Multicultural Program Award


The New Jersey State Library Multicultural Program Award is an annual award given to libraries that have conducted an exemplary program or program series that foster the understanding of multiculturalism through sustainable community partnerships. Successful applicants are required to share program examples that show how their relationships with an ethic or cultural entity or community organization helped to establish and/or expand library programming for a targeted ethnic/cultural population. Programs offered within the last two years preceding the award application deadline shall be eligible to receive the award. The winning libraries receive a $1,000 honorarium, a certificate and statewide promotion as a model program and are honored during the NJLA Annual Conference.

What is a Multicultural Program?

The multicultural program should be focused on advancing understanding multicultural issues in communities that libraries serve and encouraging collaboration and dialogue between people of diverse backgrounds. The multicultural program should be educational, cultural and social programs designed to foster intercultural and cross-cultural awareness and advocate & support the needs of ethnic/cultural populations.

Selection Criteria

  • Relationship of program to the purpose of the Award
  • Validity of ethnic cultural representation
  • Extent to which program bridges cultures
  • Evidence of collaborative relationships in developing the program
  • Demonstrated significance of program and its impact on the community
  • Excellence, innovation and originality of program content and presentation

Past Winners

2019 State Library Award Brochure

2018 State Library Awards Brochure

2017 Multicultural Program Award Brochure

2016 Multicultural Program Award Brochure                                           

2015 Multicultural Program Award Brochure

2014 Multicultural Program Award Brochure


Please contact:

Mimi Lee, Diversity and Literacy Consultant
Lifelong Learning | New Jersey State Library
Tel. 609-278-2640 ext.191