Essays
Orphan Photos to Inspire the Arts

Orphan Photos to Inspire the Arts

On the heels of the success of Ransom Riggs’ YA novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, lots of people are interested in old photographs. Our friend Melissa Mannon– the mastermind behind the Archives Info blog– shares her perspective on orphan images as an important inspiration point for writers and artists that librarians and archivists...
Recipe for a Thriving Performing Arts Series: Part 1

Recipe for a Thriving Performing Arts Series: Part 1

We’re delighted to welcome Nick Demske back to the Library as Incubator Project for the next installment in his series of posts focusing on process and strategy librarians can use to implement excellent performing arts programs for their communities using a principle we call “Programming as Collection Development.” Nick’s work at Racine Public Library is...
The Peoples' Library: By the People, For the People

The Peoples’ Library: By the People, For the People

by Ryan Claringbole What if you not only could write the books that are checked out in a library by members of your community, but also participate in the construction of that book? The People’s Library, a collaborative project started by Mark Strandquist with Courtney Bowles and Riley Duncan, is allowing the city of Richmond, Virginia...
Librarians and community involvement as a professional competence

Librarians and community involvement as a professional competence

We’re delighted to welcome Nick Demske back to the Library as Incubator Project for the first in a series of posts focusing on process and strategy librarians can use to implement excellent performing arts programs for their communities using a principle we call “Programming as Collection Development.” Nick’s work at Racine Public Library is an...
Out of the Archives: Nappanee Public Library Fine Art Series

Out of the Archives: Nappanee Public Library Fine Art Series

This article first appeared on the Library as Incubator Project on March 15, 2012. We’re delighted to host this essay about Nappanee Public Library’s Fine Art Series by Jessica Flores, the multi-talented Nappanee Communications Specialist who is also a professional artist working in watercolor and mixed media.  Jessica often finds inspiration for her work at...
Reading, Talking, and Learning in a Prison Library

Reading, Talking, and Learning in a Prison Library

by Loesja Vigour A prison library is a strange space. It is trapped in a bubble, capable of inspiring inspiration as quickly as frustration. Sometimes a prisoners’ sense of time is warped–stretched–dragged out. What seems to them like a month waiting for a book they ordered has only been, in reality, a few days. Every...
Essay: Why You Should Pay Attention to Fandoms

Essay: Why You Should Pay Attention to Fandoms

by Katie Behrens Disclaimer: this is a HUGE topic.  I’m only barely scratching the surface.   Remember that Teen Read Week™ art contest we hosted a month ago?  Since I’m the one who coordinated it, I won’t be forgetting anytime soon! What I didn’t realize when we began was that we were unwittingly embarking on...
What we mean by "incubator"

What we mean by “incubator”

by Laura Damon-Moore This weekend, I had the opportunity to hear Sir Kenneth Robinson give the keynote lecture for the Wisconsin Science Festival. Although I had written the following essay prior to hearing his talk, I wanted to highlight a few points from his talk that I think provide context for the way we’re talking...
“A Contest of Sunbeams”: the Literary Annuals

“A Contest of Sunbeams”: the Literary Annuals

by Andrea Reithmayr I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to write a monthly column for the Incubator Project.  My goal is to expand on the information in Beauty for Commerce: Publishers’ Bindings 1830-1910 and to share my enthusiasm for this wonderful period in the history of the book. This first entry will be a...
The Library as Platypus: On the Dual Nature of the Reanimation Library

The Library as Platypus: On the Dual Nature of the Reanimation Library

by Andrew Beccone In January of this year I was invited to write a piece about the Reanimation Library for Library as Incubator. In the course of events, time got away from me and I wasn’t able to begin working on it until recently. But I encountered a problem as soon as I read the...
Engaging Online: Serial Fiction at Mid-Continent Library

Engaging Online: Serial Fiction at Mid-Continent Library

From November 2011-February 2012, we featured installments of a serialized novel called The Timely Adventures of Rachel Evans, originally published online at the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Grandview Branch Blog.  The stories were penned by a library employee, Sally S, and were peppered with links to materials in the library’s catalog having to do with time...
3 Poems By...Poetry Discussion at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

3 Poems By…Poetry Discussion at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

The 3 Poems By Discussion Group at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh developed out a program first sponsored by the Allegheny County Library Association in cooperation with the OSHER Lifelong Learning Group.  3 Poems By, now in its 5th year and going strong, is a unique model for poetry programming in public libraries of all...