Featuring Book Artist Ioulia Akhmadeeva

Featuring Book Artist Ioulia Akhmadeeva

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work. Ioulia Akhmadeeva (IA): I was born in 1971 in Krasnodar, Russia. Now I live and work in Mexico as a visual artist, working in printmaking and artist’s books. My artistic production consists in 95 group exhibitions...
VR FOR ALL SEASONS!

VR FOR ALL SEASONS!

by Ayra Sundbom and Ian Boucher Virtual reality (VR) certainly has great entertainment value, but its educational accessibility offers an even greater advantage for eager, experimenting minds. VR can enhance and deepen the learner’s experience by taking students on journeys to impossible places, like the Moon, the respiratory system, or the...
New Year's Resolution: Submit your stories of "Inclusive Creativity" to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

New Year’s Resolution: 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...
"A Place Free of Judgement": Youth Taking Over UK Libraries

“A Place Free of Judgement”: Youth Taking Over UK Libraries

by Bryan Voell On Saturday, October 29, 2016, something very cool happened in three British public libraries. Capping off several months of ambitious partnerships, teen-centered workshops and arts-based collaborations, the late October event was both a celebration of libraries and an affirmation of the power of teenagers to redefine these...
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Library Takeover at Madison Public Library: Bootcamp Complete!

Library Takeover at Madison Public Library: Bootcamp Complete!

This is the second in our series on the Library Takeover program at Madison Public Library, a project designed to commit library resources to groups of community members that want to make their ideas for free, open community events happen at the library. Read the introduction post here.  Where do we find ourselves today? In...
Book to Boogie: "Waiting for Snow"

Book to Boogie: “Waiting for Snow”

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...
Book Images Collection from the Internet Archive

Book Images Collection from the Internet Archive

This post was originally published on December 11, 2014.  Sometimes you just need some eye candy, amiright? So today we’re pointing you to a fabulous Flickr collection of book images posted by the reliably-awesome Internet Archive. The Internet Archive has so much in their collection that finding an access point can be a tad overwhelming. Luckily...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of November 27, 2016

Linkubator Roundup: Week of November 27, 2016

Wait– it’s December?  Already?  Yes friends, 2016 is drawing to a close, but there’s still plenty of enlightening and exciting arts + library goodness to cram into the end of the year. And don’t forget our open call for stories about #InclusiveCreativity! We’re working on our features for 2017 already, and with your help, we’ll be...
Welcome to Bronzeville at Milwaukee Public Library

Welcome to Bronzeville at Milwaukee Public Library

I am always on the lookout for interesting collaborations between libraries and performing arts groups. This example, inspired by Welcome to Bronzeville by First Stage and hosted by the Milwaukee Public Library, really captures the way that performing artists can create a hands-on and interactive experience for youth in the library. ~Laura Workshop description (from Milwaukee...
Guitar Lending Collection at Licking County Library

Guitar Lending Collection at Licking County Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in December 2014. by Laura Damon-Moore Licking County (OH) Library card holders can now check out a guitar from the library! The new guitar collection launched in mid-December, Barbary Sanderson tells us, and there’s already a waitlist forming on the six guitars. Barbary, who is a Teen Services...
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 about yourself and your work....
Artist at Work Program at Kitchener Public Library

Artist at Work Program at Kitchener Public Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in December 2015. Today we welcome Stephanie Schmalz from Kitchener Public Library in Kitchener, Ontario, to the site to share some information about the library’s Artist at Work demonstration program. This program, which has been part of the library’s programming collection for fourteen years, is a great example...
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 theatres to dance companies, that...
The Labs @ CLP: The relationships that connect youth and libraries

The Labs @ CLP: The relationships that connect youth and libraries

Sienna Cittadino began her work at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh a couple of years back as a volunteer during Labs programming at CLP – East Liberty. She immediately displayed an easy-going way of interacting with youth and working alongside them as they explored their creative side, which helped her to get the job as Labs...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of November 13, 2016

Linkubator Roundup: Week of November 13, 2016

Hail, Incubator friends! It’s Friday again, which means it’s time to review the best of the creative internet and re-visit the library-as-incubator stories we shared on the site this week.  If you know of library/arts programs that aim to engage and support marginalized or at-risk communities in the post-election atmosphere, please check out our Call for...
Make It Take It Kits at Meridian District Library

Make It Take It Kits at Meridian District Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in November 2014. If you’ve heard us speak at a conference or staff training, you know that the LAIP team is big on finding innovative ways to facilitate maker activities and programs even if your library does not have a traditional, permanent “makerspace.” Meridian District Library in Idaho...