Go check out this cool happening in NYC! The Floating Library explains itself like this (quoted from their website):
“The Floating Library is a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in New York City for September 6- October 3, 2014. The people-powered library is initiated by artist Beatrice Glow and brings together over seventy participants to fortify a space for critical cultural production by pushing boundaries under the open skies that are conducive to fearless dreaming.The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. Ongoing art installations include a Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature, site-specific paper rope swings, The Line, by Amanda Thackray, and Leading Lights by Katarina Jerinic in the Pilot House.”
The ship will offer outdoor reading areas, a listening room, and many free activities (like roundtable discussion on the environment, politics, and culture). Hours are: Saturday & Sunday 2-7PM; Wed.-Fri. varied (check the website).
- “The Floating Library and 5 Other Unusual Reading Spots” at TimeOut NY
- “Floating Library Makes a Stop in NYC” at PublicLibraries.com
- “‘Floating LIbrary’ Come to Historic Steamship Lilac” at CBS
- Learn more about steamships and the LILAC Preservation Project “Restoring Steam to America’s Waters” at their website.