THE ARTIST'S LIBRARY -- a quirky, imaginative book that celebrates individuals' potential for creativity, and libraries as vital and vibrant community resources
The Artist's Library: A Field Guide by Laura Damon-Moore and Erinn Batykefer (2014, Coffee House Press; 220 pages)
This is a book for bibliophiles. It is a book about all types of libraries: public libraries, academic libraries, school libraries, archives, special collections, special libraries, etc. And it is a book for artists, too. It is a book that combines both the love for books and libraries, and the need for creation and art-making. What is even better about it is that it is a product of the Library as Incubator Project - one of the most interesting novelties of the last few years in the library world, a Project that took over the Bubbler at Madison Public Library and shaped the vision described in the book: make the arts and art-making available to communities, sharing the experiences of artists, writers, performers, bloggers and, of course, librarians with library patrons.
From the introduction:
“Libraries have historically been places where people come to educate themselves-to expand their recreational reading, to learn how to do everything from start a new business to bake the perfect cupcake. More and more, libraries not only provide information in the form of books (physical and digital), media, and periodicals, but also in the form of workshops, classes, and other opportunities for hands-on learning. (…) At the Library as Incubator Project, we believe the library is a place to connect and create. (…) Creativity, like information, is free to everyone who steps into a library.”
This book is filled with inspirational ideas for anyone wanting to create using their library. You will read some inspiring artist's stories that suggest new ways you can use your library to increase productivity, inspire new work, and support a creative life.
The Artist’s Library is a delightful read.
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