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Pop-Up Library

This month’s pop-up library explores the magic of architecture and design in partnership with Open House New York! Please join us for a family-friendly afternoon at our pop-up library featuring a curated book selection around architecture and design, with help from Roosevelt Island Librarian Jennifer Minehardt, and hands-on activities from the ACE Mentor Program that teach children (and adults!) about architecture and design. We'll have arts & crafts activities that encourage participants to observe, explore, and design together, lawn games, and other fun surprises!

The Pop-Up Library will visit the Park on:
Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19; Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 16; Saturday July 20 & Sunday, July 21; Saturday, August 17 & Sunday, August 18; Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22; Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20.


Open House New York provides broad audiences with unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of New York and to the people who help design, build, and preserve the city.

Through its year-round programs and the annual OHNY Weekend, Open House New York celebrates the best examples of design and planning throughout the five boroughs, from historic to contemporary, and helps foster a more informed conversation about how architecture and urban design sustain New York as a vibrant place to live, work, and learn. Open House New York is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.


The ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY is a free after-school program for high school students who want to learn about careers in Architecture, Construction, and/or Engineering.  Students are mentored by successful architects, construction managers, and engineers who meet as a team at mentors’ offices twice a month during the school year for two hours starting at 4:00 or 4:30PM.  Most teams consist of 15-30 students.  Team meeting locations are located throughout NYC, Long Island, and Westchester. Teams meet from late October through May.

Teams are organized like a real life project design team and include a developer/owner, an architectural firm, a construction management company, and engineering firms.  During the program, students learn what it is like to work in the design and  construction industry and develop a design project tailored to their interests. Sessions include hands-on activities, use of design software, office tours and field trips to construction/project sites. Students also build a model and present the design project with their teammates at the end of the year.

For more information, please visit their website at


The Uni Project is a nonprofit that brings learning opportunities to public space in New York City. Using custom-designed installations, the Uni Project pop ups in parks, plazas, and other public spaces to offer reading, drawing, and hands-on activities that let New Yorkers embrace the act of learning. The Uni Project partners with community organizations and city agencies, and we prioritize underserved locations.