“Library Lawn,” New Open-Air Library on Governor’s Island, to Launch Saturday, June 1

May 30, 2013


“Library Lawn,” New Open-Air Library on Governor’s Island, to Launch Saturday, June 1


Brooklyn Public Library Partners with New York Public Library, Queens Library to Create Outdoor Reading and Learning Space


New York, NY – Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library have partnered with The Uni Project to create “Library Lawn,” a new, open-air library opening on Governor’s Island this Saturday, June 1.

Library Lawn is a pop-up outdoor reading room that will provide books, learning activities, and children's programming during weekends throughout the summer. Visitors will be able to borrow books "in house," register for library cards, sign up for summer reading, and get information about what's happening in each of the three New York City public library systems.

“Every summer, New Yorkers dream of escaping to an island to read and relax in the sun. This year, they need look no further than Governor’s Island,” said Linda E. Johnson, President & CEO of Brooklyn Public Library. “With the help of the New York and Queens library systems, we’re bringing New Yorkers a library without walls – one that combines all your favorite books with fun, educational programming and useful resources for children and families. We can’t wait to see readers from all over the city taking in a good book and a great view.”

Library Lawn will be open from 12-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays beginning June 1.  Special family programs will take place every Saturday at 1pm, and other programs will take place more spontaneously throughout the weekend. On opening day, magician and juggler Handsome Harry will present a performance geared toward children and teens, including sleight of hand and comedy magic.

“The joy of a good book is even better in an idyllic setting such as Governor’s Island. This is just a taste of what Queens Library has to offer. All year long, in each of Queens’ 62 “mainland” libraries, there is so much to learn, to think about, to do, to plan, to daydream about. It is all free with your Queens Library card,” said Thomas W. Galante, President & CEO of Queens Library.

"There's really nothing better on a warm summer day than to sit in the sun and cozy up with a book," said Tony Marx, President & CEO of New York Public Library. "This new open-air Library Lawn will give the public the opportunity to do just that, as well as participate in educational activities, sign up for library cards, and learn about library programs, all on beautiful Governor's Island. We are very excited to join our fellow city Library systems in spreading a love of reading, learning, and libraries to the great outdoors this summer." 

The Uni Project is dedicated to expanding a culture of learning beyond the walls of schools and libraries and into public space, by creating portable educational environments called Unis that can be dropped into almost any available street-level location. Part library, part classroom, the Uni provides a place to gather around books and learning experiences, right in the heart of neighborhoods all across New York City. The Uni project was recently awarded a 2013 Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation. 

Sam Davol, who runs The Uni Project with his wife Leslie, said, "these libraries are three of our favorite New York institutions, and we're excited to help them create places to gather around books and learning in places you wouldn't expect."

About Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is an independent library system for the 2.5 million residents of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest library system in the United States with 60 neighborhood libraries located throughout the borough. BPL offers free programs and services for all ages and stages of life, including a large selection of books in more than 30 languages, author talks, literacy programs and public computers. BPL’s eResources, such as eBooks and eVideos, catalog information and free homework help, are available to customers of all ages 24 hours a day at our website: www.bklynlibrary.org.

About Queens Library

Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. Queens Library serves a population of 2.3 million in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S. and has among the highest circulations of any public library system in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library web site at www.queenslibrary.org or phone 718-990-0700. Queens Library. Enrich your life®

About The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 90 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org. To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at nypl.org/support.  



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