Begun Summer 2021, ongoing.
View the catalog of books passing through the Summer Library, here (where you can also visit our permanent collections).
please follow the link for details on each intervention
July 30 - August 13
August 14 - 28, 2021
August 29 - September 12, 2021
September 17- October 3, 2021
October 5 - 24, 2021
October 29 - November 14, 2021
July - September 3, 2022
September 16 to November 5, 2022
November 11 to TBD
Street Road's Summer Library project is an ongoing meditation on library collections and reading tendencies, with a specific focus on our own Little Free Library 19330.
Artists and writers and others are invited to become Librarians for a time, using our changing collections as a base material with which to create their own interpretations of the ever-changing Library. Participants arrange and rearrange the shelves and the space according to any system (or non-system) of their choosing.
The Little Free Library started as a one square foot box with a dozen books and soon grew into a five hundred square foot storefront by the side of Route 41, a few miles north of our main site. Since opening day in 2018, it has seen thousands of books come and go, from those donated by local residents, to many mailed in from around the globe.
With this project we take time to reflect on the shape shifting nature of this collection, which can seem to have a tidal quality: books flow in and out, sometimes sitting on the shelves for years, sometimes zipping back out the door in days, or even hours.
At our primary exhibition space, the Summer Library project extension functions as a little free library, and at the same time is a place for thinking about informal librarianships in little free libraries everywhere, and about the particular ebb and flow of books in our locale.
Join us as we catalogue the weather of the library over time.
NOTE: These orderings and dis-orderings are documented and updated regularly online, and we hope you will come by and browse, in person or virtually. Click the individual Librarians' names at left to visit their individual interventions.