September 22, 2014
A library that floats
by Kirsten Reach
A boat full of library books, called, all too appropriately, the Floating Library, is open from September 6 through October 3, 2014. Initiated by Beatrice Glow, this is “a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship” on Pier 25.
With twenty roundtables, performances, and workshops featuring “DIY politics, sustainability issues, and community engagement,” the project is focused on bringing conversations within closed, institutional walls to open space… or the open sea:
Some highlights include bookmaking with Center for Book Arts and Small Editions, a modular furniture building workshop with Reid Bingham, live recording session with HeritageRadioNetwork, a Sensory Walk Workshop with the Movement Party, Light Reading with Ugly Duckling Presse, a multimedia sound performance by Pauchi Sasaki in the Petty Officer’s Room – a space akin to being inside the belly of a whale—, and SeaChange: We All Live Downstream ( a participatory voyage initiated by Mare Liberum and 350.org) will disembark onboard for three days of office hours after traveling for three-weeks on small boats made of paper connecting climate change activists along the Hudson.
Kirsten Reach is an editor at Melville House.