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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...
Book to Boogie: "We're All Wonders"

Book to Boogie: “We’re All Wonders”

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...
Public Sculpting Project at Worthington Libraries

Public Sculpting Project at Worthington Libraries

Today’s feature comes to us from Lisa Fuller, Director of Community Engagement for the Worthington Libraries in Worthington, Ohio. Lisa shares a recent (and under way) public sculpting project that has been the catalyst for a new suite of creativity-focused programs at the library. Enjoy! ~Laura by Lisa Fuller Earlier this year, the Friends Foundation of...
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...
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...
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...