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The Black American Library Card Project is a community partnership and open call for art for a limited-edition library card celebrating contributions and culture of Black Americans.

This summer, Brooklyn Public Library will release a limited-edition library card celebrating Black American culture and history, in partnership with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Brooklyn’s Community Boards. The card will be released as part of Brooklyn Public Library’s Juneteenth 2021 celebrations, the first year this holiday will be recognized as a City, State and public school holiday.

This project began as a proposal from Wendy A. Robinson from Community Board 3’s Parks, Arts & Culture Committee to celebrate and raise awareness of the African American Heritage Center at Macon Library. BPL is grateful to Wendy A. Robinson and other Community Board 3 Members for their work developing this idea.

From January 4–31, artists are invited to submit designs for a library card. Designs will be reviewed by a panel of BPL staff and community stakeholders. Finalists may have their works displayed and the selected design will receive a $2,000 stipend for their work.

This limited edition card will be released Summer 2021 at the African American Heritage Center at Macon Library and available at all library branches in Brooklyn that are issuing library cards. 

This card is the first in a series of future ‘Celebrating Heritage’ library cards.

Project Partners

Archived Video: 1/11/2021 Artist Information Session

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