Teen Central at Boston Public Library

Teen Central at Boston Public Library

by Natalie C. Anderson I’m sitting with Jessi Snow, Teen Services Team Leader for The Central Branch of the Boston Public Library, in what is quite possibly the coolest place in Boston. At the risk of sounding like a big nerd, yes, it’s a library. Brand spanking new after a...
The Cycle of Creativity | Corning Museum of Glass

The Cycle of Creativity | Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum Of Glass is a special place where librarians, curators, artists, and educators all work together to share the history and craft of glass making. Rebecca Hopman’s series on her work at the CMOG’s Rakow Research Library is an excellent template for creating and sustaining the library-as-incubator. Enjoy! ~Erinn...
Fluxus Club at the Walker Art Center: Part One

Fluxus Club at the Walker Art Center: Part One

An exciting but difficult to explain art exhibition.  A series of studio workshops. A library with amazing collections just steps away…does this sound like a library-as-incubator opportunity or what?  Librarian Margit Wilson and artist Margaret Pezalla-Granlund teamed up to make the library an active art space with Fluxus Club, and we’re delighted to...
DC Punk Archive: Basement Shows & Community Archivists

DC Punk Archive: Basement Shows & Community Archivists

…the best part is that this archive is not to remember how great punk was; it is to remember how great punk is. FROM BASEMENT SHOWS TO COMMUNITY ARCHIVISTS:   ENGAGING THE PUBLIC IN THE DC PUNK ARCHIVE by Michele Casto and Bobbie Dougherty Community engagement through programs, concerts, outreach and...
The library-museum connection: Glass books and books about glass

The library-museum connection: Glass books and books about glass

We’re excited to welcome Rebecca Hopman to the site today for her first post in a new series on the incredible #libasincubator work at the Rakow Research Library at the Corning Museum of Glass.  The CMOG is a special place where librarians, curators, artists, and educators all work together to...
Featuring: Isobelle Ouzman

Featuring: Isobelle Ouzman

You may have noticed Isobelle Ouzman’s work popping up on the internet recently. Her lush altered books re-imagine fairy tale narratives in the pages of discarded books with layers of drawings and cut paper. It’s right up our alley, and we’re delighted to share her work!  Enjoy– Erinn Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell...
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Friday Linkubator Roundup | April 24 - 30

Friday Linkubator Roundup | April 24 – 30

I think we can all agree that May snuck up on us (and now spell check is telling me “snuck” isn’t a word, and I don’t know what to believe). Before we leave April completely behind, let’s check out our favorite things from this week! New features: Learn how San Diego Public Library’s IDEA Lab...
Musings on "The Artist's Library" by Nor Hall

Musings on “The Artist’s Library” by Nor Hall

Nor Hall muses on the library as an incubator, with a nod to the Library as Incubator Project and The Artist’s Library: A Field Guide, by Laura Damon-Moore and Erinn Batykefer. Hall is a Minneapolis-based psychotherapist, author, and playwright. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Opus Archives & Research Center in Santa Barbara, CA. She will return to...
An Artist Residency at Shaler North Hills Library

An Artist Residency at Shaler North Hills Library

Today we present a lovely talk with artists and library staff members from the Shaler North Hills Library in Pennsylvania. The library is starting an artist residency program developed out of a wonderful long-running program called “Art and Inspiration”. Read on for some serious inspiration on how to start up an artist residency at your own...
SDPL Labs: Arduino Aplenty

SDPL Labs: Arduino Aplenty

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 the cool intergenerational programs. Enjoy! ~Erinn by Uyen Tran We did a lot of computer programming workshops at our San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin...
Friday Linkubator Roundup | April 17 - 23

Friday Linkubator Roundup | April 17 – 23

Another week, another amazing roundup of links. Enjoy, and have a great weekend! New features: The new installment of our series on The Labs @CLP pushes a digital makerspace to be real with social issues and the lives of its teens. We loved our visit to the Corning Museum of Glass, and we’re happy to...
Tim Youd and the 100 Novels Project

Tim Youd and the 100 Novels Project

Today we present a conversation with Tim Youd, a visual and performance artist who is currently working on a fascinating project to retype 100 novels–obviously a performance piece that is very intriguing to literature lovers! Read on to hear more about the 100 Novels project and Tim’s relationship to libraries in the past and today....
Mel Kolstad's "Homage to Libraries" Project

Mel Kolstad’s “Homage to Libraries” Project

Today we welcome back a dear friend of the Library as Incubator Project, multimedia and collage artist (and library gallery curator) Melissa Kolstad! Today Mel tells us about a project-based class she led recently that’s all about personal connection to libraries – and includes the how-to in case you’re game to try this out yourself....
The Labs Goes Teen: Exploring our Social Identity

The Labs Goes Teen: Exploring our Social Identity

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 looking to take over the entire library! Check out the whole series on The Labs @ CLP.  Enjoy! ~Erinn by Amalia Kalisz Tonsor, Labs Mentor The latest chapters...
Poem in Your Pocket Day at Jefferson-Madison Regional Library System

Poem in Your Pocket Day at Jefferson-Madison Regional Library System

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in 2013. Poem in Your Pocket Day is on April 24th. Welcome to National Poem in your Pocket Day!  We’re delighted to welcome Wendy Saz to the site as part of our National Poetry Month line-up.  Wendy is the Branch Manager for Crozet Library in the...
Friday Linkubator Roundup | April 10 - 16

Friday Linkubator Roundup | April 10 – 16

Happy National Libraries Week! Where to even start?? There was SO MUCH library, art, and human goodness on the web – so let’s jump right in! New features: Book sculpture is one of our favorite things, so we just had to talk to artist Isobelle Ouzman about her work! We think you’ll love it too. We’ve...
Artist Residency at CLP Hazelwood Branch: Resident Determined Public Art

Artist Residency at CLP Hazelwood Branch: Resident Determined Public Art

This article is the fourth in a series brought to us by Edith Abeyta, who is currently participating in a yearlong artist residency at the Hazelwood Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. by Edith Abeyta It’s not unusual for artists to work in the public sphere but it is not so common for artists...
Framing Fraktur: An Expanding Celebration of Art and Culture

Framing Fraktur: An Expanding Celebration of Art and Culture

Today we welcome back Rachel Karasick, who wrote the preview post for the Framing Fraktur exhibition at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Rachel fills us in on the exhibition and larger fraktur celebration since it opened in early March. Enjoy! ~ Laura by Rachel Karasick Framing Fraktur opened at the Free Library on March 2nd, and...