NYPL Hosted 2017 Annual Spring Dinner Honoring Individuals Who Lives Exemplify Dedication to Lifelong Learning


( ENSPIRE COMMUNITY ) NYPL Hosted 2017 Annual Spring Dinner Honoring Individuals Who Lives Exemplify Dedication to Lifelong Learning

The New York Public Library (NYPL) hosted its 2017 Annual Spring Dinner to celebrate and strengthen the Library’s commitment to quality education and lifelong learning.  The evening highlighted a new group of individuals whose lives have been deeply impacted by local branches of the Library, and whose stories are being shared in a new collection of “LibraryStories” (links to stores available upon request). In these vignettes, participants including Ron Clark, Nooria Nodret Heiskell, Adriana Blancarte-Hayward, and Khadija Bhuiyan, share stories about how programming geared towards ESL, patrons with disabilities and more helped them to overcome challenges and fostered a sense of creativity and adventure that led one participant to learn about sailing and building his own boat.

Anthony Marx, Ron Clark, Nooria Nardrat, Adriana Blancarte Hayward, Glenn E. Martin

The Library presented this year’s Brooke Russell Astor Award to criminal justice reform advocate Glenn E. Martin whose organization JustLeadershipUSA is dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030. Each year, the award is given to an individual who is tireless in their dedication to the City and who has contributed substantially to its enrichment.

Glenn E. Martin accepts the Brooke Russell Astor Award from Library President Anthony Marx

New York Public Library Spring Dinner which honored individuals whose lives exemplify the Library’s dedication to lifelong learning.  The event featured performances by three-time TONY Award winner Bernadette Peters and was attended by a host of special guests including journalists, Melissa Harris-Perry and Tina Brown; Human Rights Activist/President of RFK Human Rights, Kerry Kennedy; actor BD Wong, and many others.

Frank Monroe and Journalist, Melissa Harris-Perry

Finally, the evening featured a very special performance by three-time TONY Award Winner, Bernadette Peters who sang a rousing rendition of Rogers & Hammerstein’s “There Is Nothing Like A Dame” from the musical South Pacific, and Stephen Sondheim’s “Children Will Listen” from Into the Woods.

Bernadette Peters

Human Rights Activist Kerry Kennedy

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