Ives Squared

Featured Database of the Month: Creativebug

Find your next crafting project with the database Creativebug. Using Creativebug you can:

· Download and print a variety of craft patterns
· Watch unlimited arts & crafts videos
· Discover new content released weekly
· Develop a watchlist of all your favorite classes
· Add notes to classes that are private to your account

To start crafting now, find Creativebug by clicking on “Electronic Resources” under the “Collections” tab on the New Haven Free Public Library’s webpage.




The New Haven Free Public Library, an anchor institution of the Elm City Innovation Collaborative, is excited to launch the third round of in-residence appointments for Ives Squared.


Eric L ReyEric L Rey is a dynamic speaker and facilitator with a talent for bringing people together. He began his career working with men and women returning home from incarceration to help them find the basics like a job and housing to more elusive things fulfillment, and resilience. Eric also serves as a coach to nonprofit executives, new entrepreneurs, and is a mediator and a trainer. Creating spaces of inclusion and safety are his strengths and reflect his passion for people. In addition to his private coaching practice through Potent Perspective Coaching, he also started a soup delivery service with his brother called Sopa! New Haven. 




EIR Office Hours
Wednesdays 10-12 pm  | Thursdays 3-5 pm (click here to make and appointment!) Week of Thanksgiving: Tuesday, November 26, 6-8 pm

Songwriting Workshop with Marisol Credle
Wednesday, November 13, 5:30 pm
Join Marisol Credle, founder of Top Secret Song Writer, for a workshop on how to dig deep to discover/uncover your own unique voice.

Artist Entrepreneur Series: Thabisa
Wednesday, November 20, 12 pm
Meet international artist and musician, Thabisa, and learn about her journey from South Africa to Connecticut and about her passionate work in the music industry.

Stay Focused with Eric Rey
Tuesday, November 26, 5-6pm
Join Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Eric Rey, for a session on how knowing and understanding your purpose can impact your business.



Chris Ward is a filmmaker and educator living in New Haven, CT. His directed documentary films have screened at Dok Leipzig, Big Sky, Boston Independent and Imagine Science Film Festivals, among others. In 2016, he graduated from the Documentary Film and Video program at Stanford University. Before moving to Connecticut, Chris lived in San Francisco and Los Angeles where he worked in a variety of film crew roles, including the sound and camera departments of films and shows featured Showtime, Netflix, and PBS. Chris has taught at Ventura College, Loyola Marymount University and UCLA Extension, and is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.


CIR Office Hours
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 (6-8 pm on the first Wednesday of the month) | Thursdays 4:00-5:00 pm

Photo Editing – Lightroom Basics
Wednesday, November 13, 6-7:30 pm
Are you curious about how to edit your photos from your phone or digital camera? In this introductory photo course, you will learn how to edit and enhance your digital photos in Adobe Lightroom. Concepts covered include exposure, white balance, sharpening, and “touching-up” photos. No experience is necessary.

Video Editing Basics – Learning How to Edit a Music Video with Adobe Premiere Pro
Saturday, November 23, 1-3 pm
In this basic editing class, patrons will learn how to load music and video into a Premiere Pro timeline, in order to create a dynamic music video. Concepts explored will include: analyzing audio waveforms, cutting to a beat and exporting a video to the internet. Ages 12+.

Cyanotype Workshop
Saturday, November 30, 1-2:30 pm
In this workshop, you will make an original photographic print using the sun, objects and special treated paper. The cyanotype process was introduced in the 19th century and unlike traditional black and white photography cyanotypes are made using a special formula consisting of a solution of iron compounds that react to UV light. Special cyanotype paper and objects to arrange will be provided.

Street Photography and the Ethics of Documentary Portraits
Saturday, December 7th, 1- 2:30 pm
During this talk and workshop, Photographer Nick Meyer will share his documentary photography work and facilitate a conversation about the ethics of street photography. This workshop will also include a short demo on how to compose and shoot portraits on the fly. Nick is the recipient of the Pace Gallery Award and the Barclay Simpson Prize. His work is shown both nationally and internationally and is included in numerous private collections.




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


City Facts November Contest
New Haven’s history is rich and fascinating indeed! See how many questions you can answer below in this compelling city. Fill out the quiz using any resource you like and the winners will be entered into a prize raffle at the end of the month!



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


Exchange Resources

Exchange November Programming

Collab Office Hours
Thursdays, 3-5 pm
Fridays, 1:30-3:30 pm
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

Elmseed Office Hours
Saturdays, 10-12 pm – Drop-ins welcome! No Office Hours Week of Thanksgiving
Address your business questions and concerns with dedicated Yale student volunteers. More information

Ives Squared Tours 
2nd Wednesdays of the Month, 6:00 pm
Come by and take a tour of Ives Squared and learn about the services which are available with your NHFPL card.

Meet the Author: An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels with Josh MacPhee
Thursday, November 7th, 6 pm
Focusing on vinyl records, and the labels that produced them, this groundbreaking book traces the parallel rise of social movements in the second half of the twentieth century and the vinyl record as the dominant form of music distribution. Meet author Josh MacPhee and join us for a historical exploration of the relationship between revolutionary politics and the vinyl record. Copies will be available for purchase.

Tools for Making Social Media Posts – Marketing Your Business or Nonprofit
November 20th, 6-7:30 pm Register
If you use social media for your business or nonprofit you’ve likely gotten to the point of sitting in front of your page with no idea what to post. Visuals are important for every post to catch people’s attention, but how do you come up with a unique visual with content every time? Never fear, there are many free tools online we will go over that can help you craft the perfect posts for your social media pages to market your business or nonprofit the best you can, including Canva, photo databases, editing programs and more!




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 November Programming

Tinker Lab Resources

Equipment Certification click the date to register
3D Printer Friday, November 1, 3-4:30 pm | Tuesday, November 12, 6-7:30 pm
Vinyl Cutter Thursday, November 7, 6-7:30 pm | Wednesday, November 20, 3-4:30 pm
Carvey Wednesday, November 6, 3-4:30 pm | Saturday, November 23, 3-4:30 pm
Laser Cutter Wednesday, November 13, 3-4:30 pm | Thursday, November 21, 6-7:30 pm

Spanish Certification: By appointment only.


Silva Rerum Art Journaling
Friday, November 15, 2:00-4:00 pm
In Latin, Silva Rerum means “a forest of things.” Using this idea as a starting point, we’ll create a book to collect thoughts, ideas, and ephemera from your day-to-day life. A video from our new database Creativebug will show us everything we need to do. Basic supplies will be provided, but it’s highly recommended that you bring personal memorabilia to put in your books, such as greeting cards, event tickets, memorable receipts, photographs, etc.


Vinyl-Decorated Mugs
Saturday, November 16, 12-1:30 pm
Vinyl can be used to decorate all kinds of things, including mugs! Learn how to use our Cricut to cut the vinyl into detailed designs, then adhere it to a mug. You can make one mug to take home! Space is limited.

Virtual Reality Worlds – Make Something Unreal
Tuesday, November 19, 5:30-7:00 pm
Learn how to build 3D virtual worlds for VR experiences, animated films, and video games. Using the Unreal Engine, students will create their own 3D environment filled with foliage, weather, animals and more! Open to ages 13 and up. Space is limited.

Graphic Design
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Monday, November 18, 6-7:30 pm
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator Thursday, November 14, 6-7:30 pm

Sewing Club
Drop-in and get creative Tuesday, October 26, 6-7:30 pm | Tuesday, November 26, 6-7:30 pm




The Café and patio are open!   

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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