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Out of the Archives: The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman

Out of the Archives: The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman

This feature originally ran on August 7th, 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 as...
Art at APL: Transforming a Neighborhood Branch into a Gallery Space

Art at APL: Transforming a Neighborhood Branch into a Gallery Space

A wonderful way that libraries can function as an incubator for the arts is by providing space for artists to show their work. This article from Albany (NY) Public Library presents a great example of how the library-as-gallery can bring a community and the arts together. Enjoy! ~ Laura by Deanna DiCarlo One of the best...
An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

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 site today to share her work on one such...
Type Rider II and a Poetry Picnic

Type Rider II and a Poetry Picnic

by Laura Damon-Moore This spring I was presented with a unique opportunity in my capacity as Assistant Director (with a focus on programming and outreach) for the small-but-mighty Eager Free Public Library in Evansville, Wisconsin. In 2013-2014 Evansville became home to fifteen Little Free Libraries as part of a family literacy partnership of the Evansville Community...
Poetry in the Stacks - call for submissions!

Poetry in the Stacks – call for submissions!

by Laura Damon-Moore Today we’re excited to share a new web publication with you that features poetry inspired by libraries, many of them written by librarian-poets. Poetry in the Stacks is a new publication started by a friend of ours, Erin Lorandos, who contributed a kit to the Library as Incubator Project waaaay at the...
Literary Lots: Creating the Aquatic Lot

Literary Lots: Creating the Aquatic Lot

Literary Lots is back!  Last year, we showcased the first year of this Cleveland-based program, which re-purposes abandoned spaces in order to bring art and literacy programs to the city’s kids in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library. Today, we get the scoop on what went into designing this year’s lot from staff artist, Julia Kuo. Enjoy! ~Erinn Literary Lots: Creating...
Bubbler in the Neighborhood Libraries

Bubbler in the Neighborhood Libraries

A new installment in our new series on The Bubbler at Madison Public Library!  We’ve worked closely with Trent Miller and the Bubbler crew as partners on their NEA Our Town grant, and we’re delighted to introduce this exciting programming model to the library world in a series of videos here and on out Library as Incubator...
On View at the San Diego Public Library: Booked for the Evening

On View at the San Diego Public Library: Booked for the Evening

Kara West is the Arts and Culture Exhibition Manager at the San Diego Public Library. She returns to the Library as Incubator Project today with a new installment in our series on SDPL’s effort to create a civic center for art with their new Central library and their plans for an exhibition program that will bring art...
Artist Residency at CLP Hazelwood Branch

Artist Residency at CLP Hazelwood Branch

Today we are so pleased to welcome artist Edith Abeyta to the Library as Incubator Project. Edith and her collaborator, Darnell Chambers, are just beginning a year as artists-in-residence at the Hazelwood branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Edith and Darnell will document their residency with quarterly posts for the Incubator Project. Enjoy! ~ Laura by...
Book Craft at Greenfield Public Library

Book Craft at Greenfield Public Library

We’re delighted to welcome Hannah Fjeld to the site today to share a story about her effort to make exciting, cost-effective adult programs a reality at the Greenfield Public Library.  Read on to learn more about how she took discarded books and turned them into a successful workshop series! Cheers– Erinn by Hannah Fjeld Greenfield...
Mini Maker Faire at Kent State University Libraries

Mini Maker Faire at Kent State University Libraries

by Laura Damon-Moore Maker culture continues to be integrated into the everyday workings of public, school, and academic libraries, as demonstrated by today’s feature. Lots of libraries around the world are hosting Maker Faires in conjunction with community partners, and we’re thrilled to present one example of a Mini Maker Faire at Kent State University...
Library as Incubator Project in the Bubbler: Packing Up

Library as Incubator Project in the Bubbler: Packing Up

And just like that, our artist residency at the Bubbler at Madison Public Library is over! 8 weeks after moving in our supplies and ourselves, we are packing up and clearing the space for the incoming artist, who arrives in early July. Here we are sharing some photos from the second part of our residency,...