Featuring: Independent bookbinder, Yohana Doudoux

Featuring: Independent bookbinder, Yohana Doudoux

Handbound books are artworks, and we love learning from bookbinders how they interpret the contents of a book in the cover.  Yohana Doudoux’ approach is nuanced and lovely– and her vision for an ideal library is a treat!  Enjoy. ~Erinn Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit...
smARTpass: Checking out arts and cultural programming

smARTpass: Checking out arts and cultural programming

Minnesota-based MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) launched a new program in September that provides equitable access for their users to a wide variety of local arts and cultural programs and events. SmARTpass is an online portal of arts and culture offers, posted by arts organizations ranging from history museums to...
Fighting Back: Submit your stories of "Inclusive Creativity" to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

Fighting Back: 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...
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Linkubator Roundup: Week of November 27, 2016

Linkubator Roundup: Week of November 27, 2016

Wait– it’s December?  Already?  Yes friends, 2016 is drawing to a close, but there’s still plenty of enlightening and exciting arts + library goodness to cram into the end of the year. And don’t forget our open call for stories about #InclusiveCreativity! We’re working on our features for 2017 already, and with your help, we’ll be...
Welcome to Bronzeville at Milwaukee Public Library

Welcome to Bronzeville at Milwaukee Public Library

I am always on the lookout for interesting collaborations between libraries and performing arts groups. This example, inspired by Welcome to Bronzeville by First Stage and hosted by the Milwaukee Public Library, really captures the way that performing artists can create a hands-on and interactive experience for youth in the library. ~Laura Workshop description (from Milwaukee...
Guitar Lending Collection at Licking County Library

Guitar Lending Collection at Licking County Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in December 2014. by Laura Damon-Moore Licking County (OH) Library card holders can now check out a guitar from the library! The new guitar collection launched in mid-December, Barbary Sanderson tells us, and there’s already a waitlist forming on the six guitars. Barbary, who is a Teen Services...
Artist at Work Program at Kitchener Public Library

Artist at Work Program at Kitchener Public Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in December 2015. Today we welcome Stephanie Schmalz from Kitchener Public Library in Kitchener, Ontario, to the site to share some information about the library’s Artist at Work demonstration program. This program, which has been part of the library’s programming collection for fourteen years, is a great example...
The Labs @ CLP: The relationships that connect youth and libraries

The Labs @ CLP: The relationships that connect youth and libraries

Sienna Cittadino began her work at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh a couple of years back as a volunteer during Labs programming at CLP – East Liberty. She immediately displayed an easy-going way of interacting with youth and working alongside them as they explored their creative side, which helped her to get the job as Labs...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of November 13, 2016

Linkubator Roundup: Week of November 13, 2016

Hail, Incubator friends! It’s Friday again, which means it’s time to review the best of the creative internet and re-visit the library-as-incubator stories we shared on the site this week.  If you know of library/arts programs that aim to engage and support marginalized or at-risk communities in the post-election atmosphere, please check out our Call for...
Make It Take It Kits at Meridian District Library

Make It Take It Kits at Meridian District Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in November 2014. If you’ve heard us speak at a conference or staff training, you know that the LAIP team is big on finding innovative ways to facilitate maker activities and programs even if your library does not have a traditional, permanent “makerspace.” Meridian District Library in Idaho...
Temple University Libraries’ Artist-in-Residence Series: Fallen Fruit's Endless Orchard

Temple University Libraries’ Artist-in-Residence Series: Fallen Fruit’s Endless Orchard

In this, the third and final guest blog in Nicole Restaino’s series on Temple University Libraries’ artist-in-residency program, we get an exciting sneak-peek at the cross-campus collaboration they have planned for the end of the year with the artist collective Fallen Fruit. Enjoy! ~Erinn by Nicole Restaino As 2016 draws to a close, the team at Temple...
What now? Post-election Linkubator Roundup: Week of November 7th 2016

What now? Post-election Linkubator Roundup: Week of November 7th 2016

  Hello, friends.   It will come as no surprise that this week was disheartening and frightening in equal measure for us here at the Incubator.   We founded our project in 2010, and for the last six years, we’ve been working to share your stories of the exciting, empowering things that can happen at...
NaNoWriMo at Morse Institute Library

NaNoWriMo at Morse Institute Library

Happy National Novel Writing Month! To celebrate, we’re featuring a handful of libraries to hear what they have going for writers in their communities this month. Today we hear from Shannon Astolfi, who works in the Reference Department at the Morse Institute Library in Natick, MA. Shannon gives us a breakdown of the programs on...
Sharing Art Created in Juvenile Justice Spaces

Sharing Art Created in Juvenile Justice Spaces

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in November 2014. Kelly Hiser is back on the site today to share more info on sharing community created content a the library– this time taking a closer look at teen artwork generated in juvenile justice programs. Be sure to take a look at the Terms of Service documents...
Erased from FYE: Designing a First Year Experience Mobile Game at Pearsall Library

Erased from FYE: Designing a First Year Experience Mobile Game at Pearsall Library

by Ian Boucher  When I started my first part-time library job at North Carolina Wesleyan College, one of my duties was to create video tutorials introducing library users to the website and topics like plagiarism and scholarly journals. As I learned about user motivation and engagement during my MLIS program, I became interested in video...