Want to see more library, archive, & museum content come to SXSW 2015? The SXSW PanelPicker is now open for public voting. 30% of the decision to pick a panel is based on public input, so sign up for an account, and get your votes in before Friday, Sept. 5! Feel free to add comments to the proposals to show additional support, and share far and wide! Selected panels will be announced starting Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Below is a short list of SXSW 2015 LAM (Interactive and EDU) panels. See a more inclusive list here and don’t forget to vote!
All aboard The Floating Library: 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 (September 6- October 3, 2014) offering free public programming with over twenty roundtables, performances and workshops over the course of the month. From their website: 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. Readers can BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) or browse the library. I hear there will also be rope swings. Rope swings in a library. The library on a boat. I’ll never leave.
NYC Books Through Bars is an all volunteer-run collective that sends free books to incarcerated people across the country. Join them and the folks at ABC No Rio at their annual bingo fundraiser September 19, 2014. Doors open at 7:30pm and games begin at 8! Face Book event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/289708914546972/
Bingo cards will go for $2 each and $5 for three cards. All the proceeds from the event will be used directly on postage to send books to prisoners. Please bring a pen to help you notate bingo.
Throughout the evening, we will be raffling prizes from The IFC Center, Gristle Tattoo, SHAG sex shop, Babeland, Pioneers Press, Pok Pok Restaurant, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Book Thug Nation, The Feminist Press, Cinnamon Snail Food Truck, Interference Archive, Verso Books, Terri Restaurant, Third Root Community Center, NYC Trapeze School, Just Seeds Arts Collective, AMC (TV network), Criterion Films, New York Public Library, and more.
ABC No Rio (and their Zine Library! ) is accessible by the F, J, M, and Z trains off the Delancey-Essex Street stop. If you cannot make it to bingo night, please consider donating to Books Through Bars NYC here: http://www.booksthroughbarsnyc.org/#!donate/c1ghi. You can donate money, stamps, packing supplies, or books. Just $10 can send three book packages to three prisoners.
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor
Bring your laptops and power cords and help us correct Wikipedia’s pervasive gender bias and inaccuracies. Eyebeam Art+Technology Center has initiated an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon across the U.S. and Canada, and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and Project Continua will host its Brooklyn meet-up. Join us as we add authoritative biographical information about the women represented in The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago’s monument to women’s contributions to history, and in Project Continua, an online multimedia resource on women’s intellectual history.
If you’re a beginner Wikipedian who wants to learn more about these largely overlooked feminist figures, reference materials, technical assistance, and a variety of experts will be available.
[REPOST] Join Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) on Saturday, May 11 for Bike the Branches—a one-day bike ride to benefit the Library. Experience the borough and BPL like never before, while connecting with family, friends and fellow Brooklynites as you bike our network of 60 neighborhood libraries that serve each community.
Choose your own route and set your own pace as you visit as many of our branches as you want, or follow one of our suggested routes to take a tour of Brooklyn’s storied waterfront, literary history, culinary highlights or architectural gems. Sign up to ride as an individual or with friends and co-workers, and ask your friends and family to sponsor your ride for BPL.
Get your “passport” stamped at as many branches as you can visit between 10am and 5pm. Throughout the day, stop in at select branches to recharge and enjoy entertainment and fun activities, and top off the day at Central Library’s Finish Line Celebration from 5-7pm—you won’t want to miss it!
Register today to Bike the Branches and support Brooklyn Public Library with a rewarding day of wellness, literacy and community.
When? Wednesday, April 24, 10:30 am – 12 pm
Where? Brooklyn Public Library Central Library, Dweck Center
Stop by the Big Brooklyn Playdate to enjoy fun games and activities that delight young children and encourage early literacy. Come to play and leave ready to turn ordinary objects in your home into your child’s favorite toys. The Big Brooklyn Playdate is just one wonderful way to play at the Library; Read, Play, Grow! programs are ongoing at many neighborhood libraries this spring. Visit bklynpubliclibrary.org/first-5-years for more information.