The Labs @ CLP: The Further Electrified Adventures of the CLP Music Department

The Labs @ CLP: The Further Electrified Adventures of the CLP Music Department

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...
Curious and Curiouser: The Challenges and Benefits of a Two-Year Exhibition

Curious and Curiouser: The Challenges and Benefits of a Two-Year Exhibition

by Rebecca Hopman Last month I wrote about the Rakow Research Library’s new exhibition, Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library. Curious will be open for 22 months, almost a year longer than past Library exhibitions. The longer length offers its own challenges and benefits. Challenges Many of you may...
Kids' Art Salon at Pasadena Central Library: Kente Cloth

Kids’ Art Salon at Pasadena Central Library: Kente Cloth

The Program by Marie Plug Leela Perea and I are colleagues in Youth Services at Pasadena Central Library. We are both passionate about art, libraries and working with children. We wanted to create a library program that would engage the minds and imaginations of children ages 7-12, while introducing them...
Latest entries
Ark: immersive short story shows in library spaces

Ark: immersive short story shows in library spaces

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in April 2016. It’s our pleasure to welcome Ellen Wiles, founder of Ark Short Stories, to the site today, to talk about her project to bring short stories to life–in library spaces, of course! Read on! ~Laura by Ellen Wiles What happens when short stories spring out of their...
Book to Boogie: "We're All Wonders"

Book to Boogie: “We’re All Wonders”

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...
Public Sculpting Project at Worthington Libraries

Public Sculpting Project at Worthington Libraries

Today’s feature comes to us from Lisa Fuller, Director of Community Engagement for the Worthington Libraries in Worthington, Ohio. Lisa shares a recent (and under way) public sculpting project that has been the catalyst for a new suite of creativity-focused programs at the library. Enjoy! ~Laura by Lisa Fuller Earlier this year, the Friends Foundation of...
A day in the life of a teen writing group

A day in the life of a teen writing group

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in March 2016. Writing in a library means that participants have gone out of their comfort zone to perform an intimate act of creation among both friends and strangers. It’s really quite brave! by Ally Blumenfeld All across the country, libraries are offering writing programs for adults and...
Why aren’t adults allowed to be creative?

Why aren’t adults allowed to be creative?

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in March 2016. Adult programs tend to have a lot more to do with learning than they do with making. How do we balance the scales of creative programming to give our older patrons more opportunities to create? by Ally Blumenfeld If it seems like children typically have...
The Labs @ CLP: New Mentors and Training with Badges

The Labs @ CLP: New Mentors and Training with Badges

In the last few months we’ve experienced a complete turnover of our team of Labs Mentors. Two have moved on to full-time Teen Specialist gigs at weekly Labs locations (Jesse as a Teen Specialist at CLP – Main, Teen Department and Sienna as a Teen Librarian at CLP – Allegheny) where their skills as Labs...
The Arizona Songwriters Gathering at Glendale Public Library

The Arizona Songwriters Gathering at Glendale Public Library

Today we talk with Ivy Jarvis, a librarian for the Glendale Public Library in Glendale, AZ, and an organizer for the Arizona Songwriters Gathering, an annual event that takes advantage of the library’s indoor and outdoor community spaces. Enjoy! ~Laura Check out the full press release for the gathering Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): What was...
A school library makerspace with Colleen Graves

A school library makerspace with Colleen Graves

This post was originally posted on the LAIP in March 2016. It remains one of our most popular! Today we have an interview with Colleen Graves, a 2016 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, and a school librarian/maker who has brought a makerspace into her school library. Enjoy! Busy morning #making, #soldering, using computers, #studying, #reading...
Library Tips in Movie Clips

Library Tips in Movie Clips

by Ian Boucher I became a librarian to apply my knowledge and skills in media studies and production toward information literacy education. This semester, at a time when the importance of reliable information is more apparent than ever, I took a cue from popular online culture in the tradition of videos like CinemaSins to create a...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of March 4 - 10

Linkubator Roundup: Week of March 4 – 10

Welp, the NEA and the NEH are on the chopping block in the current budget bill in Congress.  Did we mention the utter idiocy of cutting necessary, creative economy-generating programs in order to salvage LITERALLY A FRACTION OF A PERCENT OF THE BUDGET? LIKE, .02%? That’s 46 cents per capita. And as far as I know,...
Librarian-Artists Celebrated With Unique Exhibit

Librarian-Artists Celebrated With Unique Exhibit

by Bryan Voell Pique Gallery, an “open ended art experiment” located in Covington, Kentucky, recently exhibited work created by librarians that focused on the intersections between art, creativity, information and libraries. We spoke with Pique co-manager Annie Brown about the ideas and questions that helped shape this exhibit. Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): What was...
Libraries are for everyone: featuring Rebecca McCorkindale

Libraries are for everyone: featuring Rebecca McCorkindale

We first spoke with Rebecca a couple years ago about her artistic and creative endeavors, but we knew that we had to talk to her again once we saw her AMAZING Libraries are for Everyone images! Enjoy! -Holly LAIP: What has changed in your artistic or library life since the last time we spoke? Wow! What...