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Idea Exchange: Come PLAY with us!

Idea Exchange: Come PLAY with us!

by Andrea Siemens, Coordinator, Youth Services, Idea Exchange PLAY! We know it builds literacy, creativity, curiosity, empathy and many other life skills. In following Idea Exchange’s vision to “create an environment of curiosity and discovery through the exploration of the arts and new technologies” our spaces needed to reflect our dedication to play and discovery based...
Hatchery Highlights: Interwoven Connections

Hatchery Highlights: Interwoven Connections

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...
Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds #3

Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds #3

by Allana Mayer In the first part of this series, I talked about why I chose public-domain images to stock a print-on-demand fundraising store. In the second part, I taught you some Photoshop and Illustrator basics to generate printable designs. In this part, I’ll talk about the logistics of print-on-demand platforms. The Store I chose Society6...
Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds #2

Public Demesne: Using Public Domain 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 Public Domain Images to raise funds

Public Demesne: Using Public Domain 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...