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The Idea Studio at Fond du Lac Public Library

The Idea Studio at Fond du Lac Public Library

Today we’re thrilled to host Mel Kolstad, artist and library lover, who tells us about the brand new Idea Studio at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Enjoy! by Mel Kolstad After nearly three years of planning, grant writing and building, Idea Studio is finally a reality, and Fond du Lac has its very own...
“The Wesleyan Critics:” A Film Analysis Program Premieres at North Carolina Wesleyan College

“The Wesleyan Critics:” A Film Analysis Program Premieres at North Carolina Wesleyan College

by Ian Boucher  While Web 2.0 has brought out more voices, many others nevertheless remain spectators against the vast theater of bloggers whose posts are gospel, where deciphering experts from laypeople and all the biases and emotions in between is an afterthought.  Creativity begins with voice, and, whether through individual research or discussion, a library...
An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

This post was originally published on August 14, 2014. Many libraries are finding ways to share community-created content and provide their patrons with access to exciting new writing, music, and art.  Not only do these efforts support local artists, they also create unique collections, many of them digital.  I’m excited to introduce Kelly Hiser to the...
Teen Bubbler: Showcasing Art Made by Young Adults

Teen Bubbler: Showcasing Art Made by Young Adults

One of the most documented programs on the LAIP is the Bubbler at Madison Public Library. We not only have a personal investment in the maker and creativity programming (Laura, Holly, and Erinn have all worked for Madison Public Library at some point in our careers!); we also view the multifaceted, partnership-based program as an...
Engaging Student Stakeholders with Google Cardboard at Pearsall Library: Phase One

Engaging Student Stakeholders with Google Cardboard at Pearsall Library: Phase One

by Ian Boucher  Google Cardboard is a quick and cheap technology to implement in a library, and its implications are just as fascinating. We at North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Pearsall Library ushered in 2016 with a Google Cardboard demo space, reinforcing to our students the part they can play in personally assessing the value of...
State Library of Queensland: Something Wicked This Way Comes

State Library of Queensland: Something Wicked This Way Comes

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...
"An Evening to Paint" at North Carolina Wesleyan College's Pearsall Library

“An Evening to Paint” at North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Pearsall Library

by Melissa Knox My name is Melissa Knox, and I am the Circulation Supervisor at Pearsall Library on the main campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College. “An Evening to Paint” was such a simple art project for people of all ages. While we aimed for student involvement, it quickly became a program for staff and...
The New Black & Veatch MakeSpace at the Johnson County Library

The New Black & Veatch MakeSpace at the Johnson County Library

By Bryan Voell The Johnson County (KS) Library opened its first Makerspace in 2013. At that time it was the size of a (very) small room, but with the economy of size came loads of creative potential. The demand for our two 3D printers, green screen and software-loaded Macs was so great that it quickly...
970West Studio at Mesa County Libraries

970West Studio at Mesa County Libraries

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): When did the studio open, and what was the impetus for turning the 970West Studio space into the space/resource that it is today? Bob Kretschman (BK): The Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio opened to the public in January 2016. The studio was the result of several different factors and trends,...
Reel Misfits: The First Annual Student Film Festival at North Carolina Wesleyan College

Reel Misfits: The First Annual Student Film Festival at North Carolina Wesleyan College

by Ian Boucher Hello everyone! My name is Ian Boucher, and I’m currently the Emerging Technologies and Outreach Librarian at North Carolina Wesleyan College. Every now and again I will be sharing my experiences supporting student and faculty inspiration through the college’s library. A great place to start is an event from the spring of...
LitMore Poetry Library

LitMore Poetry Library

This post was originally published on June 23 2014 by Laura Damon-Moore Several weeks ago we got a note from Christophe Casamassima (whose Poetry in Community project we featured on the website a couple of years ago) that said, “Because of the generous space you gave me two years ago on the website, we were...
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...