Floating Library NYC

A Library Floats on Manhattan’s West Side

The Lilac Museum Steamship docked on Manhattan’s West Side was turned into a library earlier this fall and hosted a program of roundtables, workshops and performances that focused on “maker culture, DIY politics, sustainability issues and community engagement.”

Via The Floating Library:

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… 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.

Fearless dreaming. Love it. Libraries too.

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Images: Video stills from a short video of the boat, the library and artist Beatrice Glow created by Columbia’s EdLab and produced by The FJP’s Jiihi Jolly. Select to embiggen.


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