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Floating Library sets sail for just two more weekends this summer

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Reading and enjoying the land of 10,000 lakes couldn't get any easier.

The Floating Library has returned, this year residing on Lake Phalen in St. Paul.

The experimental public art project, now in its fourth year, was created by Twin Cities artist Sarah Peters, the project's website explains.

Voracious readers can paddle out to the library to read over 100 books, including originals commissioned specifically for the Floating Library by four artists: Aaron Johnson-Ortiz, Caitlin Warner, Tou Yia Xiong and Martine Workman

And don't worry – the books are stored in water-safe plastic sleeves.

The project launched in the middle of July, and will be floating just this weekend and the weekend of August 6 and 7 before it is over for this year.

The Floating Library is a custom-made raft that houses bookshelves and a staff that gives reading recommendations.

Canoes, kayaks, paddles boards and other small watercraft are invited to join. Swimming is possible, but as the website notes, swimmers are not allowed to climb onto the library raft.

Weather permitting, the Floating Library will be open from 1 to 7 p.m.

Readers who show up this weekend between 1 and 3 p.m. will catch music by Sarah Stengle who joins the Floating Library in a kayak with her kantele, which is a small handmade harp.

Stengle is a St. Paul-based artist whose laminated books have been part of the Floating Library since 2013.

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