Libraries
"Life on a Shelf" from Sanspointe Dance Company

“Life on a Shelf” from Sanspointe Dance Company

This post was originally published on September 4, 2013. Today, we take a glimpse at a project that celebrates the importance of libraries in our communities. Last month, the Sanspointe Dance Company in Birmingham, Alabama, presented “Life on a Shelf,” a series of dance performances touring local libraries, including branches of the Birmingham Public Library....
Hatchery Highlights: Tableaux Vivants Redux

Hatchery Highlights: Tableaux Vivants Redux

The Glasgow School of Art Library has a wonderful website, called The Hatchery, where staff document the artists and artworks that have been inspired by physical and digital library resources. Once a month we’ll repost a Hatchery Highlight from the GSA website. Special thanks to Duncan Chappell at the GSA Library for working with us on...
Alternative programming ideas with alt+library

Alternative programming ideas with alt+library

This post was originally published on August 21, 2013. When I heard Lori and Jess speak about alt+library at ALA 2013 in June, I was struck by a mention of a “Bad Art Night.” What a great way to get everyone creating art at the library, with no expectations or inhibitions! I knew that I...
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,...
SDPL Labs: Partnering with Fab Lab for Fabulous Maker Programs

SDPL Labs: Partnering with Fab Lab for Fabulous Maker Programs

Our friends Monnee Tong and Uyen Tran at San Diego Public Library are the fearless teen (and tech!) advocates behind our series on the SDPL IDEA Lab.  Today, Uyen shares their partnership with Fab Lab & how you can get involved. Enjoy! ~Erinn SDPL Labs: Partnering with Fab Lab for Fabulous Maker Programs by Uyen Tran When...
Pages to Projects: Yarn Magic

Pages to Projects: Yarn Magic

This post was originally published August 23, 2013. Our good friend Rebecca Dunn is back on the Library as Incubator Project with another great post in her popular Pages to Projects series! She shares how to incorporate elements of art education and appreciation into storytime; if you’ve been inspired by Rebecca’s projects or have used her storytime plans at your library,...
The Labs for adults: is the change all in our heads?

The Labs for adults: is the change all in our heads?

We’ve been documenting the evolution of The Labs at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh since 2012, when the project had just secured a pilot grant. It’s all grown up now, and has evolved into a thoughtful and responsive makerspace model that adds real value to to the conversation. Check out the whole series on The Labs @...
Featuring: The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman

Featuring: The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman

This post was originally published on August 7, 2013. As someone who loves both reading and climbing trees, I was thrilled to come across The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman, an installation piece at the Cleveland Public Library which was inspired by mythical objects and symbols of knowledge. Today, Mark shares his inspiration and process. -Holly Library...
Library Takeover: laying the foundation for YA-led cultural library programming

Library Takeover: laying the foundation for YA-led cultural library programming

Today we are so pleased to present this article (the first of two) on the Library Takeover program, organized by Apples and Snakes, a performance poetry group based in the UK (check out their awesome library-based SPINE Festival work in our previous series). This program pairs youth who are interested in producing events at libraries...
Upstream Arts presents "Ready for Work" programs at Hennepin County Libraries

Upstream Arts presents “Ready for Work” programs at Hennepin County Libraries

This post was originally published on August 30, 2012. The mission of Upstream Arts is to enhance the lives of adults and youth with disabilities by fostering creative communication and social independence through the power of arts education. Upstream Arts was founded in 2006 by a professional theatre artist and an educator who successfully used...
"Stop, Look, Art" at Hennepin County Library

“Stop, Look, Art” at Hennepin County Library

Today we have the pleasure of talking with Christy Mulligan, Coordinating Librarian, Community Connections, at Hennepin County Library in Minnesota. She tells us about the fabulous Stop, Look, Art project at Hennepin County Library, which takes “art in the library” a step further by carefully documenting the art and artists, in partnership with community institutions....
"Unbinding the Library" at NYC's Elastic City

“Unbinding the Library” at NYC’s Elastic City

This post was originally published July 30, 2013.  Elastic City is a Brooklyn-based non-profit arts organization that commissions emerging and established artists to create participatory walks throughout New York and around the world. These walks tend to focus less on providing factual information and more on heightening awareness, exploring senses and making new group rituals...