queens Public Library First Place (Tie)


Brooklyn Public Library First Runner-Up

Clinton Hill Library

New York Public Library First Runner-Up

West Farms Library

Honorable Mentions

Brooklyn Public Library

Eastern Parkway Library
  Williamsburgh Library

New York Public Library

Clason's Point Library
  South Beach Library

Queens Public Library

Richmond Hill
  Rochdale Village


Brooklyn Public Library

Bay Ridge Library
  Dyker Library
  East Flatbush Library
  Macon Library
  New Lots Library
  New Utrecht Library
  Pacific Library
  Sunset Park Library

New York Public Library

Bronx Library Center
  Columbus Library
  Correctional Services
  Harlem Library
  Jerome Park Library
  Parkchester Library
  St. Agnes Library
  Tompkins Square Library

Queens Public Library

  East Elmhurst
  Fresh Meadows
  Long Island City