Taking a Leaf Out of the International Development Book, The Bronx Gets Pop Up Library
There have been pop up stores and pop up restaurants around the city, but for the first time, there's now a pop-up library. NY1's Erin Clarke filed this report.
It's not your typical library. In fact, it comes packed up in this box.
In less than 20 minutes, it can be assembled into a thousand square foot open-air reading and learning center with chairs, tables, e-readers, a movie screen and projector, books and games, and laptops and tablets connected to the internet by satellite.
"Young people and families can come and read. They can make things. They can make films. They can respond to their community. They can tell their stories," says Tim Lord, who co-founded DreamYard.
The kit is called the Ideas Box and it will be assembled each day at Hayden Lord Park in Morris Heights through August.
Giving kids an easy opportunity to use a library and the Internet throughout the summer.
"What tends to happen is that once June comes, we put away all the technology, they go home and by the time they come back in September, they're at a loss and so this is an opportunity to close that achievement gap," says Robert Mercedes, principal of MS 390.
Bringing the pop up library to this part of the bronx was a collaboration among several organizations and the New York Public Library. In addition to giving kids and others in the community easy access to a library, it's hoped the experience will steer them towards the local brick and mortar branch.
"The people say where can I continue doing things I'm doing here in the park. Let's go to the local branch of the public library," says Ideas Box designer Philippe Starck.
It's the first Ideas Box in the U.S. The tool was originally created as a form of aid for refugees.
"Our first went in Birundi and had amazing success. We put another one in Jordan for refugees from Syria," says Alexander Soros, founder of the Alexander Soros Foundation.
The Ideas Box is expanding, being placed on five continents, soon being sent to aborigines in Australia.
"They can see how the Ideas Box is a compliment to traditional libraries who cannot move of course in the middle of a forest or area where you don't have a stable building there," Starck says.
Taking the library out of its walls and putting it in communities that need it most.
To support Idea Box becoming permanent, visit http://igg.me/at/IdeasBox.