Literary Lots: Creating the Aquatic Lot

Literary Lots: Creating the Aquatic Lot

Literary Lots is back!  Last year, we showcased the first year of this Cleveland-based program, which re-purposes abandoned spaces in order to bring art and literacy programs to the city’s kids in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library. Today, we get the scoop on what went into designing this year’s lot from staff artist, Julia...
On View at the San Diego Public Library: Booked for the Evening

On View at the San Diego Public Library: Booked for the Evening

Kara West is the Arts and Culture Exhibition Manager at the San Diego Public Library. She returns to the Library as Incubator Project today with a new installment in our series on SDPL’s effort to create a civic center for art with their new Central library and their plans for an exhibition...
Book Craft at Greenfield Public Library

Book Craft at Greenfield Public Library

We’re delighted to welcome Hannah Fjeld to the site today to share a story about her effort to make exciting, cost-effective adult programs a reality at the Greenfield Public Library.  Read on to learn more about how she took discarded books and turned them into a successful workshop series! Cheers–...
Featuring: Ragnhildur Johanns

Featuring: Ragnhildur Johanns

We love book art here at the LAIP, and every once in awhile I like to mine the internet for all things book art, just to see what fabulous things can be made from discarded texts.  Today’s feature is Ragnhildur Johanns, a captivating artist I stumbled across on one such trip down the rabbit hole....
3rd Annual IT CAME FROM A BOOK Teen Art Contest (#ICFABArt)

3rd Annual IT CAME FROM A BOOK Teen Art Contest (#ICFABArt)

The Library as Incubator Project is proud to announce the 3rd Annual “It Came From a Book” Teen Art Contest!!! This awesome art contest for teens is in its 3rd year, and we are so excited!  Our amazing partners this year are: Teen Librarian’s Toolbox, EgmontUSA, and Zest Books - this project would not...
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Fantastic Friday: Beautiful, Vintage Book Covers

Fantastic Friday: Beautiful, Vintage Book Covers

Fantastic Friday is a bimonthly series wherein we dig up little treasure troves of digital collections and artistic resources on a single topic for your viewing pleasure.  Find your next favorite artistic inspiration here! ~Katie There are so, so, so many images of beautiful, vintage book covers on the internet (seriously, just Google it).  Here...
Out of the Archives: Playbods, an interactive art program for families

Out of the Archives: Playbods, an interactive art program for families

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in September 2012. The Library as Incubator Project is pleased to welcome Bryony Pritchard and Kim Glassby to the site today. Together Bryony and Kim form Playbods, a program that engages participants in exploring different art forms, from dance and movement to storytelling and visual...
Spark: Little Free Library #5

Spark: Little Free Library #5

Spark: Little Free Library is a post series that’s all about making art, making stories, even making performances based on Little Libraries. Some of our exercises and ideas are related to the stuff that’s in the Little Libraries. Others are tied to the libraries themselves. But either way, we hope you’ll find a Little Library close to you (or far!)...
Linkubator Sunday Roundup | July 20 - 26

Linkubator Sunday Roundup | July 20 – 26

Hello art + book lovers!  We’re back with some of our favorite finds of the week.  Hope you enjoy them and spread them around! New features: Musician & former librarian Brendan McCarty talks to us about his experience recording an album in the library. Writer Ander Monson is a self-proclaimed library-haunter.  Find out more in...
Bubbler in the Neighborhood Libraries

Bubbler in the Neighborhood Libraries

A new installment in our new series on The Bubbler at Madison Public Library!  We’ve worked closely with Trent Miller and the Bubbler crew as partners on their NEA Our Town grant, and we’re delighted to introduce this exciting programming model to the library world in a series of videos here and on out Library as Incubator...
Featuring: Ander Monson

Featuring: Ander Monson

Today I’m thrilled to present this interview with writer, publisher, and library-haunter Ander Monson. He’s here today to talk about his relationship to libraries, why he’s passionate about books as physical objects, and his intriguing new book project from Graywolf Press (forthcoming February 2015). Enjoy! ~ Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us about yourself. Who...
Featuring: Brendan McCarty & "The Periodicals"

Featuring: Brendan McCarty & “The Periodicals”

Today it’s my pleasure to welcome a local musician to the Library as Incubator Project! Brendan McCarty and his band, The Periodicals, relied heavily on library materials when they decided to undertake a home recording project. A School of Library & Information Studies graduate and a musician, Brendan’s perspective on libraries and how they can effectively serve...
Linkubator Sunday Roundup | July 13 - 19

Linkubator Sunday Roundup | July 13 – 19

A quiet week here.  Enjoy this shorter-than-normal Linkubator and tell us what delighted you this week! New features: We’re going to follow along with the new artists-in-residence at the Hazelwood Branch of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh over the next few months.  Meet artists Edith Abeyta and Darnell Chambers! The excellent Amy Koester finished her series...
Show Me STEAM: Constellation Guidebooks

Show Me STEAM: Constellation Guidebooks

Guest blogger Amy Koester of The Show Me Librarian blog returns with the very last post in her monthly series!  This series focuses on weaving STEM principles and concepts into the arts & crafts programs youth services librarians are already doing.  We want to say a great big THANK YOU to Amy for all of her wonderful and inspiring...
Out of the Archives: The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Out of the Archives: The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in July 2012. The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection consists of over 150,000 maps, focusing on 18th and 19th century North and South America and including atlases, globes, maritime charts and other materials.  Of those 150,000 items, about 32,000 of the maps have been digitized...
Artist Residency at CLP Hazelwood Branch

Artist Residency at CLP Hazelwood Branch

Today we are so pleased to welcome artist Edith Abeyta to the Library as Incubator Project. Edith and her collaborator, Darnell Chambers, are just beginning a year as artists-in-residence at the Hazelwood branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Edith and Darnell will document their residency with quarterly posts for the Incubator Project. Enjoy! ~ Laura by...
Linkubator Sunday Roundup | July 6 - 12

Linkubator Sunday Roundup | July 6 – 12

We are back in the swing of things, bringing you as much art & library content as we can.  Check out some of our favorite things in the links below. New features: Hey storytimers – the picture book “Here Are My Hands” is a perfect way to get kiddos into motion!  This month’s Book to...