Libraries
The Labs @ CLP: The Further Electrified Adventures of the CLP Music Department

The Labs @ CLP: The Further Electrified Adventures of the CLP Music Department

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...
Curious and Curiouser: The Challenges and Benefits of a Two-Year Exhibition

Curious and Curiouser: The Challenges and Benefits of a Two-Year Exhibition

by Rebecca Hopman Last month I wrote about the Rakow Research Library’s new exhibition, Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library. Curious will be open for 22 months, almost a year longer than past Library exhibitions. The longer length offers its own challenges and benefits. Challenges Many of you may be able to guess our...
Kids' Art Salon at Pasadena Central Library: Kente Cloth

Kids’ Art Salon at Pasadena Central Library: Kente Cloth

The Program by Marie Plug Leela Perea and I are colleagues in Youth Services at Pasadena Central Library. We are both passionate about art, libraries and working with children. We wanted to create a library program that would engage the minds and imaginations of children ages 7-12, while introducing them to art history, art, and...
Talk Time Artistry at Thomas Crane Public Library

Talk Time Artistry at Thomas Crane Public Library

Written with assistance from Linda Zhou For the past seven years, the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, Massachusetts has hosted English Talk Time for English Language Learners. Program participants, 150 students as well as part-time library staff and a crew of dedicated volunteers, sometimes frequent the library’s art gallery space, using the current exhibition...
Book to Art Club: Updates for 2017

Book to Art Club: Updates for 2017

Today we bring you a long-overdue update on a sibling project of ours, The Book to Art Club! First things first; the Book to Art Club can now be found at a new URL: http://booktoartclub.squarespace.com/.  We are very pleased to report that the Club, now in its third year, boasts over 25 chapters with locations in...
Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds

Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds

This post and series originally appeared on the LAIP in April 2016. 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...
The Gentle Art of World Domination: Art, Occupational Therapy, and Libraries

The Gentle Art of World Domination: Art, Occupational Therapy, and Libraries

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. Matt’s visit with a class of new Occupational Therapy students demonstrates how, by bringing hands-on, participatory activities...
"Library Yarns" at Falmouth Public Library

“Library Yarns” at Falmouth Public Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in April 2016. 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...
Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library

Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library

We’re excited to share a new series from our friend Rebecca Hopman,Outreach Librarian at The Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass, on an exciting 2-year exhibition that unearths some of the Library’s coolest items. Enjoy! ~Erinn  Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library by Rebecca Hopman Bandhu Scott Dunham wanted to...
Public Sculpting Project at Worthington Libraries

Public Sculpting Project at Worthington Libraries

Today’s feature comes to us from Lisa Fuller, Director of Community Engagement for the Worthington Libraries in Worthington, Ohio. Lisa shares a recent (and under way) public sculpting project that has been the catalyst for a new suite of creativity-focused programs at the library. Enjoy! ~Laura by Lisa Fuller Earlier this year, the Friends Foundation of...
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...