Librarian Resources
ONE WEEK to vote for our Conversation Starters at ALA Annual!

ONE WEEK to vote for our Conversation Starters at ALA Annual!

Hey, hey, readers!  We know you’re all madly planning your trip to San Francisco for ALA Annual this year– and so are we!  We’ve got a couple awesome Conversation Starters that are up for a public vote on the ALA website, and we’d be grateful if you showed your support for the #LibasIncubator idea with...
Building Better Library Software with Rabble

Building Better Library Software with Rabble

Kelly Hiser and the Rabble team are back on the site today to talk about how they’re building MUSICat with library principles in mind. Their software-as-service model for libraries will allow communities to create their own local music collections. Check out all of Kelly’s posts for us HERE. ~Erinn by Kelly Hiser and Preston Austin At Rabble, we’re building tools with libraries that...
Book to Boogie: "The Shape Song Swingalong"

Book to Boogie: “The Shape Song Swingalong”

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...
Loading the Cannons: Guest Authors at Teen Writing Groups

Loading the Cannons: Guest Authors at Teen Writing Groups

This is a post written by Heather Dickerson, Teen Services Librarian for the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, Montana. In her series for the LAIP, “Loading the Cannons,” Heather tackles the question “what to do with young adults in a creative writing workshop?” Enjoy! ~ Laura by Heather Dickerson I love any opportunity to bring...
Pages to Projects: Mix It Up

Pages to Projects: Mix It Up

Our good friend Rebecca Dunn shares how to incorporate art education principles into storytime in her popular Pages to Projects series.  If you’ve been inspired by Rebecca’s projects or have used her storytime plans at your library, we’d love to hear about it!  Share your experience in the comments or on social media. ~Erinn by Rebecca Dunn Mix It Up I...
Book to Boogie: "Yo! Yes?"

Book to Boogie: “Yo! Yes?”

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...
Book to Boogie: "In the Sea"

Book to Boogie: “In the Sea”

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...
Rabble: Working with Libraries to Share Local Music

Rabble: Working with Libraries to Share Local Music

Kelly Hiser is already killing 2015. Her work on the Yahara Music Library has bloomed into a new startup called Rabble that will create a software-as-service model for libraries to create their own local music collections! AND IT’S AWESOME. Check out all of Kelly’s posts for us HERE. ~Erinn by Kelly Hiser I’m extremely happy to introduce LAIP readers to...
Our Favorite Things: Makers in Libraries

Our Favorite Things: Makers in Libraries

Makers, makerspaces, maker programs – call ‘em what you will, but 2014 saw a LOT of maker STUFF in libraries! In this Favorite Things post, we’ve put together a set of interesting and innovative maker + library updates. San Diego Public Library Labs – The purchase of two 3d printers kick-started this awesome public makerspace...
Our Favorite Things: STEAM for Kids

Our Favorite Things: STEAM for Kids

2014 was a great year for lots of ideas for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning, especially for kids and young adults. Check out some of our favorites from our STEAM section below! Fun Palaces at Parkes Shire Library – coming to us all the way from Australia, a pop-up “laboratory of fun”...
Book to Boogie: "How to Catch a Star"

Book to Boogie: “How to Catch a Star”

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...
Sharing Art Created in Juvenile Justice Spaces

Sharing Art Created in Juvenile Justice Spaces

Kelly Hiser is back on the site today to share more info on sharing community created content a the library– this time taking a closer look at teen artwork generated in juvenile justice programs. Be sure to take a look at the Terms of Service documents Kelly shares, and check out all of her posts in this...