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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...
The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library

The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library

We’ve chatted with the crew at Mid-Continent Public Library before, particularly for a series about their serial fiction project, “The Timely Adventures of Rachel Evans”. Today we’re talking with Andie Paloutzian, Story Center Program Manager, who fills us in on the fantastic suite of resources and programs for writers known as the Story Center. Thank...
Detour by Anne Wu at Mid-Manhattan Library

Detour by Anne Wu at Mid-Manhattan Library

Today’s feature comes to us from visual artist Anne Wu, whose work titled Detour is installed in The Corner Room at the NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library. Thanks to Curator and Art Librarian Arezoo Moseni for her help in assembling this feature. ~Laura by Anne Wu Situated in the street-level vitrines flanking the main entrance to the...
VR FOR ALL SEASONS!

VR FOR ALL SEASONS!

by Ayra Sundbom and Ian Boucher Virtual reality (VR) certainly has great entertainment value, but its educational accessibility offers an even greater advantage for eager, experimenting minds. VR can enhance and deepen the learner’s experience by taking students on journeys to impossible places, like the Moon, the respiratory system, or the inside of a cell. Libraries,...
Aesthetics of Research at Columbia College Library

Aesthetics of Research at Columbia College Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in December 2015. Today’s feature comes to us from Kristy Bowen, Co-Curator of the Aesthetics of Research project at Columbia College Library in Chicago. We were so excited to hear about this project, which explores the library as an incubator for creativity through exhibitions, events, and other “shenanigans”...
State Library of Queensland: Sing Me a Library

State Library of Queensland: Sing Me a Library

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. Today Matt fills us in on a number of music-focused, library-incubated projects and explores ways that libraries...
Our Favorite Things: Art & Activism

Our Favorite Things: Art & Activism

It’s time for a few Favorite Things posts, an annual series where we pull together a set of posts from the past year under a specific topic. To our minds, libraries are (and should be) activist spaces and we see the arts and creativity programming as one way to engage communities in meaningful, thought-provoking, and...
Library Takeover at Madison Public Library: Bootcamp Complete!

Library Takeover at Madison Public Library: Bootcamp Complete!

This is the second in our series on the Library Takeover program at Madison Public Library, a project designed to commit library resources to groups of community members that want to make their ideas for free, open community events happen at the library. Read the introduction post here.  Where do we find ourselves today? In...
Welcome to Bronzeville at Milwaukee Public Library

Welcome to Bronzeville at Milwaukee Public Library

I am always on the lookout for interesting collaborations between libraries and performing arts groups. This example, inspired by Welcome to Bronzeville by First Stage and hosted by the Milwaukee Public Library, really captures the way that performing artists can create a hands-on and interactive experience for youth in the library. ~Laura Workshop description (from Milwaukee...
Guitar Lending Collection at Licking County Library

Guitar Lending Collection at Licking County Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in December 2014. by Laura Damon-Moore Licking County (OH) Library card holders can now check out a guitar from the library! The new guitar collection launched in mid-December, Barbary Sanderson tells us, and there’s already a waitlist forming on the six guitars. Barbary, who is a Teen Services...
Artist at Work Program at Kitchener Public Library

Artist at Work Program at Kitchener Public Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in December 2015. Today we welcome Stephanie Schmalz from Kitchener Public Library in Kitchener, Ontario, to the site to share some information about the library’s Artist at Work demonstration program. This program, which has been part of the library’s programming collection for fourteen years, is a great example...
smARTpass: Checking out arts and cultural programming

smARTpass: Checking out arts and cultural programming

Minnesota-based MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) launched a new program in September that provides equitable access for their users to a wide variety of local arts and cultural programs and events. SmARTpass is an online portal of arts and culture offers, posted by arts organizations ranging from history museums to theatres to dance companies, that...