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The New Haven Free Public Library, an anchor institution of the New Haven Innovation Collaborative, is excited to announce an open call for a fifth round of in-residence appointments for Ives Squared.  For guidelines and application information, please click here.  Applications are due August 20th.

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
Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm​ | Thursdays, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm​

Business Checkup: Understand Your Worth in the Age of a Pandemic Virtual
Tuesday, August 11th, 12:00-1:30 pm
This 90-minute discussion will cover the steps needed to check up on your individual and business brands to remain relevant in the aftermath of a pandemic. 

Brand Strategy Essentials – with Nancy Ruzow of Ruzow Graphics Virtual
Tuesday, August 25th, 2:00-3:00 pm  
Let’s clear up some widespread confusion: A brand and a logo are not the same! This presentation will encompass the essentials of a brand, including logos, color, taglines, and more. What brands work, and what brands fail. Also, learn what you can do to build a strong brand. 

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. 

Artrepreneur Series  Goes Virtual!
Join us for a conversation with prominent New Haven artists as they discuss the opportunities and challenges unique to being an artist and an entrepreneur. This series is facilitated by local artist and entrepreneur, Eric Rey. Click on the events below to access  the Zoom link to attend.

Finn Henry  August 7th at 3:30pm 

Dooley-O on August 19th at 1pm  

Sharece Sellem on the September 9 at 2pm 



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.
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New Haven Artrepreneur Series  Goes Virtual!
Join us for a conversation with prominent New Haven artists as they discuss the opportunities and challenges unique to being an artist and an entrepreneur. This series is facilitated by local artist and entrepreneur, Eric Rey. Register to receive the Zoom link invitation one day prior to the event via email.

Finn Henry  August 7th at 3:30pm 

Dooley-O on August 19th at 1pm  

Sharece Sellem on the September 9 at 2pm 




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

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!
Aug 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Register
Aug 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Register
Sept 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Register

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 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 – Japanese Side-Sewn Book Binding – Request Your Kit between Monday, August 3 and Friday, August 7
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, 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 Class: Japanese Side-sewn Book Binding – Virtual
Friday, August 7, 2:00-3:00 pm   
Join us for a virtual workshop where we’ll watch a lesson on Creativebug on how to make Japanese side-sewn books. If you pick up one of our Take and Make kits, you’ll have everything you need to follow along with the project. Or if you’d like to provide your own supplies, the lesson on Creativebug has a list of all the tools and supplies you’ll need for the project: https://tinyurl.com/wp637f6 

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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Ives Squared is made possible with support from: