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Pages to Projects: Milk Painting

Pages to Projects: Milk Painting

This post was originally published on May 1, 2014. Our good friend Rebecca Dunn is back on the Library as Incubator Project with another great post in her popular Pages to Projects series! She shares how to incorporate elements of art education and appreciation into storytime; if you’ve been inspired by Rebecca’s projects or have used her storytime plans at your...
Book to Boogie: "Hello, New York City!"

Book to Boogie: “Hello, New York City!”

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...
Showing Off: The Making of an Exhibit

Showing Off: The Making of an Exhibit

by Sharon Wolff It seems to me that one of the most frustrating things about working in an institution like a museum or a library is having to coax people into your institution. It can be like pulling teeth, but the best ways to do it involve things like programming and exhibits. But how best...
Exploring Public Art at the Forest Park Public Library

Exploring Public Art at the Forest Park Public Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in July 2015. It’s one of our favorite public art projects to take place at a library–just in time for outdoor activities!  Today’s story (and project kit) comes to us from Elaine Luther, an artist whose work with libraries we’ve featured on the LAIP before, and Alicia Hammond,...
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog

This post was originally published on May 28 2014 by Angela Terrab It’s a catalog! No, it’s a digital gallery! No, it’s both, and a resource guide to boot! The Library of Congress’s Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) is a marvel of both depth and breadth, and a must-see for students, researchers, and American...
Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds #3

Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds #3

by Allana Mayer In the first part of this series, I talked about why I chose public-domain images to stock a print-on-demand fundraising store. In the second part, I taught you some Photoshop and Illustrator basics to generate printable designs. In this part, I’ll talk about the logistics of print-on-demand platforms. The Store I chose Society6...
Book to Boogie: "The Dot"

Book to Boogie: “The Dot”

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 Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds #2

Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds #2

by Allana Mayer In the last post, I told you that I had started a print-on-demand shop with designs I sourced from the public domain. In this post, I’ll talk about some of the graphic-design steps you’ll need to take to create your own. The Designs If you decide that a print-on-demand shop is right for...
Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds

Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds

by Allana Mayer The Concept In early January 2016, I started a fundraiser for the Society of American Archivists Mosaic Scholarship, which was made to encourage diverse entrants into the field. I wanted to contribute, but didn’t have money to spare. Instead, I created a print-on-demand store with Society6 to sell items with designs I had...
Incubate Creativity at Your Library Webinar

Incubate Creativity at Your Library Webinar

Hello all! We have a fabulous free webinar coming up through WebJunction. Join us for Incubate Creativity at Your Library on Tuesday April 19, 2016, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EST. We’ll share program and partnership ideas, plus talk about creativity in general and how to facilitate a space for creative thinking and experimenting to take hold,...
Design of the Picture Book

Design of the Picture Book

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in 2014. Design of the Picture Book continues to be one of our favorite resources, which is why we’re thrilled to re-share this great blog today! by Angela Terrab The best book authors push boundaries, and in the realm of picture books, a lot of this exploration happens...
First Contact: Why Websites Matter to Creative Libraries

First Contact: Why Websites Matter to Creative Libraries

Today, we hear from Sharon Wolff, who has a unique perspective on a practical element of building a creative library: making a good impression online! If you want to bring creatives through your door, begin with a well-designed website. ~Erinn by Sharon Wolff This blog is all about using libraries and museums to foster a creative...