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1986 Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition A city-wide initiative, launched with the New York Public Library and the New York City Department of Education. Open to grades 3-12 for writing and illustrating books, with awards for city-wide and borough winners. In 2000 the Competition added the high school category, thank to a generous grant from the Pierre and Marie-Gaetana Matisse Foundation. In 2012 the Competition left the NYPL for the Brooklyn Public Library’s flagship branch, at Grand Army Plaza, where judging and an exhibition of the winning books take place every spring. (At Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s request, the 2015 awards ceremony took place at the Tweed Courthouse, DOE headquarters.)