Literary Lots: Literacy and Community Engagement

Literary Lots: Literacy and Community Engagement

Literary Lots is a Cleveland-based program that re-purposes abandoned spaces in order to bring art and literacy programs to the city’s kids in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library. This year’s Literary Lots effort brought together new partners and a fabulous under the sea theme.  Today, Felton Thomas Jr, CPL’s Director,...
An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

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 site today to share...
Featuring: Purgatory Pie Press

Featuring: Purgatory Pie Press

This post was originally featured on May 15, 2012. The Library as Incubator Project is pleased to feature this interview with Esther K. Smith and Dikko Faust, the founders of NYC-based Purgatory Pie Press. Here they answer some questions about their use of libraries, and how libraries can work even...
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–...
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Audio Storytelling at DC Public Library

Audio Storytelling at DC Public Library

DC Public Library has a new space for digital projects and some incredible folks working to connect people with one another, information, and the tools to tell their own stories. Peter Timko reached out to share the workshop series he’s developed, drawing on the library’s resources and his own skills in audio production.  Read on to learn more about...
Out of the Archives: The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman

Out of the Archives: The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman

This feature originally ran on August 7th, 2013. As someone who loves both reading and climbing trees, I was thrilled to come across The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman, an installation piece at the Cleveland Public Library which was inspired by mythical objects and symbols of knowledge. Today, Mark shares his inspiration and process. -Holly Library as...
Art at APL: Transforming a Neighborhood Branch into a Gallery Space

Art at APL: Transforming a Neighborhood Branch into a Gallery Space

A wonderful way that libraries can function as an incubator for the arts is by providing space for artists to show their work. This article from Albany (NY) Public Library presents a great example of how the library-as-gallery can bring a community and the arts together. Enjoy! ~ Laura by Deanna DiCarlo One of the best...
Linkubator Sunday Roundup | August 10 - 16

Linkubator Sunday Roundup | August 10 – 16

A little bit of housekeeping on the LAIP site this week, but with just as much internet awesome as usual.  What have you been up to? New features: Sort of a feature, sort of project news: We show off our experience last week at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN with our Art +...
Fantastic Friday: Penmanship Journals

Fantastic Friday: Penmanship Journals

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 Just a few days ago, I came across a blog post that highlighted a bunch of digitized penmanship journals.  Penmanship...
The Book to Art Club, Year 2!

The Book to Art Club, Year 2!

We at the LaIP spent most of our time at the ALA Annual Conference this summer talking about our Book to Art Club, and we’re so very excited to be back after a summer hiatus! This month’s featured title is Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead, which draws heavily on the work of Georges Seurat and his technique...
Type Rider II and a Poetry Picnic

Type Rider II and a Poetry Picnic

by Laura Damon-Moore This spring I was presented with a unique opportunity in my capacity as Assistant Director (with a focus on programming and outreach) for the small-but-mighty Eager Free Public Library in Evansville, Wisconsin. In 2013-2014 Evansville became home to fifteen Little Free Libraries as part of a family literacy partnership of the Evansville Community...
Art + Library Picnic with the LAIP

Art + Library Picnic with the LAIP

Last Thursday Katie and Laura from the Library as Incubator Project got to take the show on the road to the Twin Cities! The awesome staff at the Walker Art Center invited us to present a program at Open Field, the Walker’s summertime outdoor art venue and program series. Art “picnics” are popular with the...
Linkubator Sunday Roundup | August 3 - 9

Linkubator Sunday Roundup | August 3 – 9

Don’t be fooled by how quiet we’ve been the last few weeks.  We’re cooking up some good stuff for you, and we can’t wait to share it! New features: A perfect fit for the Book to Boogie series on incorporating movement into storytime: I Got the Rhythm! Project news: Our friend Erin Lorandos is seeking...
Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced coming this Sept!

Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced coming this Sept!

When this press release came through our inbox, I knew it was worth more than a tweet.  See if your library is participating, or ask your library to get in on the action! ~Katie From the website: Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced is a weeklong celebration to reconnect you with the creativity, technology, discovery and all...
Poetry in the Stacks - call for submissions!

Poetry in the Stacks – call for submissions!

by Laura Damon-Moore Today we’re excited to share a new web publication with you that features poetry inspired by libraries, many of them written by librarian-poets. Poetry in the Stacks is a new publication started by a friend of ours, Erin Lorandos, who contributed a kit to the Library as Incubator Project waaaay at the...
Book to Boogie: "I Got the Rhythm"

Book to Boogie: “I Got the Rhythm”

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...