Performing Arts
Featuring: Dave Menzo and "Shhh..."

Featuring: Dave Menzo and “Shhh…”

Dave Menzo is an Ann Arbor, Michigan musician who wrote to us with a story about his new album, “Shhh…”, which was produced entirely using equipment that he checked out–wait for it–from the Ann Arbor District Library! We posed some questions to Dave, and he put together this nice response for us. Enjoy this feature...
Book to Boogie: "The Animal Boogie"

Book to Boogie: “The Animal Boogie”

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...
DC Punk Archive: Basement Shows & Community Archivists

DC Punk Archive: Basement Shows & Community Archivists

…the best part is that this archive is not to remember how great punk was; it is to remember how great punk is. FROM BASEMENT SHOWS TO COMMUNITY ARCHIVISTS:   ENGAGING THE PUBLIC IN THE DC PUNK ARCHIVE by Michele Casto and Bobbie Dougherty Community engagement through programs, concerts, outreach and volunteer involvement has been a...
Tim Youd and the 100 Novels Project

Tim Youd and the 100 Novels Project

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 literature lovers! Read on to hear more about the 100 Novels project and Tim’s relationship to libraries in the past and today....
Book to Boogie: "Up, Down, and Around"

Book to Boogie: “Up, Down, and Around”

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...
DC Punk Archive: Origins

DC Punk Archive: Origins

Check out this awesome “origin story” from two Washington, DC (DCPL) librarians about the community-planned local music archive that aims to capture the past and present DC punk scene. Yet another fab local music library initiative! by Michele Casto and Bobbie Dougherty DC Public Library (DCPL) librarians Michele Casto and Bobbie Dougherty have dreamt of building...
The Listen Local Music Project at Johnson County Library

The Listen Local Music Project at Johnson County Library

Today’s feature comes to you from a new official member of the Library as Incubator Project team! Bryan Voell is the Local Arts Librarian for the Johnson County Library in Johnson County, Kansas, and we’re thrilled he’ll be joining us as a regular contributing writer on a variety of arts and library topics. Today he...
SPINE Festival: Libraries Out Loud #2

SPINE Festival: Libraries Out Loud #2

Today we’re pleased to welcome back Alice Frecknall from Apples & Snakes; she brings us a follow up to our first post about London’s SPINE Festival that took place earlier this month. This fabulous event brought free arts programs to 33 libraries around the city. Read on! ~ Laura by Alice Frecknall As SPINE Festival comes...
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...
Featuring: After Dark Productions ~ or, Murder in the Library!

Featuring: After Dark Productions ~ or, Murder in the Library!

This post was originally published in February 2013. Murder in the library – a popular program for libraries around the world, one that is personally near and dear to my heart (having played parts in two in-house “productions” in the last two years!). The format for this classic game is familiar to many: actors (library...
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...
Rob Dz in the Media Lab | The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library

Rob Dz in the Media Lab | The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library

A new installment in our video series on the Library as Incubator Project YouTube Channel in partnership with The Bubbler at Madison Public Library.  Today, an interview with Rob Dz, who found the resources to record his first full length album at the library’s Media Lab. Enjoy! ~Erinn by Sean Ottosen and Lucas Schneider In previous posts, we’ve...