Coming Soon: A Floating Library

On reading this, I immediately had two questions. First, why has this never been a thing in NYC? The second is, how do I apply for a job there?

From the Gothamist:

The announcement of a floating library makes us wonder why there has never been a library on a boat in one of our city’s rivers before. Seems like Heaven! And finally, after decades of not even realizing we were waiting for this magic vessel, it’s almost here. The Lilac Museum Steamship will host a pop-up floating library at Pier 25 on the Hudson River starting September 6th (through October 3rd).

“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.”There will also be roundtables, performances, a listening room, and rope swings. ROPE SWINGS. ON A BOAT. IN A LIBRARY. Throw in a hammock and we’re never leaving.

I expect they’ll need to hire a bouncer to enforce closing times. This sounds far too awesome to ever want to leave.

About Jon Frater

A gaming industry stalwart dating back to the 1980s, Jonathan Frater is the co-author of roleplaying game books Robotech: Return of the Masters, and Robotech Adventures: Lancer's Rockers, both for Palladium Books. Jonathan also wrote a column on writing and game design called The Tome in Gateways magazine. He's currently a librarian at Metropolitan College of New York. Article 9, the first in his ambitious Blockade Trilogy, is Jonathan's first full-length novel.

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