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Public Demesne: Using Archival Images to raise funds #2

Public Demesne: Using Archival Images to raise funds #2

by Allana Mayer In the last post, I told you that I had started a print-on-demand shop with designs I sourced from the public domain. In this post, I’ll talk about some of the graphic-design steps you’ll need to take to create your own. The Designs If you decide that a print-on-demand shop is right for...
Public Demesne: Using Archival Images to raise funds

Public Demesne: Using Archival Images to raise funds

by Allana Mayer The Concept In early January 2016, I started a fundraiser for the Society of American Archivists Mosaic Scholarship, which was made to encourage diverse entrants into the field. I wanted to contribute, but didn’t have money to spare. Instead, I created a print-on-demand store with Society6 to sell items with designs I had...
Idea Exchange: Building a Sustainable Program Suite

Idea Exchange: Building a Sustainable Program Suite

by Jaime Griffis, Director, Programming and Promotion, Idea Exchange Idea Exchange supports and inspires our community in the exploration of reading, arts, innovation and learning. One of the ways in which we strive to create an environment of curiosity and discovery is through our dynamic programming for children and teens. In order to build a sustainable...
"Library Yarns" at Falmouth Public Library

“Library Yarns” at Falmouth Public Library

This fun feature comes to us from Faith Lee, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library in Falmouth, MA. Love how this community program led to a colorful art installation that all public library visitors can enjoy! ~Laura The Library is Transformed with Kniffiti! You have to see it to believe it.  The library is bedecked...
Creative in Residence at State Library of Queensland, Australia

Creative in Residence at State Library of Queensland, Australia

This year we have the distinct pleasure of hosting updates from Dr. Matt Finch, with whom we’ve worked on a number of LAIP features, as he serves as Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland, Australia. He’s working to support the work that State Library staff do to plan and implement large-scale cultural...
Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden: We Popped!

Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden: We Popped!

by Suzy Waldo We did it! And it was spectacular. The community response was phenomenal. I watched so many people pull over just to take pictures of my branch. It was such a pleasure telling them (and seeing their surprise) that were 16 more libraries where they could see installations. The Instagram hashtag “popdesfleurs” blew up...
SPINE Festival: Libraries Out Loud! – The Final Chapter

SPINE Festival: Libraries Out Loud! – The Final Chapter

Today we welcome Maddy Sakakini from Apples & Snakes to the website, to fill us in on the SPINE Festival, which took place in libraries around London this month. ~Laura As we close the book on SPINE Festival 2016, Maddy Sakakini looks back at the fantastic programme of events in libraries across 14 London boroughs, and...
A school library makerspace with Colleen Graves

A school library makerspace with Colleen Graves

Today we have an interview with Colleen Graves, a 2016 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, and a school librarian/maker who has brought a makerspace into her school library. Enjoy! Busy morning #making, #soldering, using computers, #studying, #reading @ryan_library! #li… https://t.co/L7KRNcOKzC pic.twitter.com/hbxh9KIulh — Colleen Graves (@gravescolleen) February 29, 2016 LAIP: Tell us a little bit about...
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...
Why aren’t adults allowed to be creative?

Why aren’t adults allowed to be creative?

Adult programs tend to have a lot more to do with learning than they do with making. How do we balance the scales of creative programming to give our older patrons more opportunities to create? by Ally Blumenfeld If it seems like children typically have more fun in the library than adults do, it’s probably...
CHP in the Stacks: The Givens Collection

CHP in the Stacks: The Givens Collection

Today’s feature is brought to us by Jay Peterson from Coffee House Press’ CHP in the Stacks, the publishing company’s creative-in-residence program. One of their most recent residencies is with the Givens Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota. Part of the residency explores a wonderful and important new search tool to...