Literary Lots: Literacy and Community Engagement

Literary Lots: Literacy and Community Engagement

Literary Lots is a Cleveland-based program that re-purposes abandoned spaces in order to bring art and literacy programs to the city’s kids in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library. This year’s Literary Lots effort brought together new partners and a fabulous under the sea theme.  Today, Felton Thomas Jr, CPL’s Director,...
An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

Many libraries are finding ways to share community-created content and provide their patrons with access to exciting new writing, music, and art.  Not only do these efforts support local artists, they also create unique collections, many of them digital.  I’m excited to introduce Kelly Hiser to the site today to share...
Featuring: Purgatory Pie Press

Featuring: Purgatory Pie Press

This post was originally featured on May 15, 2012. The Library as Incubator Project is pleased to feature this interview with Esther K. Smith and Dikko Faust, the founders of NYC-based Purgatory Pie Press. Here they answer some questions about their use of libraries, and how libraries can work even...
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The Book to Art Club, Year 2!

The Book to Art Club, Year 2!

We at the LaIP spent most of our time at the ALA Annual Conference this summer talking about our Book to Art Club, and we’re so very excited to be back after a summer hiatus! This month’s featured title is Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead, which draws heavily on the work of Georges Seurat and his technique...
Type Rider II and a Poetry Picnic

Type Rider II and a Poetry Picnic

by Laura Damon-Moore This spring I was presented with a unique opportunity in my capacity as Assistant Director (with a focus on programming and outreach) for the small-but-mighty Eager Free Public Library in Evansville, Wisconsin. In 2013-2014 Evansville became home to fifteen Little Free Libraries as part of a family literacy partnership of the Evansville Community...
Art + Library Picnic with the LAIP

Art + Library Picnic with the LAIP

Last Thursday Katie and Laura from the Library as Incubator Project got to take the show on the road to the Twin Cities! The awesome staff at the Walker Art Center invited us to present a program at Open Field, the Walker’s summertime outdoor art venue and program series. Art “picnics” are popular with the...
Linkubator Sunday Roundup | August 3 - 9

Linkubator Sunday Roundup | August 3 – 9

Don’t be fooled by how quiet we’ve been the last few weeks.  We’re cooking up some good stuff for you, and we can’t wait to share it! New features: A perfect fit for the Book to Boogie series on incorporating movement into storytime: I Got the Rhythm! Project news: Our friend Erin Lorandos is seeking...
Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced coming this Sept!

Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced coming this Sept!

When this press release came through our inbox, I knew it was worth more than a tweet.  See if your library is participating, or ask your library to get in on the action! ~Katie From the website: Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced is a weeklong celebration to reconnect you with the creativity, technology, discovery and all...
Poetry in the Stacks - call for submissions!

Poetry in the Stacks – call for submissions!

by Laura Damon-Moore Today we’re excited to share a new web publication with you that features poetry inspired by libraries, many of them written by librarian-poets. Poetry in the Stacks is a new publication started by a friend of ours, Erin Lorandos, who contributed a kit to the Library as Incubator Project waaaay at the...
Book to Boogie: "I Got the Rhythm"

Book to Boogie: “I Got the Rhythm”

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...
Linkubator Sunday Roundup | July 27 - August 2

Linkubator Sunday Roundup | July 27 – August 2

The week has come and gone, but not without exciting announcements and new things in the world of libraries and art!  What’s been going on in your world? New features: More ways to incorporate art-making and creativity with your neighborhood Little Free Library! There are tons of image collections on the web featuring gorgeous, vintage...
Fantastic Friday: Beautiful, Vintage Book Covers

Fantastic Friday: Beautiful, Vintage Book Covers

Fantastic Friday is a bimonthly series wherein we dig up little treasure troves of digital collections and artistic resources on a single topic for your viewing pleasure.  Find your next favorite artistic inspiration here! ~Katie There are so, so, so many images of beautiful, vintage book covers on the internet (seriously, just Google it).  Here...
Out of the Archives: Playbods, an interactive art program for families

Out of the Archives: Playbods, an interactive art program for families

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in September 2012. The Library as Incubator Project is pleased to welcome Bryony Pritchard and Kim Glassby to the site today. Together Bryony and Kim form Playbods, a program that engages participants in exploring different art forms, from dance and movement to storytelling and visual...
Spark: Little Free Library #5

Spark: Little Free Library #5

Spark: Little Free Library is a post series that’s all about making art, making stories, even making performances based on Little Libraries. Some of our exercises and ideas are related to the stuff that’s in the Little Libraries. Others are tied to the libraries themselves. But either way, we hope you’ll find a Little Library close to you (or far!)...
Linkubator Sunday Roundup | July 20 - 26

Linkubator Sunday Roundup | July 20 – 26

Hello art + book lovers!  We’re back with some of our favorite finds of the week.  Hope you enjoy them and spread them around! New features: Musician & former librarian Brendan McCarty talks to us about his experience recording an album in the library. Writer Ander Monson is a self-proclaimed library-haunter.  Find out more in...