2023 Culture Pass Book Display Winners

This February & March, almost a hundred branches across the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library systems competed in the second Culture Pass citywide book display contest, creating colorful and dynamic displays around the theme of "The Creative City," celebrating New York as a source of inspiration for generations of artists, performers, and writers.


More than 5,500 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 Wednesday, March 29th, 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 Winner: Greenpoint, Brooklyn Public Library

Our display features an artist sewing a quilt, sitting in front of a window, looking out on the city. Basing our concept around communal creativity and upcycling, we papier-mâchéd the figure from old local newspapers, highlighting our neighborhood and library’s focus on environmentalism. Inspired by our branch’s mending programs, we created the quilt using recycled materials. The quilt’s interior patches represent Culture Pass organizations, including at least one from each borough, with an emphasis on Brooklyn. Local kids created the border patches. This display was created by members of the staff and neighborhood representing what a creative city truly means.


New York Public Library First Place

Allerton Library  

Queens Public Library First Place

Woodhaven Library

Brooklyn Public Library First Runner-up

Crown Heights Library

New York Public Library First Runner-up

Aguilar Library

Queens Public Library First Runner-up

Queens Central Library

Honorable Mentions

Brooklyn Public Library

Borough Park Library
  Paerdegat Library

New York Public Library

Mosholu Library
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library


Queens Public Library

Bayside Library
  Corona Library
  Seaside Library


Brooklyn Public Library

Bay Ridge Library
  Brighton Beach Library
  Clinton Hill Library
  Dyker Library
  Fort Hamilton Library
  Kensington Library
  Midwood Library
  Sheepshead Bay Library

New York Public Library

58th Street Library
  Bloomingdale Library
  Columbus Library
  Hamilton Fish Park Library
  Morningside Heights Library
  Parkchester Library
  Richmondtown Library
  Woodstock Library

Queens Public Library

Arverne Library
  Astoria Library
  Auburndale Library
  Hunters Point Library
  Ozone Park Library
  Sunnyside Library
  Woodside Library