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Pop-Up Library: Architecture & Design Edition

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 by Roosevelt Island Librarian Jennifer Minehardt, and hands-on activities from the ACE Mentor Program that teach participants 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!

Free; registration recommended.


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. For more info visit


Each October, Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors to New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. From colonial to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances and other special events taking place over the course of the weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to fostering a more vibrant civic life and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York.

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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.