Uni at Corona Plaza with Queens Museum of Art

We love what NYC Dept. of Transportation has been doing to create pedestrian plazas with local communities. On Saturday, we went to back to one of our favorites – Corona Plaza under the 7 train, in Queens. This was our 6th time setting up in this newly pedestrianized space, and again our host was the Queens Museum of Art. QMA staff brought their own activities geared towards families and children, and joined us to lead read-alouds using some of our new books.

Thanks to QMA staff member Alexandra Maria Garcia, for inviting us and coordinating read-alouds, and to Uni volunteers Leigh, Stephanie, and Will. Thanks also to Uni installer Nelson, and Amelia, who is working with us for the summer from MIT. Great day in Corona!

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

The Uni arrives on a clear morning in Queens. “We move. You read.”

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Before we began using tents, we relied on parasols, purchased just down the street in Corona. We brought them out again!

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Gathering for story time…

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Alexandra Garcia from the Queens Museum of Art kicks things off, in spanish.

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni volunteer Leigh and two patrons set the table, with books.

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Look closely, this is not a book. It’s a math puzzle using pickles and jars.

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Librarians Rammy Speyer and Rob Bruijnzeels visit the Uni  from the Holland. We’ll be presenting the Uni to twenty Dutch Librarians later this week.

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Amelia Carver is working with the Uni to evaluate and document our impact. Here she’s diving in and reading to patrons.

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

First-time Uni volunteer Will creates an impromptu chess clinic on the street.

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni Corona

Stephanie Yee, Uni volunteer Librarian, has been with us many times to Corona.

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Nelson DeJesus and I have to break up the party…

Uni Corona

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Uni at Corona Plaza, Queens

Amelia, Stephanie, Alexandra from Queens Museum, and Nelson. See you in a few weeks, back in Corona!

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