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...
VR FOR ALL SEASONS!

VR FOR ALL SEASONS!

by Ayra Sundbom and Ian Boucher Virtual reality (VR) certainly has great entertainment value, but its educational accessibility offers an even greater advantage for eager, experimenting minds. VR can enhance and deepen the learner’s experience by taking students on journeys to impossible places, like the Moon, the respiratory system, or the...
New Year's Resolution: Submit your stories of "Inclusive Creativity" to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

New Year’s Resolution: 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...
"A Place Free of Judgement": Youth Taking Over UK Libraries

“A Place Free of Judgement”: Youth Taking Over UK Libraries

by Bryan Voell On Saturday, October 29, 2016, something very cool happened in three British public libraries. Capping off several months of ambitious partnerships, teen-centered workshops and arts-based collaborations, the late October event was both a celebration of libraries and an affirmation of the power of teenagers to redefine these...
Latest entries
The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library

The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library

We’ve chatted with the crew at Mid-Continent Public Library before, particularly for a series about their serial fiction project, “The Timely Adventures of Rachel Evans”. Today we’re talking with Andie Paloutzian, Story Center Program Manager, who fills us in on the fantastic suite of resources and programs for writers known as the Story Center. Thank...
Detour by Anne Wu at Mid-Manhattan Library

Detour by Anne Wu at Mid-Manhattan Library

Today’s feature comes to us from visual artist Anne Wu, whose work titled Detour is installed in The Corner Room at the NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library. Thanks to Curator and Art Librarian Arezoo Moseni for her help in assembling this feature. ~Laura by Anne Wu Situated in the street-level vitrines flanking the main entrance to the...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 8, 2017

Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 8, 2017

Top Features Get your boogie on in Storytime!  This week’s Book to Boogie features Little Cloud. We fell in LOVE with Katie Hudnall’s work for the Public Collection. Think large-scale, sculptural Little Free Library.  Virtual reality certainly has great entertainment value, but its educational accessibility offers an even greater advantage for eager, experimenting minds.  Check...
Featuring: The Public Collection & Katie Hudnall

Featuring: The Public Collection & Katie Hudnall

Today we have the pleasure of speaking with artist and educator Katie Hudnall, whose work caught my eye when I was exploring the designs that make up the Public Collection, a series of public art pieces (think large-scale Little Free Libraries) in Indianapolis. We spoke with Katie about her work and her relationship to libraries....
Book to Boogie: Little Cloud

Book to Boogie: Little Cloud

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 2, 2017

Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!  We’re glad to be ushering in 2017, not least because we have an important call for content on the website for this year.  We want to fill up this year’s Incubator with stories of libraries making space and building support for the marginalized in their communities– particularly people of color– through art...
Aesthetics of Research at Columbia College Library

Aesthetics of Research at Columbia College Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in December 2015. Today’s feature comes to us from Kristy Bowen, Co-Curator of the Aesthetics of Research project at Columbia College Library in Chicago. We were so excited to hear about this project, which explores the library as an incubator for creativity through exhibitions, events, and other “shenanigans”...
State Library of Queensland: Sing Me a Library

State Library of Queensland: Sing Me a Library

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. Today Matt fills us in on a number of music-focused, library-incubated projects and explores ways that libraries...
Our Favorite Things: Art & Activism

Our Favorite Things: Art & Activism

It’s time for a few Favorite Things posts, an annual series where we pull together a set of posts from the past year under a specific topic. To our minds, libraries are (and should be) activist spaces and we see the arts and creativity programming as one way to engage communities in meaningful, thought-provoking, and...
The Upper Worlds by Sue Willis at Mid-Manhattan Library

The Upper Worlds by Sue Willis at Mid-Manhattan Library

Today’s feature comes to us from visual artist Sue Willis, whose work titled The Upper Worlds is installed in The Corner Room at the NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library. Thanks to Curator and Art Librarian Arezoo Moseni for her help in assembling this feature! ~Laura by Sue Willis Located in The Corner Room, my exhibit is an expression...
"Recovering the Classics" at St. Ambrose University

“Recovering the Classics” at St. Ambrose University

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in December 2015. Today we hear from Malavika Shrikhande, who works in Cataloging at the St. Ambrose University Library in Davenport, Iowa. There is a new installation at SAU Library of newly redesigned book covers by students in a graphic design course at the university. Enjoy! ~Laura The...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of December 4, 2016

Linkubator Roundup: Week of December 4, 2016

We’ve got community-driven library programming, some beautiful images from old books, booty-shaking storytime plans, book apps, and lists of books with diverse characters this week– and more.  It’s like we’re a library or something… Enjoy! ~Erinn TOP FEATURES: This week we took a look back at one of our faves: The Book Images Collection from...