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Brisbane Pride Choir finds a home in libraries

Brisbane Pride Choir finds a home in libraries

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in June 2016. Lots of libraries provide a “home” for many types of arts organizations, from quilters’ guilds to writers’ groups, who do not have a permanent space for gathering. As a librarian with a performance background, I’m always personally interested when a performing arts group takes advantage...
Creative leadership, building a future: Interview with Vicki McDonald, CEO State Library of Queensland

Creative leadership, building a future: Interview with Vicki McDonald, CEO State Library of Queensland

This year we have the distinct pleasure of hosting updates from Dr. Matt Finch, with whom we’ve worked on a number of LAIP features, as he serves as Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland, Australia. Today’s post is an interview with the State Librarian of Queensland (Australia), Vicki McDonald. She and Matt...
Listen Local Live at Johnson County Library

Listen Local Live at Johnson County Library

by Bryan Voell In January, 2015, the Johnson County Library launched our Listen Local project. Updated weekly, Listen Local is a blog that focuses on original songwriters and composers living in Kansas City (Kansas and Missouri) and Johnson County, Kansas. This project began as a way to bring locally-produced music in digital form to our...
Book to Boogie: "Otto the Book Bear"

Book to Boogie: “Otto the Book Bear”

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...
Join us at ALA Annual in Chicago!

Join us at ALA Annual in Chicago!

We are thrilled to announce that the Library as Incubator Project will have a presence at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago this June. Library friends, we’d love to see you there. Special thank you to the Programming Librarian Interest Group (PLIG) and ALA for sponsoring BOTH of these programs.  Here’s where you...
"Controlled Accidents" at the New School's List Library

“Controlled Accidents” at the New School’s List Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in May 2016. Today we hear about an exhibition by Isabella Brandalise and Nelesi Rodriguez, Controlled Accidents, which is currently on at the New School’s List Library. Through their work they explore the interplay between act and instrument as investigated by French critic and essayist Roland Barthes. Enjoy! ~Laura...
Book to Boogie: "A Greyhound, a Groundhog"

Book to Boogie: “A Greyhound, a Groundhog”

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...
Talk Time Artistry at Thomas Crane Public Library

Talk Time Artistry at Thomas Crane Public Library

Written with assistance from Linda Zhou For the past seven years, the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, Massachusetts has hosted English Talk Time for English Language Learners. Program participants, 150 students as well as part-time library staff and a crew of dedicated volunteers, sometimes frequent the library’s art gallery space, using the current exhibition...
Book to Art Club: Updates for 2017

Book to Art Club: Updates for 2017

Today we bring you a long-overdue update on a sibling project of ours, The Book to Art Club! First things first; the Book to Art Club can now be found at a new URL: http://booktoartclub.squarespace.com/.  We are very pleased to report that the Club, now in its third year, boasts over 25 chapters with locations in...
The Gentle Art of World Domination: Art, Occupational Therapy, and Libraries

The Gentle Art of World Domination: Art, Occupational Therapy, and Libraries

This year we have the distinct pleasure of hosting updates from Dr. Matt Finch, with whom we’ve worked on a number of LAIP features, as he serves as Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland, Australia. Matt’s visit with a class of new Occupational Therapy students demonstrates how, by bringing hands-on, participatory activities...
"Library Yarns" at Falmouth Public Library

“Library Yarns” at Falmouth Public Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in April 2016. This fun feature comes to us from Faith Lee, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library in Falmouth, MA. Love how this community program led to a colorful art installation that all public library visitors can enjoy! ~Laura The Library is Transformed with Kniffiti! You have...
Ark: immersive short story shows in library spaces

Ark: immersive short story shows in library spaces

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in April 2016. It’s our pleasure to welcome Ellen Wiles, founder of Ark Short Stories, to the site today, to talk about her project to bring short stories to life–in library spaces, of course! Read on! ~Laura by Ellen Wiles What happens when short stories spring out of their...