Uprise BooksBooks are powerful. When books are banned or challenged in America (which happens more often than you might think), they end up feeling even more powerful. And interesting. And tempting to read.

The Uprise Books Project, fellow Innovations in Reading Prize winners, takes advantage of this, and they use banned books to draw teens into reading. We’re pleased to announce that Uprise has donated an outstanding mini-collection of banned and challenged books to the Uni pop-up reading room. They’ve also included a reference text to help our librarians answer questions from New Yorkers about banned books.

Thanks Uprise, Uprise founder Justin Stanley, and the National Book Foundation for introducing us to each other. This collaboration reminds me why I love this work—I can’t think of a better monument for New York City public space than a tower of banned books. I’ll be proud to put these books into the hands of New York kids for years to come.

Keep banning folks. New York will keep reading.


Uni Banned Books

Uni Banned Books

We're getting a "new" name... Street Lab.

The Uni Project is the work of Street Lab, a nonprofit launched in 2006 in Boston, where we created community-oriented programs for public space. In 2011, we migrated Street Lab to New York City and launched the Uni Project. The Uni began as a single, portable reading room and has since grown into a city-wide initiative offering more than 700 days of pop-up programming in 150+ public spaces across the city. In 2019, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.

For now, details about our programs are available here on the Uni Project web site. Soon, that content will move to www.streetlab.org. Thanks for sticking with us!