l to r: Nina Alflen, Julie Kim, Jessie Bi
Justen Siyuan Waterhouse

How to Organize a Public Library Instruction

A walking tour of our collective libraries, hidden behind locked doors. To get your library card and/or go on a walking tour, come to the Jacob Lawrence Gallery and fill out your contact info. If you are trapped behind a pile of books and cannot get to the Jake, email howtoorganizeapubliclibrary@gmail.com the deadline for signing up is November 30th.


If you want to participate in a walking tour of people’s hidden home libraries and be willing to show your library to people who you most likely don’t know (yet). Please fill out information (your contact info will ONLY be used to organize walking tours).


Please fill out an index card and give to the gallery attendant.

Step two: PINS

Please pin on the map where you live (where your home library is). The pins will act as way to show the possible new network of books-- -our new PUBLIC LIBRARY. We will start to see the possible paths of the walking tours.

Step three: STRING

On November 30th , I will connect some of the pins with string and this will become the path of the walking tour.

Step four: CONTACT

I will contact people who have said yes and are part of the path via call or email the week after November 30 th . Each walk will be 4-5 people's libraries and 5-6 extra people who signed up but lived in an unpopulated (of pins) area.

Step five: DATES

The walking tour will take place on December 10 th (Saturday) at noon.

Assistant Professor, 3D4M: ceramics + glass + sculpture (since 2015)

How to Organize a Public Library, 2016
Participatory artwork

Swaine was originally trained as a ceramicist, but he works in a variety of materials, methods, and media and has had a long-time focus on collaborative work—in particular with Future Farmers, a group of researchers, designers, farmers, scientists, engineers, and illustrators with a common interest in creating work that challenges current social, political and economic systems. How to Organize a Public Library invites you to participate in forging pathways in the city as a way to create access and connectivity.

What is a public library? An aggregation of books that are open to the public or an aggregation of books among the public? How can we get access to the latter version of public library?