Introducing the Minneapolis Art Lending Library

Introducing the Minneapolis Art Lending Library

by Amelia Foster Founded in 2013, the Minneapolis Art Lending Library is a collection of about 110 pieces of original artwork that are available to the public for free, three-month loan periods. We aim to provide a new model for artists to showcase their work and build a following, while...
Featuring: Peter Erskine

Featuring: Peter Erskine

Today I’m happy to introduce Peter Erskine, an American installation artist who specializes in creating Solar Spectrum Environmental Artworks made from pure sunlight. Several of Peter’s works are installed at libraries in California and Oregon. Beyond his projects for libraries, and across the US, Erskine has installed artworks in the...
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...
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Showing Off: The Making of an Exhibit

Showing Off: The Making of an Exhibit

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in May 2016. 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...
"Controlled Accidents" at the New School's List Library

“Controlled Accidents” at the New School’s List Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in May 2016. Today we hear about an exhibition by Isabella Brandalise and Nelesi Rodriguez, Controlled Accidents, which is currently on at the New School’s List Library. Through their work they explore the interplay between act and instrument as investigated by French critic and essayist Roland Barthes. Enjoy! ~Laura...
Exploring Public Art at the Forest Park Public Library

Exploring Public Art at the Forest Park Public Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in July 2015. It’s one of our favorite public art projects to take place at a library–just in time for outdoor activities!  Today’s story (and project kit) comes to us from Elaine Luther, an artist whose work with libraries we’ve featured on the LAIP before, and Alicia Hammond,...
Loading the Cannons: May the Fourth Be With You

Loading the Cannons: May the Fourth Be With You

This post was originally published on May 21, 2015. This is a post written by Heather Dickerson, Teen Services Librarian for the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, Montana. In her series for the LAIP, “Loading the Cannons,” Heather tackles the question “what to do with young adults in a creative writing workshop?” Enjoy! ~ Laura...
Book to Boogie: "A Greyhound, a Groundhog"

Book to Boogie: “A Greyhound, a Groundhog”

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...
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 to art history, art, and...
Talk Time Artistry at Thomas Crane Public Library

Talk Time Artistry at Thomas Crane Public Library

Written with assistance from Linda Zhou For the past seven years, the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, Massachusetts has hosted English Talk Time for English Language Learners. Program participants, 150 students as well as part-time library staff and a crew of dedicated volunteers, sometimes frequent the library’s art gallery space, using the current exhibition...
PAGES TO PROJECTS: Shadow Play

PAGES TO PROJECTS: Shadow Play

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in April 2016.   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...
Book to Art Club: Updates for 2017

Book to Art Club: Updates for 2017

Today we bring you a long-overdue update on a sibling project of ours, The Book to Art Club! First things first; the Book to Art Club can now be found at a new URL: http://booktoartclub.squarespace.com/.  We are very pleased to report that the Club, now in its third year, boasts over 25 chapters with locations in...
Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds

Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds

This post and series originally appeared on the LAIP in April 2016. 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...
The Gentle Art of World Domination: Art, Occupational Therapy, and Libraries

The Gentle Art of World Domination: Art, Occupational Therapy, and Libraries

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. Matt’s visit with a class of new Occupational Therapy students demonstrates how, by bringing hands-on, participatory activities...
"Library Yarns" at Falmouth Public Library

“Library Yarns” at Falmouth Public Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in April 2016. 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...