Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Floating Library on the Hudson

Pop-Up Floating Library: Aboard the Lilac Museum Steamship

That's right, you read it correctly! It's a library on a ship! The Floating Library is a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship. The World War II era steamship will be docked at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in Tribeca, NYC from September 6 - October 3, 2014. During that time the public can hop aboard to take a break from their noisy and busy lives. Visitors are offered a wide range of  reading materials (which will be donated to high school students at the end of the project) in the reading lounge located on the main deck, and are encouraged to explore the nooks and crannies of the ship, view art installations, and take part in free public programming including roundtables, performances, and workshops on maker culture, DIY politics, sustainability issues and community engagement. Among the goals of the artist behind the project, Beatrice Glow, is to dismantle the unequal distribution of knowledge/power by bringing activities such as reading, writing, researching, debating and questioning out from within the confines of privileged spaces and into the open public sphere. Power down and embark on an adventure!

To find more information about The Floating Library, including a schedule of activities, visit

Click here to view the press release (pdf).

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