Writers
Featuring: Ander Monson

Featuring: Ander Monson

This post was originally published July 14, 2014. Today I’m thrilled to present this interview with writer, publisher, and library-haunter Ander Monson. He’s here today to talk about his relationship to libraries, why he’s passionate about books as physical objects, and his intriguing new book project from Graywolf Press (forthcoming February 2015). Enjoy! ~ Laura Library...
A day in the life of a teen writing group

A day in the life of a teen writing group

Writing in a library means that participants have gone out of their comfort zone to perform an intimate act of creation among both friends and strangers. It’s really quite brave! by Ally Blumenfeld All across the country, libraries are offering writing programs for adults and teens, ranging from formal workshops led by local writers to unrestricted...
Apply! Associates of Boston Public Library Children's Writer-in-Residence

Apply! Associates of Boston Public Library Children’s Writer-in-Residence

The Associates of the Boston Public Library is currently accepting applications for its next Writer-in-Residence. The program was created to provide an emerging children’s author with the financial support and quiet space needed to complete one literary work. Eligible projects include fiction, nonfiction, a script, or poetry intended for children or young adults. The fellowship...
Featuring: Lauren Redniss

Featuring: Lauren Redniss

This interview with Lauren Redniss originally appeared on the LAIP in 2012. Today we are thrilled to present an interview with Lauren Redniss, artist, author, educator, and creator of the book Radioactive Marie and Pierre Curie: a Tale of Love and Fallout (It Books, 2010). I had the distinct pleasure of serving on the committee that selected...
National Novel Writing Month At the Library

National Novel Writing Month At the Library

Can you believe it’s mid-October already? That means there’s only a couple of weeks before the kickoff to National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), which challenges participants (known as “Wrimos”) to track their word counts and get to 50,000 words in a mere 30 days! Libraries are fantastic community partners for this program, through NaNoWriMo’s...
Community Novel Project at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Community Novel Project at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Bryan Voell is the Local Arts Librarian for the Johnson County Library in Johnson County, Kansas. He is a regular contributor to the LAIP, where he writes about innovative library arts programming and projects. Enjoy! ~ Laura by Bryan Voell Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s Community Novel Project pretty much epitomizes library-initiated collaborative creativity. We...
Out of the Library: Teen Writers Sleepaway Camp

Out of the Library: Teen Writers Sleepaway Camp

This post was originally published on August 26, 2013.  Frequently with this project I get downright envious of the children, young adults, and adults that get to participate in certain library programs. The project highlighted here is one of those. When Heather Dickerson, a staff member at the Lewis and Clark Library in Helena, Montana,...
A Garden of Poetry at Branksome Hall Asia

A Garden of Poetry at Branksome Hall Asia

We love to hear about arts-incubating programs that were inspired by programs or ideas shared on the Library as Incubator Project, such as the Garden of Poetry at Branksome Hall Asia, an all-girl international boarding school in Korea. The teacher-librarian, Taryn Berghuis, got the idea in part from the PoeTree installation at Lawrence Public Library....
Loading the Cannons: May the Fourth Be With You

Loading the Cannons: May the Fourth Be With You

This is a post written by Heather Dickerson, Teen Services Librarian for the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, Montana. In her series for the LAIP, “Loading the Cannons,” Heather tackles the question “what to do with young adults in a creative writing workshop?” Enjoy! ~ Laura by Heather Dickerson “May the Fourth Be With You!”...
Parachute Literary Arts Poetry on the Wonder Wheel

Parachute Literary Arts Poetry on the Wonder Wheel

In 2013 we featured a writeup about the poetry libraries sponsored by Parachute Literary Arts, which “celebrates poetry in Coney Island and strives to make poetry available to Coney Island’s neighborhood. Parachute Literary Arts believes poetry, like a parachute, can be a lifesaving tool, hence the name. In pursuit of our mission, we enrich our historic community in three ways:...
Featuring: Erico Ortiz and "Making It Speak: Poets & Artists in Cahoots!"

Featuring: Erico Ortiz and “Making It Speak: Poets & Artists in Cahoots!”

Today we’re thrilled to present an interview with Erico Ortiz, a creative artist in Wisconsin, who tells us today about his relationship to libraries and a wonderful poetry + visual art project he produced with other poets and artists last year. Enjoy! ~ Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Introduce yourself! Who are you, and what sort of...
Loading the Cannons: Guest Authors at Teen Writing Groups

Loading the Cannons: Guest Authors at Teen Writing Groups

This is a post written by Heather Dickerson, Teen Services Librarian for the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, Montana. In her series for the LAIP, “Loading the Cannons,” Heather tackles the question “what to do with young adults in a creative writing workshop?” Enjoy! ~ Laura by Heather Dickerson I love any opportunity to bring...