Librarian Resources
Sharing Art Created in Juvenile Justice Spaces

Sharing Art Created in Juvenile Justice Spaces

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in November 2014. 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...
Book to Boogie: The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings

Book to Boogie: The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings

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...
3D Printed Bookmarks

3D Printed Bookmarks

by Michael Cherry, Teen & Youth Librarian Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library 3D printed bookmarks are a fun and easy project for librarians interested in 3D printing. They are a great way to introduce patrons to computer-aided design (CAD) and don’t require as many light years to 3D print. Their quirkiness will appeal to technophobes and gadget...
Get your community on the same page! NEA Big Read grants available

Get your community on the same page! NEA Big Read grants available

We’re posting this on behalf of the NEA Big Read, a program through Arts Midwest. This continues to be a great platform for engaging communities around a common read (p.s.–check out the NEA Big Read’s teacher resources to find some hands-on creative projects to incorporate into your Big Read programming!). ~Laura   Application deadline: January 26,...
Quick and Dirty Marketing for Your Library's Arts Programming

Quick and Dirty Marketing for Your Library’s Arts Programming

Today’s writeup comes to us from Kristy Bowen from Columbia College Chicago Library. Kristy has some great ideas and tips for marketing your arts programming (hint: use lots of visuals!) and is applicable to public, academic, and school libraries alike! Enjoy! Laura by Kristy Bowen Planning a reading series or open-mic night among the stacks?  Hosting...
Book to Boogie: City Shapes

Book to Boogie: City Shapes

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...
Why Libraries Matter: My Experience Planning a Black Lives Matter Program

Why Libraries Matter: My Experience Planning a Black Lives Matter Program

Editor’s Note: This piece is being posted anonymously, both for the contributor’s sake and for the college where he works. Images, unfortunately, cannot be shared at this time. If other librarians out there would be interested in any of the research materials used in this program, or in contacting the contributor for any further insights...
Wildcards and fugitives: staff exhibition at the State Library Victoria

Wildcards and fugitives: staff exhibition at the State Library Victoria

The State Library of Victoria has a significant model of supporting staff creativity, both through a Residency program, and through staff exhibitions as well! Enjoy! Erinn by Dominique Dunstan, Curator The State Library of Victoria is a great cultural institution and not surprisingly there are many talented people working here, including writers, artists and musicians. Some of...
The Seattle Public Library and Rabble Launch PlayBack

The Seattle Public Library and Rabble Launch PlayBack

by Andrew Harbison and Kelly Hiser The Seattle Public Library launched PlayBack just over a month ago with 50 incredible albums by Seattle’s musicians, joining libraries in Madison and Edmonton as the latest to build a local music collection using Rabble’s MUSICat platform. From the start, the Seattle community has wholeheartedly embraced PlayBack. The library...
Book to Boogie: Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses

Book to Boogie: Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses

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...
An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

This post was originally published on August 14, 2014. Many libraries are finding ways to share community-created content and provide their patrons with access to exciting new writing, music, and art.  Not only do these efforts support local artists, they also create unique collections, many of them digital.  I’m excited to introduce Kelly Hiser to the...
Teen Bubbler: Showcasing Art Made by Young Adults

Teen Bubbler: Showcasing Art Made by Young Adults

One of the most documented programs on the LAIP is the Bubbler at Madison Public Library. We not only have a personal investment in the maker and creativity programming (Laura, Holly, and Erinn have all worked for Madison Public Library at some point in our careers!); we also view the multifaceted, partnership-based program as an...