Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park


In 2002, with funds from the Ford Foundation, Life Frames, Inc. worked with the community to incorporate the A.L.L. Framework and develop a Master Planfor the 13 acre Southpoint open space directly across the East River from the United Nations.  The Conceptual Plan called for diverse features with integrated community programs and education opportunities.

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In addition to this Master Planning Process, the community wanted to begin a hands-on, Roosevelt Island Living Library Garden / Ecology / Multi-Arts / Nutrition / Literacy transformation program. Thus, the Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park was begun at PS/IS 217, greening the campus of the school and bordering streets. When construction scaffolding surrounded the School, a new RI Living Library & Think Park was started behind 504 Main Street, engaging the local schools and community. The RI Living Library & Think Park Program is funded by RIOC Public Purpose Fund.


RI Spirals

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We envision that all of Roosevelt Island can be A Living Library; showcasing the diverse resources and places linked together interactively, integrated with rich community programs – local and global.

RI Scenes 2

View Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park: Scenes and Accomplishments 2012-13

For more information, contact Bonnie Ora Sherk, Founder & Director of Life Frames, Inc. & A Living Library, at 

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