Performing Arts
Book to Boogie: "Puddles!!!"

Book to Boogie: “Puddles!!!”

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...
970West Studio at Mesa County Libraries

970West Studio at Mesa County Libraries

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): When did the studio open, and what was the impetus for turning the 970West Studio space into the space/resource that it is today? Bob Kretschman (BK): The Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio opened to the public in January 2016. The studio was the result of several different factors and trends,...
Reel Misfits: The First Annual Student Film Festival at North Carolina Wesleyan College

Reel Misfits: The First Annual Student Film Festival at North Carolina Wesleyan College

by Ian Boucher Hello everyone! My name is Ian Boucher, and I’m currently the Emerging Technologies and Outreach Librarian at North Carolina Wesleyan College. Every now and again I will be sharing my experiences supporting student and faculty inspiration through the college’s library. A great place to start is an event from the spring of...
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...
Brisbane Pride Choir finds a home in libraries

Brisbane Pride Choir finds a home in libraries

Lots of libraries provide a “home” for many types of arts organizations, from quilters’ guilds to writers’ groups, who do not have a permanent space for gathering. As a librarian with a performance background, I’m always personally interested when a performing arts group takes advantage of the meeting rooms and community spaces that many libraries...
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...
Tim Youd and the 100 Novels Project

Tim Youd and the 100 Novels Project

This profile first appeared on the LAIP in 2015. Tim Youd is still performing his 100 Novels project. Learn more at timyoud.com. Today we present a conversation with Tim Youd, a visual and performance artist who is currently working on a fascinating project to retype 100 novels–obviously a performance piece that is very intriguing to...
Ark: immersive short story shows in library spaces

Ark: immersive short story shows in library spaces

It’s our pleasure to welcome Ellen Wiles, founder of Ark Short Stories, to the site today, to talk about her project to bring short stories to life–in library spaces, of course! Read on! ~Laura by Ellen Wiles What happens when short stories spring out of their pages, join hands with dance, sound, live music, film and...
Book to Boogie: "Little White Rabbit"

Book to Boogie: “Little White Rabbit”

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...
Featuring: Ebony Tusks

Featuring: Ebony Tusks

by Bryan Voell What happens when libraries and the hip-hop world intersect ?  In late 2015, Martinez Hillard, front-man for the Lawrence, Kansas, hardcore hip-hop trio Ebony Tusks, was asked to contribute an original poem for a video project promoting the role Kansas libraries play in the lives of those who use and are inspired...
SPINE Festival Returns for Spring 2016

SPINE Festival Returns for Spring 2016

We have a super fun event to preview today–the SPINE Festival, produced by Apples and Snakes, a UK performance poetry and spoken word collective, for libraries in several London boroughs. We’ll have a follow-up post about the festival in a couple of weeks! Thanks to Kaysha Woollery for working with us to spread the word...
Book to Boogie: "The Little Yellow Leaf"

Book to Boogie: “The Little Yellow Leaf”

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...