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Sunset on the Library as Incubator Project

Sunset on the Library as Incubator Project

If you haven’t heard via social media already, the Library as Incubator Project team has bittersweet news to share: it is time to sunset the LAIP. We’ve had an amazing time working with many contributors to keep this community relevant and meaningful, but the time has come to make space for new and different projects....
Mel Kolstad in Residence at Appleton Public Library

Mel Kolstad in Residence at Appleton Public Library

It’s our pleasure to welcome back Mel Kolstad to the Library as Incubator Project. Today Mel fills us in on what she’s been up to during her artist residency at the Appleton Public Library in Appleton, Wisconsin. We love that Mel’s work continues to be deeply inspired by libraries and the “detritus” that comes into...
Featuring: Katie Herzog

Featuring: Katie Herzog

Today we are pleased to feature a recent exhibition by visual artist Katie Herzog. Katie is also the director of the Molesworth Institute, a special library devoted to the playful side of libraries and archives. Enjoy this write-up of Katie’s recent project, from the KLOWDEN MANN gallery. “There is no way to perform architecture in...
Partners in Art: Wells Public Library and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Partners in Art: Wells Public Library and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Today I am thrilled to share a conversation with Andrea Kazilionis from the Wells Public Library in Wells, Maine. Andrea fills us in on a partnership with the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, a local art museum. This is a great example of a library working closely with an arts institution to offer high-quality, expert...
DIALOGUE at the Cleveland Public Library

DIALOGUE at the Cleveland Public Library

by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster commissioned by LAND studio, Cleveland, OH Photos by: Bob Perkoski, Coryn Kempster, John Theobald In a time of political and social disunity, Dialogue, a temporary art installation in the Cleveland Public Library’s Eastman Reading Garden, brings together both friends and strangers. With their new public artwork, artists Julia Jamrozik and...
Late @ the Library: Ultimate Maker Party

Late @ the Library: Ultimate Maker Party

by Ann Miller, Makerspace Coordinator at Mead Public Library Imagine a gorgeous Friday evening in July.  You’ve just finished your long work week, and you are ready to mingle with friends and relax.  Where do you go? To our complete delight, the answer turned out to be Mead Public Library.  For months we planned our...
Strictly Analog | Developing a Gaming Program at your Library

Strictly Analog | Developing a Gaming Program at your Library

by Kristy Bowen Gaming and libraries are often a perfect match.  As community gathering spots, libraries offer ample opportunities for members to come together, both for social interaction and intellectual stimulation.  Resources and collections fill a great supporting role for games like trivia nights and scavenger hunts.   In addition, collections of circulating games, be they...
Culinary Arts Programming at the Johnson County (KS) Library

Culinary Arts Programming at the Johnson County (KS) Library

By Bryan Voell Curious about the intersection between the culinary arts and the library? Look no further than Johnson County (KS) Library’s An Edible Discussion program series. Launched in 2014 by Information Specialist Caitlin Perkins at JCL’s Corinth Library branch, this unique monthly series has only grown in popularity over the last three years, bringing...
A Romance on Three Legs: The Ivory Archives

A Romance on Three Legs: The Ivory Archives

by Matt Finch Is a library just a machine for communities to make knowledge? From books to 3D printers, telescopes, or musical instruments, today’s institutions host collections and programs which inspire and empower people to create their own understanding and their own responses to the universe of knowledge, culture, and experience. Putting so much computing...
Future Library Art Project in Oslo, Norway

Future Library Art Project in Oslo, Norway

By Bryan Voell Future Library is a monumental art project by Scottish artist Katie Paterson. Utilizing paper made from trees planted in an Oslo, Norway forest, one writer a year for a hundred years will contribute a text. These writings will not be read or published until the year 2114, when at last they will...
Book to Boogie: "ABC Yoga"

Book to Boogie: “ABC Yoga”

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...
/five at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

/five at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Jenny Watts from the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens to the LAIP. Jenny shares information and insight with us about the /five series, a contemporary arts initiative designed to engage artists and the wider community with the Huntington’s collections in interesting ways. Enjoy! ~Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP):...