Featuring: Chris Perry

Featuring: Chris Perry

Chris Perry’s extraordinary book art was what made us reach out, but his nuanced articulation of how he interacts with books–and his marvelous concept for an experiential library of artistic techniques– is equally fascinating.  Enjoy! ~Erinn Library as incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your...
Featuring: Hannah Brown

Featuring: Hannah Brown

We love book arts here at the Incubator, including the subtle work of bookbinders, whose art interacts with the content of the book itself. Today, Hannah Brown, an independent bookbinder in the UK, shares her work, her artistic process, and a vision for a lending library of bookbinding tools that is...
Engaging Student Stakeholders with Google Cardboard at Pearsall Library: Phase One

Engaging Student Stakeholders with Google Cardboard at Pearsall Library: Phase One

by Ian Boucher  Google Cardboard is a quick and cheap technology to implement in a library, and its implications are just as fascinating. We at North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Pearsall Library ushered in 2016 with a Google Cardboard demo space, reinforcing to our students the part they can play in...
Getting it out there: Putting art online

Getting it out there: Putting art online

by Sharon Wolff Art should be something for everyone to enjoy and simply putting it in a museum isn’t enough anymore. In my last post, I mentioned putting exhibits online, in whole or in part. This may seem counter-intuitive in terms of getting people to come in to see what...
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The Idea Studio at Fond du Lac Public Library

The Idea Studio at Fond du Lac Public Library

Today we’re thrilled to host Mel Kolstad, artist and library lover, who tells us about the brand new Idea Studio at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Enjoy! by Mel Kolstad After nearly three years of planning, grant writing and building, Idea Studio is finally a reality, and Fond du Lac has its very own...
“The Wesleyan Critics:” A Film Analysis Program Premieres at North Carolina Wesleyan College

“The Wesleyan Critics:” A Film Analysis Program Premieres at North Carolina Wesleyan College

by Ian Boucher  While Web 2.0 has brought out more voices, many others nevertheless remain spectators against the vast theater of bloggers whose posts are gospel, where deciphering experts from laypeople and all the biases and emotions in between is an afterthought.  Creativity begins with voice, and, whether through individual research or discussion, a library...
Backyard Concert Series at Anythink

Backyard Concert Series at Anythink

One of our favorite summer-y library program series is back; out of the archives comes this conversation with Stacie Ledden from Anythink Libraries about their Backyard Concert Series. Enjoy! We’re thrilled to present a conversation with Stacie Ledden, Director of Innovations and Brand Strategy at Anythink Libraries. In today’s post she talks about the library’s Backyard...
The Tiny Book Show on Summer Tour

The Tiny Book Show on Summer Tour

by Laura Damon-Moore A couple of years ago, I wrote about Maya Stein and Amy Tingle, a creative duo who founded the Creativity Caravan (formerly known as Food for the Soul Train), with a mission to “build community through creative action, and to deliver creative experiences to people everywhere.” In the summer of 2014, Amy...
An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

This post was originally published on August 14, 2014. Many libraries are finding ways to share community-created content and provide their patrons with access to exciting new writing, music, and art.  Not only do these efforts support local artists, they also create unique collections, many of them digital.  I’m excited to introduce Kelly Hiser to the...
Teen Bubbler: Showcasing Art Made by Young Adults

Teen Bubbler: Showcasing Art Made by Young Adults

One of the most documented programs on the LAIP is the Bubbler at Madison Public Library. We not only have a personal investment in the maker and creativity programming (Laura, Holly, and Erinn have all worked for Madison Public Library at some point in our careers!); we also view the multifaceted, partnership-based program as an...
Book to Boogie: "Jonathan and His Mommy"

Book to Boogie: “Jonathan and His Mommy”

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...
PAGES TO PROJECTS: Color Tamer Face Drawing

PAGES TO PROJECTS: Color Tamer Face Drawing

In a place where colors ran wild, there lived a girl who was wilder still. Her name was Swatch, and she was a color tamer. She was small, but she was not afraid. by Rebecca Dunn Open Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos (public library) and experience a stampede of color.  Young...
Wild Stainless by Winona Barton-Ballentine at Mid-Manhattan Library

Wild Stainless by Winona Barton-Ballentine at Mid-Manhattan Library

Today’s feature is another wonderful site-specific exhibition that was on at the Mid-Manhattan Library in NYC recently. Curator and Art Librarian Arezoo Moseni introduces us to artist Winona Barton-Ballentine, followed by an interview between the artist and Alessandro Teoldi, a writer for Paper Journal.  I met Winona Barton-Ballentine a few years ago when she and a...
New York: My City by William Carroll at Mid-Manhattan Library

New York: My City by William Carroll at Mid-Manhattan Library

Today’s feature comes to us from William Carroll, whose work is currently on view at the Art Collection of Mid-Manhattan Library of the New York Public Library. Special thanks to Arezoo Moseni, Senior Art Librarian at Mid-Manhattan Library, for coordinating this feature. From the NYPL website: The Art and Picture Collections present New York: My City,...
Featuring: Ander Monson

Featuring: Ander Monson

This post was originally published July 14, 2014. 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...
Friday Linkubator Roundup

Friday Linkubator Roundup

Busy summer? Here’s what you’ve missed in our neck of the…internet? On the site: Check out the 970West Studio at Mesa County Libraries. The Johnson County (KS) Library unveils their NEW MakerSpace! An update from the Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland, Australia. Have fun splashing puddles in the latest Book to Boogie! Getting it...