If you love boats or books or both, this is a great way to spend the day. The Floating Library was conceived by artist Beatrice Glow, who solicited many volunteers and sponsors to get the historic Lilac Steamship refurbished and outfitted as a pop-up, mobile device-free library. (That’s right, leave the phones at home). The main deck will be an outdoor reading lounge stocked with books from “underrepresented authors,” and there will be six ongoing art installations, including paper rope swings and work by six sound artists who were inspired by literature. Check out its calendar for a whole month of free performances, workshops and discussion groups. When the library closes — too bad it has to close! — the books will be donated to local high school students. Space is limited, so going early is probably a good idea. Dress comfortably, as some climbing is needed to see the whole ship.

Mondays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Sept. 6. Continues through Oct. 3, 2014

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 3, 2014

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