New York is Getting a Floating Library

Cedar Lake

New York City is home to many amazing libraries and this fall the city is getting another. The Floating Library is a pop-up library that will open on the Lilac Museum Steamship at Pier 25 on the Hudson River.

Artist Beatrice Glow has curated the collection, which is made up of books focused on the arts. The boat will be docked from September 6-October 3, 2014 and will include reading and exhibition space.

The deck will be a reading area and there will be a “Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature,” according to the site. Paper rope swings and other installations will also be on the boat.

Also, tuck away your cell phone – no mobile devices are allowed on the boat. There will be various discussions, performances, and other activities that will take place there as well such as a bookmaking session.

The project will be happening between Sept. 6 and Oct. 3 and after it’s concluded, some of the books on the boat will go to high school students that require them, according to the website for New York’s library.

Cedar Lake

Meanwhile, Minneapolis already has a floating library. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, artist Sarah Peters created a rowboat with a friend and can be found sometimes on Cedar Lake distributing works – mostly books made by artists, as noted by Star Tribune writer Laurie Hertzel, not well-known titles. The structure will be on the lake the last week of August. Peters told the Star Tribune that she'd also put boxes on shore for readers to return the books if they won't be out on the water again soon.