Future Library Art Project in Oslo, Norway

Future Library Art Project in Oslo, Norway

By Bryan Voell Future Library is a monumental art project by Scottish artist Katie Paterson. Utilizing paper made from trees planted in an Oslo, Norway forest, one writer a year for a hundred years will contribute a text. These writings will not be read or published until the year 2114,...
How to Succeed in (the Public Library Online Local Music Collection) Business: Care  

How to Succeed in (the Public Library Online Local Music Collection) Business: Care  

by Kelly Hiser Rabble is a startup based in Madison, Wisconsin that builds online local music collections with public libraries. Our open-source platform, MUSICat, helps librarians connect with local musicians to collect, curate, license, and publish music. We work with an amazing group of library partners, in Edmonton, Madison, Nashville,...
Introducing the Minneapolis Art Lending Library

Introducing the Minneapolis Art Lending Library

by Amelia Foster Founded in 2013, the Minneapolis Art Lending Library is a collection of about 110 pieces of original artwork that are available to the public for free, three-month loan periods. We aim to provide a new model for artists to showcase their work and build a following, while...
Featuring: Peter Erskine

Featuring: Peter Erskine

Today I’m happy to introduce Peter Erskine, an American installation artist who specializes in creating Solar Spectrum Environmental Artworks made from pure sunlight. Several of Peter’s works are installed at libraries in California and Oregon. Beyond his projects for libraries, and across the US, Erskine has installed artworks in the...
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Strictly Analog | Developing a Gaming Program at your Library

Strictly Analog | Developing a Gaming Program at your Library

by Kristy Bowen Gaming and libraries are often a perfect match.  As community gathering spots, libraries offer ample opportunities for members to come together, both for social interaction and intellectual stimulation.  Resources and collections fill a great supporting role for games like trivia nights and scavenger hunts.   In addition, collections of circulating games, be they...
Culinary Arts Programming at the Johnson County (KS) Library

Culinary Arts Programming at the Johnson County (KS) Library

By Bryan Voell Curious about the intersection between the culinary arts and the library? Look no further than Johnson County (KS) Library’s An Edible Discussion program series. Launched in 2014 by Information Specialist Caitlin Perkins at JCL’s Corinth Library branch, this unique monthly series has only grown in popularity over the last three years, bringing...
#IArtLibraries | Book Dominoes at New Lynn War Memorial Library

#IArtLibraries | Book Dominoes at New Lynn War Memorial Library

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in October 2013. Today we feature a super-cool, super-fun young adult program sent to us by Rachel Widerstrom, a librarian at the Auckland (NZ) Libraries’ New Lynn War Memorial Library branch. The Book Domino program was inspired by a challenge put to New Zealand librarians...
A Romance on Three Legs: The Ivory Archives

A Romance on Three Legs: The Ivory Archives

by Matt Finch Is a library just a machine for communities to make knowledge? From books to 3D printers, telescopes, or musical instruments, today’s institutions host collections and programs which inspire and empower people to create their own understanding and their own responses to the universe of knowledge, culture, and experience. Putting so much computing...
#IArtLibraries | Featuring: Brian P. Hall

#IArtLibraries | Featuring: Brian P. Hall

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in October, 2011. Brian P. Hall received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his fiction and essays have appeared in the Palo Alto Review, Lullwater Review, The G.W Review, Exquisite Corpse, Shadowbox, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. How do you...
#IArtLibraries | Page to Stage: Revisiting a Revolution

#IArtLibraries | Page to Stage: Revisiting a Revolution

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in June 2013. It’s summer “vacation” for us here in the States, and that means we’re fortunate enough to have Brandon Monokian return to the Incubator Project to guest blog about his wonderful Page to Stage series. This program, which brings works of literature to...
Book to Boogie: "ABC Yoga"

Book to Boogie: “ABC Yoga”

Book to Boogie is a monthly series that pairs picture books with dance and movement activities for preschool story time. The series is curated by Kerry Aradhya of Picture Books & Pirouettes and written by a different guest writer each month. We hope that children’s librarians, as well as classroom teachers and dance educators, will...
#IArtLibraries | Featuring: Sonnenzimmer

#IArtLibraries | Featuring: Sonnenzimmer

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in October, 2011. Sonnenzimmer is an art and screen print studio run by Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi.  The duo creates unique hand-crafted posters, books and music-packaging in their Chicago studio.  They took our survey in the summer of 2011. How do you identify yourself...
#IArtLibraries | Featuring: Trong Gia Nguyen

#IArtLibraries | Featuring: Trong Gia Nguyen

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in March 2017. Today, we’re delighted to feature Trong Gia Nguyen, and his impressive “Library” project– an installation that bends the idea of what a book is by  re-writing famous works word for word on rice grains. Don’t miss his fascinating concepts for the “ideal...
/five at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

/five at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Jenny Watts from the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens to the LAIP. Jenny shares information and insight with us about the /five series, a contemporary arts initiative designed to engage artists and the wider community with the Huntington’s collections in interesting ways. Enjoy! ~Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP):...
The Music Lab at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

The Music Lab at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Today we highlight a partnership between the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. These partners combine to offer the Music Lab at the library, an opportunity for patrons of all ages to see, hear, and feel real musical instruments, and interact with real professional musicians!...
RFQ: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library Grand Reading Room Ceiling Design

RFQ: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library Grand Reading Room Ceiling Design

We are pleased to publish this Request for Qualifications on behalf of the DC Public Library – please share widely! ~Laura Request for Qualifications (RFQ) District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL)  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library Grand Reading Room Ceiling Design Permanent Public Art Commission Deadline: August 31, 2017 Budget: To be determined, with...