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Makerspace Mondays: a public & school library partnership

Makerspace Mondays: a public & school library partnership

Today we feature Holly Fuhrman, school librarian at Shiloh Middle School in Maryland, who talks with us about a very cool close partnership between Carroll County Public Schools and Carroll County Public Library. One project out of that partnership is a new Makerspace Monday program, which launched this year. ~Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP):...
Submit your stories of "Inclusive Creativity" to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

Submit your stories of “Inclusive Creativity” to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

We at believe libraries are a place to connect and create. Since we launched in 2011, the Library as Incubator Project has worked to share inspiring stories of how libraries can bring communities together around the shared experience and practice of creativity– whether through formal arts or craft programs, makerspaces, or free exhibitions and performances. We...
CHP in the Stacks: The Givens Collection

CHP in the Stacks: The Givens Collection

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in February 2016. Today’s feature is brought to us by Jay Peterson from Coffee House Press’ CHP in the Stacks, the publishing company’s creative-in-residence program. One of their most recent residencies is with the Givens Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota. Part of the...
Archive / Improv by Paul Sunday at Mid-Manhattan Library

Archive / Improv by Paul Sunday at Mid-Manhattan Library

Today’s feature comes to us from visual artist Paul Sunday, whose exhibition titled Archive / Improv is installed in The Picture Collection at the NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library. Thanks to Mid-Manhattan Library’s Curator and Art Librarian Arezoo Moseni for her help in assembling this feature. ~Laura A visit to the library, a solo exhibition by Paul Sunday...
Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in January 2016.  by Suzy Waldo After over a decade of working in libraries, I have embraced the idea that sometimes the best projects happen totally by accident. Early in January 2015, my friend and fellow South Side Community Council member Jennifer Holliman asked me if Carnegie Library of...
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...