Posts tagged "Community Partnership"
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 also cultivating a new audience...
The Tiny House Festival at Lawrence Public Library

The Tiny House Festival at Lawrence Public Library

Last fall, some colleagues of mine at the Madison Public Library put together a housing resource fair to extend on themes discussed in Matthew Desmond’s book, Evicted, which was the Go Big Read book for the UW-Madison and wider Madison community. One of the coolest things they highlighted during the resource fair was a Tiny House...
Makerspace Mondays: a public & school library partnership

Makerspace Mondays: a public & school library partnership

Today we feature Holly Fuhrman, school librarian at Shiloh Middle School in Maryland, who talks with us about a very cool close partnership between Carroll County Public Schools and Carroll County Public Library. One project out of that partnership is a new Makerspace Monday program, which launched this year. ~Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP):...
Writing Consults at Whistler Public Library

Writing Consults at Whistler Public Library

Today’s feature comes to us from Jeanette Bruce, Program Coordinator at Whistler Public Library in Whistler, British Columbia. Jeanette coordinates a program for the library (in partnership with Simon Fraser University) called SFU Writing Studio’s Writing Consults. These free one-on-one consultations provide local writers with the opportunity to talk with a professional writer about their...
Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in January 2016.  by Suzy Waldo After over a decade of working in libraries, I have embraced the idea that sometimes the best projects happen totally by accident. Early in January 2015, my friend and fellow South Side Community Council member Jennifer Holliman asked me if Carnegie Library of...
Welcome to Bronzeville at Milwaukee Public Library

Welcome to Bronzeville at Milwaukee Public Library

I am always on the lookout for interesting collaborations between libraries and performing arts groups. This example, inspired by Welcome to Bronzeville by First Stage and hosted by the Milwaukee Public Library, really captures the way that performing artists can create a hands-on and interactive experience for youth in the library. ~Laura Workshop description (from Milwaukee...
Backyard Concert Series at Anythink

Backyard Concert Series at Anythink

One of our favorite summer-y library program series is back; out of the archives comes this conversation with Stacie Ledden from Anythink Libraries about their Backyard Concert Series. Enjoy! We’re thrilled to present a conversation with Stacie Ledden, Director of Innovations and Brand Strategy at Anythink Libraries. In today’s post she talks about the library’s Backyard...
An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

This post was originally published on August 14, 2014. 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...
Idea Exchange: Come PLAY with us!

Idea Exchange: Come PLAY with us!

by Andrea Siemens, Coordinator, Youth Services, Idea Exchange PLAY! We know it builds literacy, creativity, curiosity, empathy and many other life skills. In following Idea Exchange’s vision to “create an environment of curiosity and discovery through the exploration of the arts and new technologies” our spaces needed to reflect our dedication to play and discovery based...
Idea Exchange: Building a Sustainable Program Suite

Idea Exchange: Building a Sustainable Program Suite

by Jaime Griffis, Director, Programming and Promotion, Idea Exchange Idea Exchange supports and inspires our community in the exploration of reading, arts, innovation and learning. One of the ways in which we strive to create an environment of curiosity and discovery is through our dynamic programming for children and teens. In order to build a sustainable...
Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden: We Popped!

Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden: We Popped!

by Suzy Waldo We did it! And it was spectacular. The community response was phenomenal. I watched so many people pull over just to take pictures of my branch. It was such a pleasure telling them (and seeing their surprise) that were 16 more libraries where they could see installations. The Instagram hashtag “popdesfleurs” blew up...
Rain Barrel Art at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

Rain Barrel Art at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

by Michael Cherry For the past two years, the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) has participated in a community rain barrel project called “Every Drop Counts.” The City Engineer’s Office, in partnership with Coca Cola, generously donated 55 gallon plastic drums that were converted into painted rain barrels. Community organizations, schools, and nonprofits were invited...