Public Demesne: Using Archival Images to raise funds

Public Demesne: Using Archival Images to raise funds

by Allana Mayer The Concept In early January 2016, I started a fundraiser for the Society of American Archivists Mosaic Scholarship, which was made to encourage diverse entrants into the field. I wanted to contribute, but didn’t have money to spare. Instead, I created a print-on-demand store with Society6 to sell...
Idea Exchange: Building a Sustainable Program Suite

Idea Exchange: Building a Sustainable Program Suite

by Jaime Griffis, Director, Programming and Promotion, Idea Exchange Idea Exchange supports and inspires our community in the exploration of reading, arts, innovation and learning. One of the ways in which we strive to create an environment of curiosity and discovery is through our dynamic programming for children and teens. In...
First Contact: Why Websites Matter to Creative Libraries

First Contact: Why Websites Matter to Creative Libraries

Today, we hear from Sharon Wolff, who has a unique perspective on a practical element of building a creative library: making a good impression online! If you want to bring creatives through your door, begin with a well-designed website. ~Erinn by Sharon Wolff This blog is all about using libraries and...
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Tim Youd and the 100 Novels Project

Tim Youd and the 100 Novels Project

This profile first appeared on the LAIP in 2015. Tim Youd is still performing his 100 Novels project. Learn more at timyoud.com. Today we present a conversation with Tim Youd, a visual and performance artist who is currently working on a fascinating project to retype 100 novels–obviously a performance piece that is very intriguing to...
Ark: immersive short story shows in library spaces

Ark: immersive short story shows in library spaces

It’s our pleasure to welcome Ellen Wiles, founder of Ark Short Stories, to the site today, to talk about her project to bring short stories to life–in library spaces, of course! Read on! ~Laura by Ellen Wiles What happens when short stories spring out of their pages, join hands with dance, sound, live music, film and...
Friday Linkubator Roundup

Friday Linkubator Roundup

Hello dear friends! It’s been busy in our library world, so today I have a giant roundup of awesomeness for you to enjoy! On the site: A look at why websites matter to creative libraries offers some tips for your web presence! An update from the Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland, Australia....
Incubate Creativity at Your Library Webinar

Incubate Creativity at Your Library Webinar

Hello all! We have a fabulous free webinar coming up through WebJunction. Join us for Incubate Creativity at Your Library on Tuesday April 19, 2016, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EST. We’ll share program and partnership ideas, plus talk about creativity in general and how to facilitate a space for creative thinking and experimenting to take hold,...
Design of the Picture Book

Design of the Picture Book

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in 2014. Design of the Picture Book continues to be one of our favorite resources, which is why we’re thrilled to re-share this great blog today! by Angela Terrab The best book authors push boundaries, and in the realm of picture books, a lot of this exploration happens...
"Library Yarns" at Falmouth Public Library

“Library Yarns” at Falmouth Public Library

This fun feature comes to us from Faith Lee, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library in Falmouth, MA. Love how this community program led to a colorful art installation that all public library visitors can enjoy! ~Laura The Library is Transformed with Kniffiti! You have to see it to believe it.  The library is bedecked...
Book to Boogie: "Little White Rabbit"

Book to Boogie: “Little White Rabbit”

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: Shadow Play

PAGES TO PROJECTS: Shadow Play

by Rebecca Dunn  With spring comes more daylight hours, which means we get to see our shadows more often over the next several weeks! There are many entertaining children’s books that explore light and shadows (see list below), but one standout storytime winner is The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers. Rabbit finds himself in the...
Featuring: Ebony Tusks

Featuring: Ebony Tusks

by Bryan Voell What happens when libraries and the hip-hop world intersect ?  In late 2015, Martinez Hillard, front-man for the Lawrence, Kansas, hardcore hip-hop trio Ebony Tusks, was asked to contribute an original poem for a video project promoting the role Kansas libraries play in the lives of those who use and are inspired...
Creative in Residence at State Library of Queensland, Australia

Creative in Residence at State Library of Queensland, Australia

This year we have the distinct pleasure of hosting updates from Dr. Matt Finch, with whom we’ve worked on a number of LAIP features, as he serves as Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland, Australia. He’s working to support the work that State Library staff do to plan and implement large-scale cultural...
Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden: We Popped!

Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden: We Popped!

by Suzy Waldo We did it! And it was spectacular. The community response was phenomenal. I watched so many people pull over just to take pictures of my branch. It was such a pleasure telling them (and seeing their surprise) that were 16 more libraries where they could see installations. The Instagram hashtag “popdesfleurs” blew up...
Linkubator Roundup

Linkubator Roundup

Hello dear creative folks! We’ve got some great links for you today! On the site: Experience a day in the life of a teen writing group. Mover & Shaker Colleen Graves shares her school library makerspace! Read about the final chapter of the SPINE Festival! In other news: School Library Journal and Scholastic are looking...