Posts tagged "Community Engagement"
Featuring: FORGE at Kenton County Public Library

Featuring: FORGE at Kenton County Public Library

Today we’re thrilled to welcome Ann Schoenenberger, Digital Branch Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library in Kentucky. Ann is part of the visioning and implementing team for FORGE, a community makerspace and embedded library. Today Ann fills us in on the idea behind FORGE and shares some tips for librarians looking to facilitate responsive...
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,...
"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...
Our Favorite Things: Art & Activism

Our Favorite Things: Art & Activism

It’s time for a few Favorite Things posts, an annual series where we pull together a set of posts from the past year under a specific topic. To our minds, libraries are (and should be) activist spaces and we see the arts and creativity programming as one way to engage communities in meaningful, thought-provoking, and...
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...
Library Takeover at Madison Public Library: An Introduction

Library Takeover at Madison Public Library: An Introduction

by Laura Damon-Moore Over the next several months we’ll be sharing a program from the Community Engagement team at Madison Public Library in Madison, Wisconsin. Made possible by a significant grant from the Madison Public Library Foundation, and inspired by an original idea from Apples & Snakes and Half-Moon Theatre (you can read all about...
Community Novel Project at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Community Novel Project at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Bryan Voell is the Local Arts Librarian for the Johnson County Library in Johnson County, Kansas. He is a regular contributor to the LAIP, where he writes about innovative library arts programming and projects. Enjoy! ~ Laura by Bryan Voell Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s Community Novel Project pretty much epitomizes library-initiated collaborative creativity. We...
Library Takeover: Plans become reality for youth-led cultural programs

Library Takeover: Plans become reality for youth-led cultural programs

Today we are so pleased to present this article (the second of two – read part one here) 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...
TimeQuest: playful, interactive games at Auckland Libraries

TimeQuest: playful, interactive games at Auckland Libraries

Today’s feature comes to us from educator and library program developer Matt Finch, who blogs about his work over at The Signal in Transition. The project we’re sharing today is TimeQuest, a playful, highly interactive program that Matt developed in partnership with library staff members at the public libraries and other community partners in Auckland,...
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...
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 volunteer involvement has been a...
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...