Ives Squared

Collab Accelerator EIR/CIR Community Mixtape Project
Learn to Code Take and Make Kits more…


Meet our Current Entrepreneur-in-Residence: Samantha Williams

Samantha (Sammi) Williams, M.S. is a content strategist with over twenty years of writing experience. She founded the content development firm, Sam’s Word, LLC in 2015, with the goal of alleviating the writing burden of others. Writing has been a natural passion for Sammi, and she leverages those skills ​through the facilitation of business development, marketing, and communication workshops. When Sammi is not providing ​training to other businesses, she assists businesses with content development, editing, proofreading, copywriting, and more.

Sammi earned a Master’s in Health Care Administration from the  University of New Haven and a Bachelor’s in Business ​Administration / Human Resource Management from York College – CUNY.  Sammi is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt ​and Notary Public.

EIR Office Hours – Virtual Meetings
Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm​ | Thursdays, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm​

Partnering for Business Success:
The Value of Strategic Partnerships (Individual & Business)

Tuesday, September 15th, 12:00-1:30 pm  
Featured Speakers: Randi McCray and James Rawlins A 90-minute discussion will explore the core elements of strategic alliances, their value, & how it can create sustainable business collaborations. 

Introduction to Email Marketing Virtual
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2:00-3:00 pm  
Did you know email marketing is more effective than using Facebook and Twitter to gain clients? Make sure you’re showing up professionally in the email boxes of your audience with 6 easy strategies. 

Growing Your Money Virtual
Tuesday, September 29th, 11:00-12:00 pm  
Do you know about the various investment options that help you can increase your money’s value over time? In this session, you will learn different ways to grow your money through targeted investments 



The Switchboard is the welcoming front door for individuals to connect their interests to opportunity, services, databases and resources inside and outside the Library.


Community Mixtape Project









Gather your favorite songs & spread joy through the NHFPL Community Mixtape Project! To join in, simply create a 30min Spotify playlist & share it with us. We will feature your mix on social media & in the library cafe upon reopening. More Details



The Exchange offers an entrepreneurial and social space for collaboration and co-working around business, civic and community issues.


Exchange Resources

Collab Office Hours – ***In-Person Office Hours Temporarily Changed to Phone Hours until further notice***  Please visit collabnewhaven.org to make an appointment

Collab is a small business, nonprofit, and for-profit support program committed to serving Connecticut entrepreneurs. Get one-on-one advice about obtaining capital, mentorship, and other resources for entrepreneurs based in Connecticut. For more information about Collab, visit collabnewhaven.org.
Set an appointment

Collab Fall Accelerator 2020  
The Collab Accelerator is an 11-week program for entrepreneurs who want to create positive change in their communities by building unique businesses and organizations. Accepted entrepreneurs receive workshops, 1-on-1 coaching, mentorship, and more. Collab also provides accepted entrepreneurs with childcare during program times, transportation to and from sessions, and interpretation/translation of materials as needed. Learn more here. 

Statista Training – Digital Toolbox Resource – Featured Database of the Month  Virtual Program
Friday, September 18, 12:00-1:00 pm 
This training will teach you how to access Statista, one of the world’s leading statistics databases offered for free from NHFPL with your library card. Learn all the information you can access!

Intro to Finding Grants Virtual Program Wednesday, September 23, 4-5:30 pm
Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including: 

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations. 
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding. 
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach? 

All levels of experience welcome!  Note that this workshop is intended for those individuals seeking grants for organizations, not individuals seeking grants for individual endeavors. 

Intro to Foundation Directory Online  Virtual Program
Wednesday, October 21, 4-5:30 pm 

Looking for grants for your nonprofit? 

Come learn how to use Foundation Directory Online (FDO), the most comprehensive prospect research tool for fundraisers, with over 226,000+ grantmaker profiles. You will learn how to search for grantmakers who have funded organizations working on causes and with communities similar to those you serve. 

All levels of experience welcome!  Note that this workshop is intended for those individuals seeking grants for organizations, not individuals seeking grants for individual endeavors. 



The Tinker Lab provides the training and tools for experimentation and an introduction to the world of creating and making, an essential element of the 21st-century learner.

Tinker Lab Resources

Learn to Code with Page Swanson

Office hours every Monday from 6:30-8:30 pm, starting June 15. Virtual Meetings
Meet with full-stack developer Page Swanson to consult on any questions you may have about computer programming.

Learn to Code: Animated Life in the Browser – Virtual Class
Join full-stack developer Page Swanson to learn the basics of computer programming. This program will be held virtually via Zoom.  Bring your questions and learn about a new topic each week!
Sept 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Register
Sept 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Register
Oct 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Register
Oct 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Register
Nov 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Register
Nov 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Register
Dec 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Register
Dec 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Register

Intro to Audio Editing with AudacityBy Virtual Appointment
Make a one-on-one appointment to learn the basic skills of editing sound with Audacity, an audio editing software. Audacity is a free, open-source, “Digital Audio Workstation” with an intuitive interface and a large community of users worldwide. It is a great program for learning basic audio production skills and concepts. To arrange a time for instruction, email Austin at alarkin@nhfpl.org 

Take and Make Project Kit Request Your Kit between
Monday, September 14 and Friday, September 18
Request a kit with everything you need to make a new project. The kit includes all the supplies, plus a link to an instructional video that you can watch on Creativebug or another platform, which is free to use with your library card or join us for a virtual class. To schedule an appointment to pick up a kit, please call the Ives Squared department at 203-946-8130 ext 140. There are a limited number of kits available, and they will be given out first-come, first-served, with a limit of two kits per family.

Take and Make Project Kit – Cyanotypes- Monday, September 14 and Friday, September 18

Take and Make Class: Glycerin Soap Making – Virtual Program
Friday, September 25, 3:00-4:00 pm     
Learn the basics of making your own glycerin soap. Perfect for those with sensitive skin, this homemade glycerin soap recipe makes a hard bar of soap that lathers nicely while gently cleansing and moisturizing your skin. Also perfect for a gift. If you pick up one of our Take and Make kits, you’ll have everything you need to follow along with the project. 

Equipment Certification ***Please note: All equipment training sessions are currently suspended due to building closure. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Please stay tuned! 

3D Printer Makerbot Level 1

3D Printer Prusa Level 2 Note: ***You must be certified with the Makerbot before you may take the Prusa class.

Laser Cutter Basics Level 1

Laser Cutter Rotary Attachment Level 2 Note: ***You must be fully certified with the laser cutter before you may take the rotary attachment class.

Vinyl Cutter Note: We are currently performing maintenance on our vinyl cutter.  Thanks for your patience!

Carving Machine

Spanish Certification: By appointment only.







The Café and patio are currently closed. We look forward to re-opening The Orchid Cafe soon. Please stay tuned! 

We are excited to announce the arrival of our new partner, Orchid Café on the Green.  Orchid Café actively employs graduates and current students of ConnCAT’s culinary arts program and is intended to help local talent “transform their lives” through culinary arts. Orchid Café on the Green, located at the New Haven Free Public Library’s Ives Main Branch, will be their second café location to open. In this partnership, we are excited to support community-focused programming and exceptional hospitality.  Stay tuned for updates, special events, and more!

 The Café is an ideal spot for networking and social gatherings offering beverages and snacks to relax and recharge as well as a patio overlooking the New Haven Green.








If you have any questions you can call 203.946.8130 ext.140



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