In the modern world, innovative and creative individuals have a distinct advantage: the creative edge. The Creative Edge explains how you can design and conduct art-based creativity programming in your library. Written by a library creativity specialist, this book is the result of the author's many years of experience facilitating art groups for all ages. Her programs have achieved national recognition and will serve as a guide for others to establish art-based creativity sessions. In this book, she incorporates research that documents the importance of creativity as an essential component of childhood development and connects it to library learning goals, including literacy.
Creativity research can be applied in libraries and at other public institutions to develop programs that will meet the needs of the next generation. The book includes many practical elements, such as lists for recommended art materials, step-by-step instructions on setup and procedures, and ideas inspired by picture book illustrations that connect to story time themes. The Creative Edge teaches readers how to provide programs that promote child-led exploration, experiential learning, innovative thought, and creative confidence.
• Offers a guide for creativity programming for librarians, teachers, program coordinators, and college students
• Teaches how to facilitate open-ended creativity programs for children of all ages and caregivers
• Describes how to design story time art groups linking art and literacy inspired by picture book illustrations
Mary C. Fletcher is a library creativity specialist with a master's degree in art therapy and experience as an artist and illustrator. She founded the Open Art Studio at the Avon Free Public Library in Connecticut. Her program, The Creative Edge: The Art of Creativity Programming in Libraries, was presented in 2017 at the Symposium on the Future of Libraries.