Teen Central at Boston Public Library

Teen Central at Boston Public Library

by Natalie C. Anderson I’m sitting with Jessi Snow, Teen Services Team Leader for The Central Library of the Boston Public Library, in what is quite possibly the coolest place in Boston. At the risk of sounding like a big nerd, yes, it’s a library. Brand spanking new after a massive...
The Cycle of Creativity | Corning Museum of Glass

The Cycle of Creativity | Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum Of Glass is a special place where librarians, curators, artists, and educators all work together to share the history and craft of glass making. Rebecca Hopman’s series on her work at the CMOG’s Rakow Research Library is an excellent template for creating and sustaining the library-as-incubator. Enjoy! ~Erinn...
Fluxus Club at the Walker Art Center: Part One

Fluxus Club at the Walker Art Center: Part One

An exciting but difficult to explain art exhibition.  A series of studio workshops. A library with amazing collections just steps away…does this sound like a library-as-incubator opportunity or what?  Librarian Margit Wilson and artist Margaret Pezalla-Granlund teamed up to make the library an active art space with Fluxus Club, and we’re delighted to...
DC Punk Archive: Basement Shows & Community Archivists

DC Punk Archive: Basement Shows & Community Archivists

…the best part is that this archive is not to remember how great punk was; it is to remember how great punk is. FROM BASEMENT SHOWS TO COMMUNITY ARCHIVISTS:   ENGAGING THE PUBLIC IN THE DC PUNK ARCHIVE by Michele Casto and Bobbie Dougherty Community engagement through programs, concerts, outreach and...
The library-museum connection: Glass books and books about glass

The library-museum connection: Glass books and books about glass

We’re excited to welcome Rebecca Hopman to the site today for her first post in a new series on the incredible #libasincubator work at the Rakow Research Library at the Corning Museum of Glass.  The CMOG is a special place where librarians, curators, artists, and educators all work together to...
Featuring: Isobelle Ouzman

Featuring: Isobelle Ouzman

You may have noticed Isobelle Ouzman’s work popping up on the internet recently. Her lush altered books re-imagine fairy tale narratives in the pages of discarded books with layers of drawings and cut paper. It’s right up our alley, and we’re delighted to share her work!  Enjoy– Erinn Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell...
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Chicago's Read/Write Library

Chicago’s Read/Write Library

This post was originally published May 2013.  Today we are so pleased to welcome Amanda Meeks to the Library as Incubator Project. Amanda is the outreach coordinator for the Read/Write Library, located in Chicago, Illinois. A big thank you to Amanda for providing us with a fantastic overview of this community resource. Enjoy! ~ Laura by...
Friday Linkubator Roundup | May 15 - 21

Friday Linkubator Roundup | May 15 – 21

I hope you’re in the mood for some thought-provoking reading for your long weekend, because the interwebs were just full of them this week. That, and a whole lot more in today’s roundup! Enjoy! New features: We love getting the scoop on library spaces for teens, especially those that encourage art-making, and Teen Central at...
Loading the Cannons: May the Fourth Be With You

Loading the Cannons: May the Fourth Be With You

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 by Heather Dickerson “May the Fourth Be With You!”...
Featuring: Julia Skinner and "Modernizing Markham"

Featuring: Julia Skinner and “Modernizing Markham”

When we received the following story about a library-inspired art investigation by artist and doctoral candidate Julia Skinner, we knew we had to feature it and her on the Library as Incubator Project! Read on for our conversation with Julia about her project, Modernizing Markham. ~Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Please introduce yourself to our community–who...
Featuring: Elizabeth Stettler

Featuring: Elizabeth Stettler

This post was originally published May 2013. Today, we’re delighted to share this interview with Elizabeth Stettler, who is one of the many librarian/artists we’ve met through the Project.  Her lovely woodblock prints caught my eye, but her vision for the ideal library–a place where the entire genesis of an artwork is accessible– caught and...
Friday Linkubator Roundup | May 8 - 14

Friday Linkubator Roundup | May 8 – 14

It’s been a happening week for the Incubator! Some really dynamite features, a trip to an IMLS conference, and an article in School Library Journal – all very exciting! Plus tons of awesome links from the web. Enjoy! New features: Check out this in-depth interview & coverage of the special collections at the Metropolitan Museum of...
Langdon Divers Gallery at FDLPL: Teen Power Exhibition

Langdon Divers Gallery at FDLPL: Teen Power Exhibition

Melissa Kolstad is the curator for the Langdon Divers Gallery at the Fond du Lac Public Library in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. For her new quarterly series with the Library as Incubator Project, Mel talks about exhibitions and displays in the library’s gallery. by Melissa Kolstad   I love our local library, which happens to...
Parachute Literary Arts Poetry on the Wonder Wheel

Parachute Literary Arts Poetry on the Wonder Wheel

In 2013 we featured a writeup about the poetry libraries sponsored by Parachute Literary Arts, which “celebrates poetry in Coney Island and strives to make poetry available to Coney Island’s neighborhood. Parachute Literary Arts believes poetry, like a parachute, can be a lifesaving tool, hence the name. In pursuit of our mission, we enrich our historic community in three ways:...
Special Collections of the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Special Collections of the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Abby Wanserski is back with a new feature in our series on Art Libraries. Her last article featured The Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and today she shares a more in-depth interview with Special Collections Librarian Jared Ash. Don’t miss the extra interview with artist Jen Mazza, who talks about her Watson Library-inspired artworks.  Enjoy! ~Erinn...
Friday Linkubator Roundup | May 1 - 7

Friday Linkubator Roundup | May 1 – 7

Wouldn’t you know it, it’s May already! We’re sending out lots of positive thoughts to the academic librarians finishing up spring semester, the youth librarians prepping for summer reading, and all of our followers in whatever stage you’re in! Check out the best things we found online this week! New features: NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library curates...
Featuring: Dave Menzo and "Shhh..."

Featuring: Dave Menzo and “Shhh…”

Dave Menzo is an Ann Arbor, Michigan musician who wrote to us with a story about his new album, “Shhh…”, which was produced entirely using equipment that he checked out–wait for it–from the Ann Arbor District Library! We posed some questions to Dave, and he put together this nice response for us. Enjoy this feature...
Book to Boogie: "The Animal Boogie"

Book to Boogie: “The Animal Boogie”

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...