Head over to the HuffPost Blog to see our essay “Art Incubators: How Libraries Offer More Than Books,” which is hot off the virtual presses this week!  Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:

What is a library? A good place to go if you like stern, bun-headed women shushing you mercilessly? …Or a community center, a place to access the Internet on free public computers or to grab a cup of coffee, even a place to attend an art show, a poetry reading, or a public lecture?

Libraries do more for their communities than provide free access to books; we’re interested in how they foster lifelong learning and creativity, and how they can (and do!) incubate the arts.

Many thanks to all of our followers, contributors, and supporters for sparking great conversations, allowing us to share your work, and for your continued enthusiasm!  We’re so grateful.

And to all the new people just connecting:  Welcome!  We’re glad you’re here, and we hope you’ll consider contributing your ideas to the conversation:

Artists, tell us how your work has been nurtured by library spaces, materials, and staff!

Librarians, tell us about the programs, collections, and outreach projects at your libraries that support the arts!

We can’t wait to share your experiences!

-Erinn

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