NYC Floating Library at Pier 25 (9/6 – 10/3)

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floatinglibraryAll 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.

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The 24-Hour Read-In Needs You!

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Come out and support libraries during the 24-hour We Will Not Be Shushed Read-In. This is going to be a unified libraries effort with readers and library workers from all three tri-li systems. We already have the full endorsement of Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library administration. This is going to be a huge event in support of libraries.

June 12th – 13th
5pm – 5pm
Front Steps of Brooklyn Public Library @ Grand Army Plaza

To volunteer for a reading slot or to help with the event itself, please email savenyclibraries@gmail.com

Do you Haiku? Try It (You Might Like It) for National Poetry Month

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Haiku by Amber

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held annually in April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country take part in celebrating poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. This year, check out the Second Annual Freshkills Park Haiku Contest: ideas, impressions, experiences, and thoughts of Freshkills Park in Haiku form.

(After the fact) The second annual Freshkills Park haiku contest is over (sniff). Check out the winners of the adult and student categories over at their blog!

Put A Poem In Your Pocket: 4/30

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pocket_logoApril is National Poetry Month and New York City is getting in the mood for it by hosting the 7th annual Poem In Your Pocket (PIYP) Day on Thursday, April 30, 2009. Write a poem or borrow one from your favorite poet; the point is to share it. Poems will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, and bookstores; including a full day of open-mic sessions for NYC public school students in Bryant Park. For a sneak peak, NYC public school student poetry can be read here.

Need some inspiration of your own? Visit your local library:

New York Public Library
Brooklyn Public Library
Queens Public Library