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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):...
The Music Lab at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

The Music Lab at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Today we highlight a partnership between the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. These partners combine to offer the Music Lab at the library, an opportunity for patrons of all ages to see, hear, and feel real musical instruments, and interact with real professional musicians!...
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!...