Submit your stories of "Inclusive Creativity" to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

Submit your stories of “Inclusive Creativity” to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

We at believe libraries are a place to connect and create. Since we launched in 2011, the Library as Incubator Project has worked to share inspiring stories of how libraries can bring communities together around the shared experience and practice of creativity– whether through formal arts or craft programs, makerspaces, or...
Featuring visual artist Alisa Ochoa

Featuring visual artist Alisa Ochoa

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work  Alisa Ochoa (AO): I am a visual artist who occasionally hacks together printed objects. I am not trained as a book binder or printmaker, but I am an admirer of the craft. I learned on the...
The Labs @ CLP: The Music Department Gets Seriously Synthesized

The Labs @ CLP: The Music Department Gets Seriously Synthesized

  by Tara Goe The Music Department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh celebrated its 75th anniversary a few years back. It’s recognized as one of the largest and most diverse music collections housed in a public library, offering everything from books and music scores, to sound recordings, periodicals, as...
Featuring Book Artist Ioulia Akhmadeeva

Featuring Book Artist Ioulia Akhmadeeva

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work. Ioulia Akhmadeeva (IA): I was born in 1971 in Krasnodar, Russia. Now I live and work in Mexico as a visual artist, working in printmaking and artist’s books. My artistic production consists in 95 group exhibitions...
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Featuring: VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia, Poet and Painter

Featuring: VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia, Poet and Painter

Today we feature VersAnnette Blackman, a visual artist, poet, and facilitator from the Chicago, IL area, who talks with us about her work, her own relationship to libraries, and what it means to show her work in a public library today. Her response to our question, “What does your ideal library look like” is worth...
Writing Consults at Whistler Public Library

Writing Consults at Whistler Public Library

Today’s feature comes to us from Jeanette Bruce, Program Coordinator at Whistler Public Library in Whistler, British Columbia. Jeanette coordinates a program for the library (in partnership with Simon Fraser University) called SFU Writing Studio’s Writing Consults. These free one-on-one consultations provide local writers with the opportunity to talk with a professional writer about their...
Featuring: Aileen Bassis

Featuring: Aileen Bassis

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in February 2016. Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work. Aileen Bassis (AB): I’ve always made art. I remember fixing up other children’s pictures when I was in kindergarten and pleaded with my mother for extra art lessons when I...
Loading the Cannons: Guest Authors at Teen Writing Groups

Loading the Cannons: Guest Authors at Teen Writing Groups

This post was first published on February 19, 2015.  This is a post written by Heather Dickerson, Teen Services Librarian for the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, Montana. In her series for the LAIP, “Loading the Cannons,” Heather tackles the question “what to do with young adults in a creative writing workshop?” Enjoy! ~ Laura...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of February 5th

Linkubator Roundup: Week of February 5th

Another shit week in the news! Hooray! [wild sarcasm]. On the upside, we have real stories of exciting programs, artists, and collections that are already helping us fulfill our promise to bring you stories about #InclusiveCreativity in 2017.  Use them to make your library better– it’s the last truly democratic space, and you can keep...
Featuring: The Free Instrument Lending Library (FRILL)

Featuring: The Free Instrument Lending Library (FRILL)

Today we are super thrilled to host Patty Conway from Girls Rock! RVA (Richmond, Virginia) to give us the scoop on FRILL (The Free Instrument Lending Library, which is a very cool collaboration between Girls Rock! RVA and the Richmond Public Library. Enjoy! ~Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Please give us a rundown of FRILL and...
CHP in the Stacks: The Givens Collection

CHP in the Stacks: The Givens Collection

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in February 2016. Today’s feature is brought to us by Jay Peterson from Coffee House Press’ CHP in the Stacks, the publishing company’s creative-in-residence program. One of their most recent residencies is with the Givens Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota. Part of the...
Linkubator Roundup, Week of January 29, 2017

Linkubator Roundup, Week of January 29, 2017

This week, I found that even when my Pennsylvania senators’ mailboxes were full (deliberately left full, it seemed), I could still fax their offices.  Conveniently, FaxZero has a link on their homepage for sending free faxes to your senators and representatives. A connection online assured me that in his experience working for a senator, every...
Archive / Improv by Paul Sunday at Mid-Manhattan Library

Archive / Improv by Paul Sunday at Mid-Manhattan Library

Today’s feature comes to us from visual artist Paul Sunday, whose exhibition titled Archive / Improv is installed in The Picture Collection at the NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library. Thanks to Mid-Manhattan Library’s Curator and Art Librarian Arezoo Moseni for her help in assembling this feature. ~Laura A visit to the library, a solo exhibition by Paul Sunday...
Book to Boogie: "Bunny Slopes"

Book to Boogie: “Bunny Slopes”

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...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 22 2017

Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 22 2017

Being a librarian is a political act– one that takes as its identity radical inclusivity, and which strives to help everyone in a community meet their information needs. It values accurate information and free and open access for everyone. These values are under attack in the most blatant way we’ve seen in our lifetimes, but it’s facile...
Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in January 2016.  by Suzy Waldo After over a decade of working in libraries, I have embraced the idea that sometimes the best projects happen totally by accident. Early in January 2015, my friend and fellow South Side Community Council member Jennifer Holliman asked me if Carnegie Library of...