Bronx woman wins prestigious award for efforts to promote literacy

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A Bronx woman is being recognized for her dedication in promoting literacy throughout the Bronx.

Gesille Dixon, the borough director of Bronx Neighborhood Library Networks at the New York Public Library, has received the 2019 Sloan Public Service Award. The award highlights people who show extraordinary commitment to the public.

Dixon started as a librarian trainee 19 years ago. She worked at the Woodstock Public Library before moving on to her current position. She is in charge of 35 branch libraries in the Bronx.

Dixon says she is grateful for the award.

Those who work with Dixon say Bronx libraries have blossomed under her leadership. She ensures that local branches cater to the community's needs and helps bring library resources to assisted living facilities and the Bronx Terminal Market.

Dixon is one of six people to receive a $10,000 check.

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