Featuring: Independent bookbinder, Yohana Doudoux

Featuring: Independent bookbinder, Yohana Doudoux

Handbound books are artworks, and we love learning from bookbinders how they interpret the contents of a book in the cover.  Yohana Doudoux’ approach is nuanced and lovely– and her vision for an ideal library is a treat!  Enjoy. ~Erinn Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit...
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...
Fighting Back: Submit your stories of "Inclusive Creativity" to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

Fighting Back: 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...
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Linkubator Roundup: Week of October 31, 2016

Linkubator Roundup: Week of October 31, 2016

This week kicked off with the makery awesomeness of Halloween (who doesn’t love a holiday with a handmade premise?), and between news from the We Need Diverse Books universe to the Cubs winning the World Series, it just kept getting better! We’re sending you good vibes for the weekend and looking to more great features...
ARTCACHE at Columbia College Library

ARTCACHE at Columbia College Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in November 2015. How cool is this description: “part geocache, part hidden exhibit, part library scavenger hunt”? ARTCACHE, today’s featured program from the Columbia College Library in Chicago, presents an innovative way to explore a library and engage with art along the way. What a fascinating lens through...
Book to Boogie: The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings

Book to Boogie: The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings

Book to Boogie is a monthly series that pairs picture books with dance and movement activities for preschool story time. The series is curated by Kerry Aradhya of Picture Books & Pirouettes and written by a different guest writer each month. We hope that children’s librarians, as well as classroom teachers and dance educators, will...
Library Takeover at Madison Public Library: An Introduction

Library Takeover at Madison Public Library: An Introduction

by Laura Damon-Moore Over the next several months we’ll be sharing a program from the Community Engagement team at Madison Public Library in Madison, Wisconsin. Made possible by a significant grant from the Madison Public Library Foundation, and inspired by an original idea from Apples & Snakes and Half-Moon Theatre (you can read all about...
Elisa Lee & Adam Hinshaw in Residence at University of Technology Sydney Library

Elisa Lee & Adam Hinshaw in Residence at University of Technology Sydney Library

This feature first appeared on the LAIP in October 2015. We are very pleased to welcome artists Elisa Lee and Adam Hinshaw to the site today. Elisa and Adam were the 2014 artists-in-residence at the University of Technology Sydney Library (check out our writeup on Chris Gaul, UTS Library’s 2012 artist-in-residence), where the duo’s work...
3D Printed Bookmarks

3D Printed Bookmarks

by Michael Cherry, Teen & Youth Librarian Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library 3D printed bookmarks are a fun and easy project for librarians interested in 3D printing. They are a great way to introduce patrons to computer-aided design (CAD) and don’t require as many light years to 3D print. Their quirkiness will appeal to technophobes and gadget...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of October 16, 2016

Linkubator Roundup: Week of October 16, 2016

Hello, friends! It’s time to do the roundup of the best of the web this week at the intersection of libraries + creativity.  As always, we’re glad you’re here! If you’re an artist, maker or other creative person who uses the library to further your creative goals, or if you work in a library that supports...
Get your community on the same page! NEA Big Read grants available

Get your community on the same page! NEA Big Read grants available

We’re posting this on behalf of the NEA Big Read, a program through Arts Midwest. This continues to be a great platform for engaging communities around a common read (p.s.–check out the NEA Big Read’s teacher resources to find some hands-on creative projects to incorporate into your Big Read programming!). ~Laura   Application deadline: January 26,...
700s Arts Festival at RMIT University Library

700s Arts Festival at RMIT University Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in October 2015. RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia gets serious bonus points from the LAIP on the name of their fabulous arts festival, which is deliciously library-nerdy: the 700s Arts Festival! This late night kickoff event and ongoing celebration of the arts in the library is an inspiration...
The Campus Curates at Vanderbilt University Library

The Campus Curates at Vanderbilt University Library

by Celia Walker, Director of Special Projects, Vanderbilt University Libraries Vanderbilt University’s libraries revamped their exhibition program in 2010 in conjunction with a renovation to the 1941 Central Library. Inset exhibition cases were installed in the main lobby, replacing card catalogs that had not been updated for decades, along with pedestal cases in the lobby and...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of October 9, 2016

Linkubator Roundup: Week of October 9, 2016

Well, it’s Friday, and in addition to needing the weekend pronto, I also need to look back on the past week of work here at the Incubator. It was a pretty normal week of features and fun on the web, but it was also an important one: one of our writers– who chose to remain anonymous...
Quick and Dirty Marketing for Your Library's Arts Programming

Quick and Dirty Marketing for Your Library’s Arts Programming

Today’s writeup comes to us from Kristy Bowen from Columbia College Chicago Library. Kristy has some great ideas and tips for marketing your arts programming (hint: use lots of visuals!) and is applicable to public, academic, and school libraries alike! Enjoy! Laura by Kristy Bowen Planning a reading series or open-mic night among the stacks?  Hosting...