Showing Off: The Making of an Exhibit

Showing Off: The Making of an Exhibit

by Sharon Wolff It seems to me that one of the most frustrating things about working in an institution like a museum or a library is having to coax people into your institution. It can be like pulling teeth, but the best ways to do it involve things like programming...
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog

This post was originally published on May 28 2014 by Angela Terrab It’s a catalog! No, it’s a digital gallery! No, it’s both, and a resource guide to boot! The Library of Congress’s Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) is a marvel of both depth and breadth, and a must-see...
Idea Exchange: Come PLAY with us!

Idea Exchange: Come PLAY with us!

by Andrea Siemens, Coordinator, Youth Services, Idea Exchange PLAY! We know it builds literacy, creativity, curiosity, empathy and many other life skills. In following Idea Exchange’s vision to “create an environment of curiosity and discovery through the exploration of the arts and new technologies” our spaces needed to reflect our dedication...
Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds #3

Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds #3

by Allana Mayer In the first part of this series, I talked about why I chose public-domain images to stock a print-on-demand fundraising store. In the second part, I taught you some Photoshop and Illustrator basics to generate printable designs. In this part, I’ll talk about the logistics of print-on-demand platforms....
Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds #2

Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds #2

by Allana Mayer In the last post, I told you that I had started a print-on-demand shop with designs I sourced from the public domain. In this post, I’ll talk about some of the graphic-design steps you’ll need to take to create your own. The Designs If you decide that a...
Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds

Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds

by Allana Mayer The Concept In early January 2016, I started a fundraiser for the Society of American Archivists Mosaic Scholarship, which was made to encourage diverse entrants into the field. I wanted to contribute, but didn’t have money to spare. Instead, I created a print-on-demand store with Society6 to sell...
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Design of the Picture Book

Design of the Picture Book

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in 2014. Design of the Picture Book continues to be one of our favorite resources, which is why we’re thrilled to re-share this great blog today! by Angela Terrab The best book authors push boundaries, and in the realm of picture books, a lot of this exploration happens...
First Contact: Why Websites Matter to Creative Libraries

First Contact: Why Websites Matter to Creative Libraries

Today, we hear from Sharon Wolff, who has a unique perspective on a practical element of building a creative library: making a good impression online! If you want to bring creatives through your door, begin with a well-designed website. ~Erinn by Sharon Wolff This blog is all about using libraries and museums to foster a creative...
"Library Yarns" at Falmouth Public Library

“Library Yarns” at Falmouth Public Library

This fun feature comes to us from Faith Lee, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library in Falmouth, MA. Love how this community program led to a colorful art installation that all public library visitors can enjoy! ~Laura The Library is Transformed with Kniffiti! You have to see it to believe it.  The library is bedecked...
Book to Boogie: "Little White Rabbit"

Book to Boogie: “Little White Rabbit”

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...
PAGES TO PROJECTS: Shadow Play

PAGES TO PROJECTS: Shadow Play

by Rebecca Dunn  With spring comes more daylight hours, which means we get to see our shadows more often over the next several weeks! There are many entertaining children’s books that explore light and shadows (see list below), but one standout storytime winner is The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers. Rabbit finds himself in the...
Featuring: Ebony Tusks

Featuring: Ebony Tusks

by Bryan Voell What happens when libraries and the hip-hop world intersect ?  In late 2015, Martinez Hillard, front-man for the Lawrence, Kansas, hardcore hip-hop trio Ebony Tusks, was asked to contribute an original poem for a video project promoting the role Kansas libraries play in the lives of those who use and are inspired...
Creative in Residence at State Library of Queensland, Australia

Creative in Residence at State Library of Queensland, Australia

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. He’s working to support the work that State Library staff do to plan and implement large-scale cultural...
Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden: We Popped!

Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden: We Popped!

by Suzy Waldo We did it! And it was spectacular. The community response was phenomenal. I watched so many people pull over just to take pictures of my branch. It was such a pleasure telling them (and seeing their surprise) that were 16 more libraries where they could see installations. The Instagram hashtag “popdesfleurs” blew up...
Linkubator Roundup

Linkubator Roundup

Hello dear creative folks! We’ve got some great links for you today! On the site: Experience a day in the life of a teen writing group. Mover & Shaker Colleen Graves shares her school library makerspace! Read about the final chapter of the SPINE Festival! In other news: School Library Journal and Scholastic are looking...
SPINE Festival: Libraries Out Loud! – The Final Chapter

SPINE Festival: Libraries Out Loud! – The Final Chapter

Today we welcome Maddy Sakakini from Apples & Snakes to the website, to fill us in on the SPINE Festival, which took place in libraries around London this month. ~Laura As we close the book on SPINE Festival 2016, Maddy Sakakini looks back at the fantastic programme of events in libraries across 14 London boroughs, and...
A school library makerspace with Colleen Graves

A school library makerspace with Colleen Graves

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 @ryan_library! #li… https://t.co/L7KRNcOKzC pic.twitter.com/hbxh9KIulh — Colleen Graves (@gravescolleen) February 29, 2016 LAIP: Tell us a little bit about...
A day in the life of a teen writing group

A day in the life of a teen writing group

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 teens, ranging from formal workshops led by local writers to unrestricted...