The Uni went to Corona today, and we had blast. We transformed a part of Corona Plaza near the 7 train’s 103rd St station into a reading room all day. We were invited here by the Queens Museum of Art to support the New York City Department of Transportation and other local organizations in transforming the area into a vibrant open space for residents as part of NYC DOT’s Plaza Program. What a neighborhood, so many families coming by the Uni all day.

Thank you to today’s special partners: Queens Library and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Thank you Uni volunteers: Allie Janvey, Meghan Dowell, Stephanie Yee, and Christine O’Heron. Thank you installers: Evan Bender and Nelson DeJesus.

The Uni and Queens together: keep reading, keep learning, keep improving. See you soon!

Uni Librarians Allie and Meghan plan the day with Leslie.

We built a Zoetrope! This idea borrowed from Uni partner artist and educator Deb Putnoi. Check out her Drawing Lab which we have hosted in the Uni previously.

In a best of three match, my new friend Jeff took two from me. Rematch scheduled for next time the Uni lands in Corona. Thanks Jeff, keep studying, I’m going to be working on my opening moves. Watch out!


New Louis Armstrong cube (with audio!) that we created with Louis Armstrong House Museum.

Street books require street food. Local always best.

Uni Volunteer Stephanie and a Uni patron.

Book and Italian ice break for Uni Volunteer Christine.

Leslie constantly re-shelves.

Thanks to Camille from Queens Library. One her break, she went to the Louis Armstrong House Museum for the first time!

Uni installers Nelson DeJesus and Evan Bender come for the books as well as the loading.

Want one of these in your neighborhood? Call me.

Uni footprint on the Plaza. Thanks Corona for a great day. See you soon!

(Need even more photos? Here’s a beauty of the Uni on Instagram via Trust Art.)


One Response to Corona!

  1. Sandy July 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    It is so exciting to inspire people of all ages to read and you are doing an excellent job. I am 72 years old and I had not like to read until I was in the 5th grade of school. I was so lucky to have a teacher who was convinced everyone in his classes would follow him in liking to read. Well, he make a believer out of me and I hope because my daugther and grandchildren like to read I have somewhat inspired them. Keep up the good work – our children today need to read and put away all of the computer games…..Proud of you all.

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