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RFQ: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library Grand Reading Room Ceiling Design

RFQ: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library Grand Reading Room Ceiling Design

We are pleased to publish this Request for Qualifications on behalf of the DC Public Library – please share widely! ~Laura Request for Qualifications (RFQ) District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL)  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library Grand Reading Room Ceiling Design Permanent Public Art Commission Deadline: August 31, 2017 Budget: To be determined, with...
Featuring: Danielle Bonney

Featuring: Danielle Bonney

Today we welcome library-inspired fiber artist Danielle Bonney to the site! Danielle went to the library looking for a hobby and ended up embarking on a new adventure that involves not only hand-making items for her online shop, but also teaching her craft in libraries! Enjoy! ~Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Please introduce yourself!...
Camp Mad Media: Expanding the Digital Literacy Toolkit for Educators

Camp Mad Media: Expanding the Digital Literacy Toolkit for Educators

Today I’m excited to share a program that just wrapped up its second year at Madison Public Library. Camp Mad Media is a quick-and-dirty workshop series that introduces educators, including teachers and librarians, to different digital literacy tools and concepts, while also providing hands-on play time ideas that they can easily incorporate into their classrooms during...
Book to Boogie: "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean"

Book to Boogie: “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean”

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: FORGE at Kenton County Public Library

Featuring: FORGE at Kenton County Public Library

Today we’re thrilled to welcome Ann Schoenenberger, Digital Branch Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library in Kentucky. Ann is part of the visioning and implementing team for FORGE, a community makerspace and embedded library. Today Ann fills us in on the idea behind FORGE and shares some tips for librarians looking to facilitate responsive...
Featuring: Clare Qualmann

Featuring: Clare Qualmann

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Clare Qualmann, an artist and researcher based in the UK. Clare’s work came to my attention after I saw reference to an article of hers, The Artist in the Library, published in Performance Research: Vol. 22, No. 1. Today we ask Clare questions about her own library-incubated...
The Tiny House Festival at Lawrence Public Library

The Tiny House Festival at Lawrence Public Library

Last fall, some colleagues of mine at the Madison Public Library put together a housing resource fair to extend on themes discussed in Matthew Desmond’s book, Evicted, which was the Go Big Read book for the UW-Madison and wider Madison community. One of the coolest things they highlighted during the resource fair was a Tiny House...
Book to Boogie: "So Many Feet"

Book to Boogie: “So Many Feet”

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 find these activities useful...
Featuring: LA Made at Los Angeles Public Library

Featuring: LA Made at Los Angeles Public Library

We are super thrilled to share LA Made on the Library as Incubator Project blog today! This large-scale series of cultural programming leverages the wealth of interesting and diverse local talent in the Los Angeles area. Thanks to Wendy Westgate from the Exploration & Creativity Department, Engagement & Learning Division, Los Angeles Public Library, for...
Featuring: Peter Erskine

Featuring: Peter Erskine

Today I’m happy to introduce Peter Erskine, an American installation artist who specializes in creating Solar Spectrum Environmental Artworks made from pure sunlight. Several of Peter’s works are installed at libraries in California and Oregon. Beyond his projects for libraries, and across the US, Erskine has installed artworks in the ancient Roman Forum, the Rome...
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...