Our agenda for NYC: create an urban environment that supports reading and learning
- Create new, innovative access points for reading and learning. In too many neighborhoods, books and opportunities to read and learn outside of school are scarce. Resources are also out-of-sight, behind walls. Despite three large public library systems, parents tell us that they don’t have enough access to books, library spaces are not always appealing or available, and kids become restless and bored inside. The Uni Project partners with nonprofit community groups all over the city as well as with the city’s libraries to provide low-cost, efficient access points to books where people already gather. Our pop-up reading rooms make learning visible and provide opportunities to read in an appealing, social environment that is integrated with other activities happening on the street. For example, see our work providing pop-up reading rooms to NYC play streets to help prevent “summer slide.”
- Improve public space by offering meaningful, noncommercial activities that the public truly appreciates. Thanks in great part to NYC DOT, NYC has many new public spaces. Community groups across the city, such as the Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services Corp, in Ozone Park, Queens, are looking for ways to put these new public spaces to good use. What we put at street-level matters, and New Yorkers care about reading, learning, and education. The Uni Project transforms public space into a place where the value of reading and learning is recognized, promoted, and shared.
- Strengthen community by offering an amenity that lets New Yorkers gather and connect. In the years ahead, our city will be even more dense, with space even more expensive, and daily human relations increasingly mediated through technology. The Uni recalls a past when we gathered around to hear the news, absorb a story, or learn a skill from another person, and gives us a new place to do what we’ve done throughout history—gather together and be better for it.
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