Reading books instead of parking cars along Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn

Uni FlatbushInvited by North Flatbush Ave BID, the Uni landed in Park Slope/Prospect Heights on a small strip of road which advocates hope will be pedestrianized someday. For an afternoon, we helped residents imagine the possibilities. We started the deployment on the shady side of the street, until one of our brighter (and colder) librarians suggested moving the Uni into the sun. Bingo—patrons streamed over and began reading. Advantage, portable library. Thanks to volunteers Kelly Blanchat, Meghan Dowell, Leigh Hurwitz, and Pascale Nijhof.

A year ago we set up the Uni on a strip of road in Queens with the Queens Museum. Today, that place is a thriving pedestrian plaza where we’ve created a pop-up reading room eight times. We’re keeping an eye on the triangle at Flatbush and 6th Avenue.

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North Flatbush Uni

North Flatbush Uni

North Flatbush Uni

North Flatbush Uni

North Flatbush Uni

Uni Volunteer Pascale

Uni Volunteer Pascale Nijhof with favorite titles. (Note gloves. Prepared librarian.)

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Superman kept coming back. Read books between dominating turns on the climbing wall.

Superman kept coming back. He read books between dominating turns on the climbing wall.

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North Flatbush Uni

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Andrew Steininger, VP Economic Development, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Sharon Davidson, Executive Director, North Flatbush Ave BID

Andrew Steininger, VP Economic Development, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce;
Sharon Davidson, Executive Director, North Flatbush Ave BID; and Leslie.

Hailing from Berkeley CA, Bernard Lo and Laurie Dornbrand stay connected with NYC by supporting the Uni and sending carefully chosen books, favorites that we put in the hands of NYC kids.

Hailing from Berkeley CA, Bernard Lo and Laurie Dornbrand stay connected with NYC by supporting the Uni and sending carefully chosen books, their favorites, which we put in the hands of NYC kids.

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North Flatbush Uni

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Uni Volunteer Kelly Blanchet completes Tangram puzzle, putting the learning in "books and learning."

Uni Volunteer Kelly Blanchat completes Tangram puzzle, putting the learning in “books and learning.”

Great volunteer effort today—thanks everyone for extending our season into late Fall!

Thanks Uni team for extending our season into late fall!

2 Responses to Reading books instead of parking cars along Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn

  1. laura November 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    i am very interested in doing a project like this in our town. where could i find instructions on building the mobile bookcase as well as those plastic seats?

    • Sam November 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      Great question! Right now, we’re capable of fabricating the kit for libraries and others, but we don’t have a set of executable plans that we can offer. To get there, we would need to invest in standardizing the fabrication process. Right now, we partner with a small group of designers/fabricators who have worked with us from the start. They help us refine and improve the design each time we fabricate. In the future, I can imagine widening this process via an open source design project, but that will take some time to plan and do well. Feel free to email us via the contact page on this site if you have more questions. Thanks!

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