Curious and Curiouser: Eye-Popping Exhibition Demos

Curious and Curiouser: Eye-Popping Exhibition Demos

by Rebecca Hopman One of the most popular cases in the Curious and Curiouser exhibition at the Rakow Library revolves around glass eyes, and it’s easy to see why. People are fascinated by eyes – real or fake. Our case includes several eye-catching advertisements and a box with samples of...
DIALOGUE at the Cleveland Public Library

DIALOGUE at the Cleveland Public Library

by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster commissioned by LAND studio, Cleveland, OH Photos by: Bob Perkoski, Coryn Kempster, John Theobald In a time of political and social disunity, Dialogue, a temporary art installation in the Cleveland Public Library’s Eastman Reading Garden, brings together both friends and strangers. With their new public...
Curious and Curiouser: Romance in the Glasshouse

Curious and Curiouser: Romance in the Glasshouse

by Rebecca Hopman The Rakow Research Library’s current exhibition, Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library, explores themes of surprise, curiosity, and inspiration in the library. One of our main goals for the exhibition was to show the many ways the Rakow Library has been used as an...
Future Library Art Project in Oslo, Norway

Future Library Art Project in Oslo, Norway

By Bryan Voell Future Library is a monumental art project by Scottish artist Katie Paterson. Utilizing paper made from trees planted in an Oslo, Norway forest, one writer a year for a hundred years will contribute a text. These writings will not be read or published until the year 2114,...
How to Succeed in (the Public Library Online Local Music Collection) Business: Care  

How to Succeed in (the Public Library Online Local Music Collection) Business: Care  

by Kelly Hiser Rabble is a startup based in Madison, Wisconsin that builds online local music collections with public libraries. Our open-source platform, MUSICat, helps librarians connect with local musicians to collect, curate, license, and publish music. We work with an amazing group of library partners, in Edmonton, Madison, Nashville,...
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Partners in Art: Wells Public Library and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Partners in Art: Wells Public Library and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Today I am thrilled to share a conversation with Andrea Kazilionis from the Wells Public Library in Wells, Maine. Andrea fills us in on a partnership with the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, a local art museum. This is a great example of a library working closely with an arts institution to offer high-quality, expert...
#IArtLibraries | Queer Book Diorama Show at NYPL's Jefferson Market branch

#IArtLibraries | Queer Book Diorama Show at NYPL’s Jefferson Market branch

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in September 2014. Today, Rebecca Rubenstein interviews the curators of an exciting new show at the Jefferson Market branch of the NYPL, where community-minded artists regularly show their work.  Don’t miss Rebecca’s other posts on library-as-incubator happenings in the NYC area! ~Erinn by Rebecca Rubenstein. I recently spoke with the curators...
#IArtLibraries | Tiny Library Concerts at the Collegiate School

#IArtLibraries | Tiny Library Concerts at the Collegiate School

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in 2012. The Library as Incubator Project is pleased to feature Tiny Library Concerts, submitted by Allen Chamberlain, librarian at the Reed-Gumenick Library at the Collegiate School, a private K-12 school in Richmond, Virginia.  Tiny Library Concerts seems to be a prime example of how students and...
#IArtLibraries: Featuring: Charles Bane

#IArtLibraries: Featuring: Charles Bane

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in June 2014. Today I’m pleased to welcome Charles Bane, Jr. to the Library as Incubator Project. Mr. Bane is a poet whose work is influenced by literature, and for whom libraries have played an important role in the inspiration for and promotion of his...
#IArtLibraries | Get It Loud In Libraries – Amplifying Everything We Have Got

#IArtLibraries | Get It Loud In Libraries – Amplifying Everything We Have Got

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in January 2012. by Stewart Parsons, Get It Loud In Libraries Manager, Lancashire County Council. Libraries are utterly thrilling places. At least they ought to be. They should wow the pants off people. All that free stuff. All that culture.  All that poetry to woo...
#IArtLibraries | Make It @ Your Library: a maker resource with librarians in mind

#IArtLibraries | Make It @ Your Library: a maker resource with librarians in mind

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in November 2013. by Katie Behrens I was so excited this summer at ALA 2013 to hear that Instructables, a maker-themed online database/website, was going to be “pairing up” with librarians to sift and winnow the best maker projects for libraries.  That project is now...
Late @ the Library: Ultimate Maker Party

Late @ the Library: Ultimate Maker Party

by Ann Miller, Makerspace Coordinator at Mead Public Library Imagine a gorgeous Friday evening in July.  You’ve just finished your long work week, and you are ready to mingle with friends and relax.  Where do you go? To our complete delight, the answer turned out to be Mead Public Library.  For months we planned our...
#IArtLibraries | Music History: The Chuck Brown /Go-Go Archive at DC Public Library

#IArtLibraries | Music History: The Chuck Brown /Go-Go Archive at DC Public Library

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in August 2012. by Erinn Batykefer As any music buff knows, a light went out this past May when Chuck Brown, the “godfather of Go-go,” died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 75.  Go-go is something of a DC phenomenon; the genre developed...
Strictly Analog | Developing a Gaming Program at your Library

Strictly Analog | Developing a Gaming Program at your Library

by Kristy Bowen Gaming and libraries are often a perfect match.  As community gathering spots, libraries offer ample opportunities for members to come together, both for social interaction and intellectual stimulation.  Resources and collections fill a great supporting role for games like trivia nights and scavenger hunts.   In addition, collections of circulating games, be they...
Culinary Arts Programming at the Johnson County (KS) Library

Culinary Arts Programming at the Johnson County (KS) Library

By Bryan Voell Curious about the intersection between the culinary arts and the library? Look no further than Johnson County (KS) Library’s An Edible Discussion program series. Launched in 2014 by Information Specialist Caitlin Perkins at JCL’s Corinth Library branch, this unique monthly series has only grown in popularity over the last three years, bringing...
#IArtLibraries | Book Dominoes at New Lynn War Memorial Library

#IArtLibraries | Book Dominoes at New Lynn War Memorial Library

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in October 2013. Today we feature a super-cool, super-fun young adult program sent to us by Rachel Widerstrom, a librarian at the Auckland (NZ) Libraries’ New Lynn War Memorial Library branch. The Book Domino program was inspired by a challenge put to New Zealand librarians...
A Romance on Three Legs: The Ivory Archives

A Romance on Three Legs: The Ivory Archives

by Matt Finch Is a library just a machine for communities to make knowledge? From books to 3D printers, telescopes, or musical instruments, today’s institutions host collections and programs which inspire and empower people to create their own understanding and their own responses to the universe of knowledge, culture, and experience. Putting so much computing...