SPINE Festival: Libraries Out Loud #1

SPINE Festival: Libraries Out Loud #1

Today we have a preview of a fantastic community cultural event that is coming up in London libraries in the UK in March. The SPINE Festival seeks to engage communities with their local libraries through book and literature-inspired arts programs and experiences. We look forward to sharing a follow-up post...
The Owls Are Not What They Seem | The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library

The Owls Are Not What They Seem | The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library

This is the final installment in our video series on the Library as Incubator Project YouTube Channel in partnership with The Bubbler at Madison Public Library– and as a fitting send-off, Sean and Lucas take a look at an after-hours bash with the Wisconsin Book Festival celebrating Twin Peaks!  Enjoy! ~Erinn by Sean...
SDPL Labs: A Third Place for Creative Expression

SDPL Labs: A Third Place for Creative Expression

Our friends Monnee Tong and Uyen Tran at San Diego Public Library are the fearless teen (and tech!) advocates behind our series on the SDPL IDEA Lab.  Today, Monnee gives an overview of how the IDEA Lab works– from equipment & software, to partnerships, to staffing. Enjoy! ~Erinn by Monnee Tong The...
Featuring: Jon Kerpel

Featuring: Jon Kerpel

I’m delighted to introduce Jon Kerpel to the site today to share his work, which he considers a form of activism.  The best place to show such work and spark conversations?  The Library, of course.  Don’t miss his ideas for the ideal library space for artists! ~Erinn Library as Incubator Project (LAIP):...
Edmonton Public Library’s First Digital Public Space

Edmonton Public Library’s First Digital Public Space

More today from Rabble, the killer new startup that will create a software-as-service model for libraries to create & share their own local music collections.  Our friend Kelly Hiser kicked this series off earlier in the month (check out all of Kelly’s posts for us HERE), and today we hear from one of the pilot...
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Linkubator Friday Roundup | January 30 - February 5

Linkubator Friday Roundup | January 30 – February 5

I don’t know about you, but I am EXHAUSTED after all this week’s news! Read on to see what you may have missed in the worlds of libraries, books, art, and creativity! New features: Wonderful interview with artist Jon Kerpel, who considers his art a form of activism and admires the library as an uninhibited...
Featuring: Erin Hanson

Featuring: Erin Hanson

Today we feature Erin Hanson, a wonderful visual artist for whom books, reading, and literature play an integral role in her creative life. Enjoy! ~ Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Please introduce yourself! Who are you, and what sort of creative work do you do? Erin Hanson (EH): My name is Erin Hanson, I am a life-long painter,...
Book to Boogie: "Yo! Yes?"

Book to Boogie: “Yo! Yes?”

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...
Our "Behind the Glass" lecture at the Corning Museum of Glass

Our “Behind the Glass” lecture at the Corning Museum of Glass

Laura and I had the pleasure of visiting the Corning Museum of Glass last month in a whirlwind trip– and it was well worth it! The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY is truly astonishing as a cultural institution that works to seamlessly integrate all aspects of the craft in a single, living space.  The campus...
Linkubator Friday Roundup | January 23 - 29

Linkubator Friday Roundup | January 23 – 29

It seems like everyone’s coming out of their January reverie to create some serious buzz online with all the excellent link sharing that’s happening! Which is a long-winded way of saying that the web was hoppin’ this week, so enjoy all of our favorites. New features: Performing artist Rob Dz recorded an album in Madison...
CHP in the Stacks: Eric William Carroll

CHP in the Stacks: Eric William Carroll

Our friend and colleague Jay Peterson, who works with Coffee House Press on their CHP in the Stacks program (which facilitates writer and artist residencies in libraries and archives–super cool!) sent us this interview with photographer Eric William Carroll, a photographer and visual artist who uses archived materials in his work. Below is an excerpt from...
Featuring: Bobby Sayers

Featuring: Bobby Sayers

Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Bobby Sayers to the Library as Incubator Project. Bobby’s “We Make New” sculpture created for the Artworks in Libraries program for Scottish Book Week caught my eye and I knew he’d have some interesting perspectives to share about libraries. Enjoy! ~ Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Please introduce yourself! Who...
Rob Dz in the Media Lab | The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library

Rob Dz in the Media Lab | The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library

A new installment in our video series on the Library as Incubator Project YouTube Channel in partnership with The Bubbler at Madison Public Library.  Today, an interview with Rob Dz, who found the resources to record his first full length album at the library’s Media Lab. Enjoy! ~Erinn by Sean Ottosen and Lucas Schneider In previous posts, we’ve...
Fractal Origami and Community Art at the USC Libraries

Fractal Origami and Community Art at the USC Libraries

This story was originally posted on September 17, 2012. The USC Libraries bring us the story of a unique community art project that demonstrates the interplay of art, math, and science. Thanks to Nathan Masters for bringing this to our attention! ~ Laura With nearly 50,000 business cards, the USC Libraries recently constructed an origami model of a...
Friday Linkubator Roundup | January 16 - 22

Friday Linkubator Roundup | January 16 – 22

So many amazing things came across our computers this week, and we could not be more excited to share it all with you! Enjoy our new features and everything that tickled our fancy in this week’s roundup! New features: Another library joins the local music hosting revolution – Edmonton Public Library launches a new digital...
Featuring: Erica Harney

Featuring: Erica Harney

Today we are pleased to welcome visual artist Erica Harney to the Library as Incubator Project. Erica’s exploration of information, ideas, and social constructs is fascinating and offers an intriguing lens through which to view libraries of various kinds. Enjoy! ~ Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Please introduce yourself! Who are you, and what sort of...
Creative partnerships: Virginia Public Library & Going to Pieces Quilt Guild

Creative partnerships: Virginia Public Library & Going to Pieces Quilt Guild

Today’s feature comes to us from Virginia Public Library in Virginia, MN. The library has a partnership with a local quilt guild wherein a different quilt artist shows their work in the library each month. Library director Nancy Maxwell put us in touch with adult services librarian Susan Hoppe, who answered some questions about the...