The Labs @ CLP: New Mentors and Training with Badges

The Labs @ CLP: New Mentors and Training with Badges

In the last few months we’ve experienced a complete turnover of our team of Labs Mentors. Two have moved on to full-time Teen Specialist gigs at weekly Labs locations (Jesse as a Teen Specialist at CLP – Main, Teen Department and Sienna as a Teen Librarian at CLP – Allegheny)...
Library Tips in Movie Clips

Library Tips in Movie Clips

by Ian Boucher I became a librarian to apply my knowledge and skills in media studies and production toward information literacy education. This semester, at a time when the importance of reliable information is more apparent than ever, I took a cue from popular online culture in the tradition of...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of March 4 - 10

Linkubator Roundup: Week of March 4 – 10

Welp, the NEA and the NEH are on the chopping block in the current budget bill in Congress.  Did we mention the utter idiocy of cutting necessary, creative economy-generating programs in order to salvage LITERALLY A FRACTION OF A PERCENT OF THE BUDGET? LIKE, .02%? That’s 46 cents per capita. And...
Libraries are for everyone: featuring Rebecca McCorkindale

Libraries are for everyone: featuring Rebecca McCorkindale

We first spoke with Rebecca a couple years ago about her artistic and creative endeavors, but we knew that we had to talk to her again once we saw her AMAZING Libraries are for Everyone images! Enjoy! -Holly LAIP: What has changed in your artistic or library life since the last...
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Why aren’t adults allowed to be creative?

Why aren’t adults allowed to be creative?

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in March 2016. Adult programs tend to have a lot more to do with learning than they do with making. How do we balance the scales of creative programming to give our older patrons more opportunities to create? by Ally Blumenfeld If it seems like children typically have...
The Arizona Songwriters Gathering at Glendale Public Library

The Arizona Songwriters Gathering at Glendale Public Library

Today we talk with Ivy Jarvis, a librarian for the Glendale Public Library in Glendale, AZ, and an organizer for the Arizona Songwriters Gathering, an annual event that takes advantage of the library’s indoor and outdoor community spaces. Enjoy! ~Laura Check out the full press release for the gathering Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): What was...
A school library makerspace with Colleen Graves

A school library makerspace with Colleen Graves

This post was originally posted on the LAIP in March 2016. It remains one of our most popular! Today we have an interview with Colleen Graves, a 2016 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, and a school librarian/maker who has brought a makerspace into her school library. Enjoy! Busy morning #making, #soldering, using computers, #studying, #reading...
Librarian-Artists Celebrated With Unique Exhibit

Librarian-Artists Celebrated With Unique Exhibit

by Bryan Voell Pique Gallery, an “open ended art experiment” located in Covington, Kentucky, recently exhibited work created by librarians that focused on the intersections between art, creativity, information and libraries. We spoke with Pique co-manager Annie Brown about the ideas and questions that helped shape this exhibit. Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): What was...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of Feb 26-March 3

Linkubator Roundup: Week of Feb 26-March 3

Hey hey Incubator friends–  it’s March now, so spring feels like something that could actually happen (unless, you know, that real factual thing called Global Warming made February a balmy 60 degree haven, like it did in Pittsburgh). We hope the extra light and the promise of daffodils will make calling your senators daily a...
Makerspace Mondays: a public & school library partnership

Makerspace Mondays: a public & school library partnership

Today we feature Holly Fuhrman, school librarian at Shiloh Middle School in Maryland, who talks with us about a very cool close partnership between Carroll County Public Schools and Carroll County Public Library. One project out of that partnership is a new Makerspace Monday program, which launched this year. ~Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP):...
Book to Boogie: "Cindy Moo"

Book to Boogie: “Cindy Moo”

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...
Featuring: VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia, Poet and Painter

Featuring: VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia, Poet and Painter

Today we feature VersAnnette Blackman, a visual artist, poet, and facilitator from the Chicago, IL area, who talks with us about her work, her own relationship to libraries, and what it means to show her work in a public library today. Her response to our question, “What does your ideal library look like” is worth...
Writing Consults at Whistler Public Library

Writing Consults at Whistler Public Library

Today’s feature comes to us from Jeanette Bruce, Program Coordinator at Whistler Public Library in Whistler, British Columbia. Jeanette coordinates a program for the library (in partnership with Simon Fraser University) called SFU Writing Studio’s Writing Consults. These free one-on-one consultations provide local writers with the opportunity to talk with a professional writer about their...
Submit your stories of "Inclusive Creativity" to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

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 free exhibitions and performances. We...
Featuring: Aileen Bassis

Featuring: Aileen Bassis

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in February 2016. Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work. Aileen Bassis (AB): I’ve always made art. I remember fixing up other children’s pictures when I was in kindergarten and pleaded with my mother for extra art lessons when I...
Loading the Cannons: Guest Authors at Teen Writing Groups

Loading the Cannons: Guest Authors at Teen Writing Groups

This post was first published on February 19, 2015.  This is a post written by Heather Dickerson, Teen Services Librarian for the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, Montana. In her series for the LAIP, “Loading the Cannons,” Heather tackles the question “what to do with young adults in a creative writing workshop?” Enjoy! ~ Laura...