SDPL Labs: Partnering with Fab Lab for Fabulous Maker Programs

SDPL Labs: Partnering with Fab Lab for Fabulous Maker Programs

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, Uyen shares their partnership with Fab Lab & how you can get involved. Enjoy! ~Erinn SDPL Labs: Partnering with Fab Lab for Fabulous Maker...
The Labs for adults: is the change all in our heads?

The Labs for adults: is the change all in our heads?

We’ve been documenting the evolution of The Labs at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh since 2012, when the project had just secured a pilot grant. It’s all grown up now, and has evolved into a thoughtful and responsive makerspace model that adds real value to to the conversation. Check out the whole...
Exploring Public Art at the Forest Park Public Library

Exploring Public Art at the Forest Park Public Library

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, Community Engagement Librarian at the Forest Park Public Library in Illinois. Elaine and Alicia give us the scoop on the process of installation a...
Anatomy of an art controversy: Mike Lroy’s “Don’t Shoot” at Madison Public Library

Anatomy of an art controversy: Mike Lroy’s “Don’t Shoot” at Madison Public Library

This post was originally published May 19, 2015 on tonemadison.com and is re-published on the Library as Incubator Project with permission from Tone Madison. Pull quotes here were chosen by LAIP editors.  Read the original article.  Anatomy of an art controversy: Mike Lroy’s “Don’t Shoot” The absurdity of reducing a...
Fluxus Club at the Walker Art Center: Part Three

Fluxus Club at the Walker Art Center: Part Three

Librarian Margit Wilson and artist Margaret Pezalla-Granlund teamed up to make the Walker Art Center’s library an active art space with Fluxus Club, and we’re delighted to host a new series on their work at the Walker Art Center. This is part 3; read the whole series here. Enjoy! ~Erinn...
"The Challenge of Painting" at Mid-Manhattan Library: An interview with Susan Bee

“The Challenge of Painting” at Mid-Manhattan Library: An interview with Susan Bee

Today, Rebecca Rubenstein interviews the artist behind of a new show at NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library, where artist and librarian Arezoo Moseni regularly curates shows of community artists.  Don’t miss Rebecca’s other posts on library-as-incubator happenings in the NYC area! ~Erinn by Rebecca Rubenstein Susan Bee’s work brings a distinct style and pushes the boundaries of what a single...
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Friday Linkubator Roundup | July 24 - August 6

Friday Linkubator Roundup | July 24 – August 6

This is a special TWO WEEK edition of the Linkubator Roundup… only because I was away from my computer last week. But still! It’s special, I tell you! New features: This isn’t just a feature on a public art piece, it’s also a tutorial! Artist Elaine Luther shows us what she did at the Forest...
Library Takeover: laying the foundation for YA-led cultural library programming

Library Takeover: laying the foundation for YA-led cultural library programming

Today we are so pleased to present this article (the first of two) on the Library Takeover program, organized by Apples and Snakes, a performance poetry group based in the UK (check out their awesome library-based SPINE Festival work in our previous series). This program pairs youth who are interested in producing events at libraries...
Book to Boogie: "The Bus is for Us"

Book to Boogie: “The Bus is for Us”

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...
Featuring: Tom Bevan

Featuring: Tom Bevan

This post was originally published on August 2, 2013. We’re excited to share the work of Tom Bevan on the site today– a new addition to our growing catalog of library workers who double as artists, and who use the library as direct inspiration to their work.  Tom’s most recent piece scrutinizes the digital shift...
Upstream Arts presents "Ready for Work" programs at Hennepin County Libraries

Upstream Arts presents “Ready for Work” programs at Hennepin County Libraries

This post was originally published on August 30, 2012. The mission of Upstream Arts is to enhance the lives of adults and youth with disabilities by fostering creative communication and social independence through the power of arts education. Upstream Arts was founded in 2006 by a professional theatre artist and an educator who successfully used...
"Stop, Look, Art" at Hennepin County Library

“Stop, Look, Art” at Hennepin County Library

Today we have the pleasure of talking with Christy Mulligan, Coordinating Librarian, Community Connections, at Hennepin County Library in Minnesota. She tells us about the fabulous Stop, Look, Art project at Hennepin County Library, which takes “art in the library” a step further by carefully documenting the art and artists, in partnership with community institutions....
"Unbinding the Library" at NYC's Elastic City

“Unbinding the Library” at NYC’s Elastic City

This post was originally published July 30, 2013.  Elastic City is a Brooklyn-based non-profit arts organization that commissions emerging and established artists to create participatory walks throughout New York and around the world. These walks tend to focus less on providing factual information and more on heightening awareness, exploring senses and making new group rituals...
Figure/Ground at the Cleveland Public Library

Figure/Ground at the Cleveland Public Library

This post was originally published July 2012. by Erinn Batykefer Cleveland Public Library’s See Also program is an innovative partnership with LAND Studio that brings a rotating suite of contemporary art installations to the library’s Eastman Reading Garden.  See Also is a clever pun that plays on a reference cataloging term; if you find it on a...
Friday Linkubator Roundup | July 17 - 23

Friday Linkubator Roundup | July 17 – 23

So how’s everybody doing out there? It’s hotter’n’heck where I’m sitting, but at least there are books and the ever-interesting interwebs. And things were certainly hopping out there! Enjoy this week’s best links and frivolities. New features: Madison Public Library, one of our strongest library connections, was the center of a public art controversy, and we...
Update: The Book to Art Club

Update: The Book to Art Club

Today we’re giving a quick update about the Book to Art Club, a sister project to the Library as Incubator Project that combines art-making with the tried-and-true library book discussion group. Since the Book to Art Club started in 2014, we’ve had 11 chapters (and counting!) spring up at public, school, and academic libraries all...
Program Kit: Blacklight Painting for Young Adults

Program Kit: Blacklight Painting for Young Adults

by Laura Damon-Moore I coordinate the summer programs for kids and young adults at Eager Free Public Library in Evansville, Wisconsin. This summer we ended up with an eclectic assortment of hands-on activities for young adults (mainly middle school students), from Cupcake Wars to Mega Games Day to a Maker Day with squishy circuits, ArtBots,...
Scottish Poetry Library

Scottish Poetry Library

The Scottish Poetry Library is a remarkable place: something magical in the light, the disposition of the building, the acoustics, the ghosts of dead (but silently approving poets) and the astonishingly lovely and efficient staff. This never fails. I am gob-smacked by it: I have never known anywhere like it. ~Helena Nelson, poet and publisher,...