Librarian Resources
Exploring Public Art at the Forest Park Public Library

Exploring Public Art at the Forest Park Public Library

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, Community Engagement Librarian at the Forest Park Public Library in Illinois. Elaine and Alicia give us the scoop on the process of installation a major public art piece at...
Update: The Book to Art Club

Update: The Book to Art Club

Today we’re giving a quick update about the Book to Art Club, a sister project to the Library as Incubator Project that combines art-making with the tried-and-true library book discussion group. Since the Book to Art Club started in 2014, we’ve had 11 chapters (and counting!) spring up at public, school, and academic libraries all...
Program Kit: Blacklight Painting for Young Adults

Program Kit: Blacklight Painting for Young Adults

by Laura Damon-Moore I coordinate the summer programs for kids and young adults at Eager Free Public Library in Evansville, Wisconsin. This summer we ended up with an eclectic assortment of hands-on activities for young adults (mainly middle school students), from Cupcake Wars to Mega Games Day to a Maker Day with squishy circuits, ArtBots,...
Book to Boogie: "Cold, Crunchy, Colorful: Using Our Senses"

Book to Boogie: “Cold, Crunchy, Colorful: Using Our Senses”

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...
Fantastic Friday: Natural History Prints

Fantastic Friday: Natural History Prints

This post originally appeared in May 2014. Let’s try a little something new today.  Instead of an info-packed essay or an in-depth resource analysis, let’s just take this Friday to look at pretty things! In collecting resources for our Book to Art Club meeting on The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, I found myself...
Johnson County Library’s elementia: A Short History of Collaboration & Inspiration

Johnson County Library’s elementia: A Short History of Collaboration & Inspiration

by Bryan Voell Johnson County (Kansas) Library’s elementia publication showcases the artistic and poetic talents of local teens. Published annually since the fall of 2005, it was born from the original visions of Teen Librarian Angel Dew in conjunction with Johnson County Library’s Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC), Teen Poetry Café and other teen writing...
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Artist Residencies in Libraries

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Artist Residencies in Libraries

We got a great question via Twitter several weeks ago about whether we knew of a comprehensive list of academic, public, and special libraries and archives that currently host or are interested in hosting artists in residence. While the LAIP features library artists in residence on a regular basis (and we know that people use these...
Learning with The Labs: professional development for all staff

Learning with The Labs: professional development for all staff

We’ve been documenting the evolution of The Labs at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh since 2012, when the project had just secured a pilot grant. It’s all grown up now, and has grown up into a thoughtful and responsive makerspace model that adds real value to to the conversation. Check out the whole series on The...
TimeQuest: playful, interactive games at Auckland Libraries

TimeQuest: playful, interactive games at Auckland Libraries

Today’s feature comes to us from educator and library program developer Matt Finch, who blogs about his work over at The Signal in Transition. The project we’re sharing today is TimeQuest, a playful, highly interactive program that Matt developed in partnership with library staff members at the public libraries and other community partners in Auckland,...
Book to Boogie: "The Watermelon Seed"

Book to Boogie: “The Watermelon Seed”

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...
On location at Harvard-Westlake Upper School Library

On location at Harvard-Westlake Upper School Library

Today we have a cool resource to share with you courtesy of Shannon Acedo, Chair of the Library and Information Technology Department at Harvard-Westlake Upper School in Studio City, California. Many students at the school enjoy using the library as a location for filmmaking projects, so many that Shannon devised a library location form that she...
Pages to Projects: Wild About Shapes

Pages to Projects: Wild About Shapes

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 A favorite pastime of...