SPINE Festival: Libraries Out Loud #1

SPINE Festival: Libraries Out Loud #1

Today we have a preview of a fantastic community cultural event that is coming up in London libraries in the UK in March. The SPINE Festival seeks to engage communities with their local libraries through book and literature-inspired arts programs and experiences. We look forward to sharing a follow-up post...
The Owls Are Not What They Seem | The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library

The Owls Are Not What They Seem | The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library

This is the final installment in our video series on the Library as Incubator Project YouTube Channel in partnership with The Bubbler at Madison Public Library– and as a fitting send-off, Sean and Lucas take a look at an after-hours bash with the Wisconsin Book Festival celebrating Twin Peaks!  Enjoy! ~Erinn by Sean...
SDPL Labs: A Third Place for Creative Expression

SDPL Labs: A Third Place for Creative Expression

Our friends Monnee Tong and Uyen Tran at San Diego Public Library are the fearless teen (and tech!) advocates behind our series on the SDPL IDEA Lab.  Today, Monnee gives an overview of how the IDEA Lab works– from equipment & software, to partnerships, to staffing. Enjoy! ~Erinn by Monnee Tong The...
Featuring: Jon Kerpel

Featuring: Jon Kerpel

I’m delighted to introduce Jon Kerpel to the site today to share his work, which he considers a form of activism.  The best place to show such work and spark conversations?  The Library, of course.  Don’t miss his ideas for the ideal library space for artists! ~Erinn Library as Incubator Project (LAIP):...
Edmonton Public Library’s First Digital Public Space

Edmonton Public Library’s First Digital Public Space

More today from Rabble, the killer new startup that will create a software-as-service model for libraries to create & share their own local music collections.  Our friend Kelly Hiser kicked this series off earlier in the month (check out all of Kelly’s posts for us HERE), and today we hear from one of the pilot...
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Book to Boogie: "The Shape Song Swingalong"

Book to Boogie: “The Shape Song Swingalong”

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: Kate Morrell

Featuring: Kate Morrell

This post was originally published on March 18. 2013.  Today we’re very pleased to welcome Kate Morrell to the site. Kate is a London-based book artist whose work frequently makes use of withdrawn or “overlooked” materials in libraries and archives. The work she shares with us today is a commissioned piece titled Alpine Spoilers, a project...
Featuring: Stefana McClure

Featuring: Stefana McClure

This post was originally published in February, 2012.  Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, in 1959, Stefana McClure received her BA from Hornsey College of Art, London and continued her studies at Kyoto Seika University, Japan. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at DC 2011, Dublin (2011), Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York (2011) and Bartha Contemporary, London...
Linkubator Friday Roundup | February 20 - 26

Linkubator Friday Roundup | February 20 – 26

As February wanes, we in the American Midwest are praying to the sun god for spring, but these links from the past week have surely brightened our days! Enjoy! New features: The FINAL installment of our video series on the Bubbler at Madison Public Library and their ultra-fab Twin Peaks after-hours party! San Diego Public...
The Gallery at Moorestown Public Library

The Gallery at Moorestown Public Library

Today we welcome Joe Galbraith, director of the Moorestown Public Library in New Jersey, to the Library as Incubator Project. Joe tells us about the gallery space that the library offers to local artists, and explains why they made sure to include a dedicated gallery in the library’s new building design. Enjoy! ~ Laura Library as...
[UN]BOUND: Artists’ Books from the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library – Part I

[UN]BOUND: Artists’ Books from the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library – Part I

Kara West is the Arts and Culture Exhibition Manager at the San Diego Public Library, and in this series, she shares the development of the Library’s exhibition program that will bring art to all thirty-five SDPL branches.  Check out the whole series HERE. ~Erinn by Kara West Artists’ books have extraordinary crossover potential. But first, a couple things...
Linkubator Friday Roundup | February 13 - 19

Linkubator Friday Roundup | February 13 – 19

We’ve got it all this week: color mixing for kids, a teen makerspace, author visits, and a community art project! Plus tons of great stuff we saw online. For our fellow icicles in the northern hemisphere, we hope this warms up your weekend! New features:  OF COURSE we had to share the love for Herve Tullet’s...
Loading the Cannons: Guest Authors at Teen Writing Groups

Loading the Cannons: Guest Authors at Teen Writing Groups

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 I love any opportunity to bring...
Framing Fraktur: The Public Library as a Contemporary Art Space

Framing Fraktur: The Public Library as a Contemporary Art Space

Today we welcome Rachel Karasick, who works as a grant writer for the Free Library of Philadelphia. Rachel shares a fabulous exhibition and community celebration of fraktur, a historic Pennsylvania German art form. Framing Fraktur presents history and contemporary artwork in a unique and exciting format and it is accessible to all at the library. Today’s post...
Pages to Projects: Mix It Up

Pages to Projects: Mix It Up

Our good friend Rebecca Dunn shares how to incorporate art education principles into storytime in her popular Pages to Projects series.  If you’ve been inspired by Rebecca’s projects or have used her storytime plans at your library, we’d love to hear about it!  Share your experience in the comments or on social media. ~Erinn by Rebecca Dunn Mix It Up I...
Linkubator Friday Roundup | February 6 - 12

Linkubator Friday Roundup | February 6 – 12

Well, this week was certainly filled with lots of goodies around the web, and we saw some great features on makerspaces. Enjoy the linky plethora! New features: Learn how The Labs @ CLP expanded from humble beginnings to a major force at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh! We LOVE makerspaces in academic libraries, and we got...
Exploring Coverbrowser.com

Exploring Coverbrowser.com

This article originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in winter 2013. Our feature articles on libraries and artists have been going positively gangbusters this winter (which I love, don’t get me wrong) so I thought it might be nice to highlight one of the many eye candy-heavy (not to mention ridiculously valuable to students...