Libraries
A day in the life of a teen writing group

A day in the life of a teen writing group

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in March 2016. 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...
Why aren’t adults allowed to be creative?

Why aren’t adults allowed to be creative?

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in March 2016. 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...
The Labs @ CLP: New Mentors and Training with Badges

The Labs @ CLP: New Mentors and Training with Badges

In the last few months we’ve experienced a complete turnover of our team of Labs Mentors. Two have moved on to full-time Teen Specialist gigs at weekly Labs locations (Jesse as a Teen Specialist at CLP – Main, Teen Department and Sienna as a Teen Librarian at CLP – Allegheny) where their skills as Labs...
A school library makerspace with Colleen Graves

A school library makerspace with Colleen Graves

This post was originally posted on the LAIP in March 2016. It remains one of our most popular! 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...
Library Tips in Movie Clips

Library Tips in Movie Clips

by Ian Boucher I became a librarian to apply my knowledge and skills in media studies and production toward information literacy education. This semester, at a time when the importance of reliable information is more apparent than ever, I took a cue from popular online culture in the tradition of videos like CinemaSins to create a...
Libraries are for everyone: featuring Rebecca McCorkindale

Libraries are for everyone: featuring Rebecca McCorkindale

We first spoke with Rebecca a couple years ago about her artistic and creative endeavors, but we knew that we had to talk to her again once we saw her AMAZING Libraries are for Everyone images! Enjoy! -Holly LAIP: What has changed in your artistic or library life since the last time we spoke? Wow! What...
Makerspace Mondays: a public & school library partnership

Makerspace Mondays: a public & school library partnership

Today we feature Holly Fuhrman, school librarian at Shiloh Middle School in Maryland, who talks with us about a very cool close partnership between Carroll County Public Schools and Carroll County Public Library. One project out of that partnership is a new Makerspace Monday program, which launched this year. ~Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP):...
Submit your stories of "Inclusive Creativity" to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

Submit your stories of “Inclusive Creativity” to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

We at believe libraries are a place to connect and create. Since we launched in 2011, the Library as Incubator Project has worked to share inspiring stories of how libraries can bring communities together around the shared experience and practice of creativity– whether through formal arts or craft programs, makerspaces, or free exhibitions and performances. We...
CHP in the Stacks: The Givens Collection

CHP in the Stacks: The Givens Collection

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in February 2016. 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...
Archive / Improv by Paul Sunday at Mid-Manhattan Library

Archive / Improv by Paul Sunday at Mid-Manhattan Library

Today’s feature comes to us from visual artist Paul Sunday, whose exhibition titled Archive / Improv is installed in The Picture Collection at the NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library. Thanks to Mid-Manhattan Library’s Curator and Art Librarian Arezoo Moseni for her help in assembling this feature. ~Laura A visit to the library, a solo exhibition by Paul Sunday...
Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in January 2016.  by Suzy Waldo After over a decade of working in libraries, I have embraced the idea that sometimes the best projects happen totally by accident. Early in January 2015, my friend and fellow South Side Community Council member Jennifer Holliman asked me if Carnegie Library of...
The Labs @ CLP: The Music Department Gets Seriously Synthesized

The Labs @ CLP: The Music Department Gets Seriously Synthesized

The Labs program launched in 2012 with a focus on a teen audience and while teens are still the focus of The Labs we’ve been looking for opportunities to engage other age groups across the Library. While Tara’s project is not a Labs project it is certainly in keeping with the experiential and experimental nature...