A belated report from weekend #1 on the eve of weekend #2

ukeleles on the lake

Ukelele Librarians

Despite some logistical snags and a downpour, the first weekend of the Floating Library went off fairly well.

On the logistical side of things, I made a public art mistake of assuming that permission to tie up to the swimming area buoy granted to me last year by a teenaged summer employee of the parks system would stand this year. Not so. After being alternatively tied up to a weedy submerged dock for part of the afternoon, we finally moved into open waters for better visibility.  Luckily the wind blew us in the right direction to find the Library’s overnight docking spot. On Sunday we brought an anchor.

On the rain side of things, we learned that the Library’s rain plan is top notch. We got soaking wet but all the books stayed safe and dry in their plastic tubs.

Due to the rain, the patronage of the Library was slow overall, but we did greet several unexpecting boaters and checked out a few books.

A slew of excellent set-up crew and floating librarians, several of whom are actual librarians, were the key to the success of the first weekend.  Thank you Zvie, Molly B.R., Valentine, Sarah S., Timo, Ian, Kelly, Ally, Alicia, Molly P., and Caroline!

Here’s a tour in images of our first two days on the water.

 

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Launching this weekend! August 16 & 17

Library books

The long days and nights in the wood shop of the Hack Factory are coming to a close and the books are being organized. Ready or not the Floating Library goes into the water on Saturday morning.

The press has started to roll in. Vita.mn put up a nice piece and the test float + interviews with the three commissioned artists will be featured on Fox 9’s Morning Show with M.A. Rosko at the crack of dawn on Friday, August 15.

More process images to come. (We’ve been busy…) For now, here’s dear Emily and Jes who were so kind to help with Monday’s test float in the rain.

See you on the water!

test float