Ives Squared

Creative-in-Residence & Entrepreneur-in-Residence 



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 an appointment!) 

Artist Entrepreneur Series: Christina Kane
Thursday, January 16, 2-3 pm
Come meet Christina Kane, Co-Curator & Artist at Studio i, and learn about her experiences as an installation artist and champion working to bolster the start-up culture in New Haven.

Songwriting Workshop with Marisol Credle
Wednesday, January 22, 5:30-6:30 pm
Join Marisol Credle, founder of Top Secret Song Writer, for a workshop on how to dig deep to discover/uncover their own unique voice.

Stay Focused with Eric Rey
Friday, January 3 and Thursday, January 9 and Thursday, January 30, 2-3 pm
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, 5:30-7:00 (6-8 pm on the first Wednesday of the month) | Thursdays 3:00-4:30 pm

Come tell your New Haven Story!
Saturday, January 11, 1:00-3:00 pm
Come share your story with the library! We will have a pop-up recording set-up—ready to record your story. Come join us and share your unique perspective on living in the New Haven area.

Carving Your Path in Digital and TV Production –  CANCELLED – To Be Rescheduled in February
This workshop is designed to help creatives, production and post-production crew, and talent navigates their way through the industry through providing tools in getting in the door of their dream job, building their network, developing their craft and climbing the ladder of success.

Photo Editing – Lightroom Basics
Saturday, February 1, 1-3 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.




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 January 2020 Contest
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!

It’s a new year and there is plenty of fun, new things to do in New Haven! Answer the questions below and see how up to date you are on what’s going on in our favorite city.



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


Exchange Resources

Exchange January 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!
Address your business questions and concerns with dedicated Yale student volunteers. More information

Carving Your Path in Digital and TV Production
Monday, January 13, 6–7:30 pm
This workshop is designed to help creatives, production and post-production crew, and talent navigates their way through the industry through providing tools in getting in the door of their dream job, building their network, developing their craft and climbing the ladder of success.

Twelve Tips for Getting a Small Business Loan
Wednesday, January 15, 6 – 7:30 pm
Understanding how things look from the lender’s point of view can help prepare a small business for a successful effort to raise debt capital, whether from a community lending source like CEDF or from a bank or credit union. With a grasp of these concepts, small business owners can focus on what’s truly important to move toward secure lending support.

Mastering Instagram and Twitter for your Business
Wednesday, January 22, 6-7:30 pm
Social media is the name of the game these days for businesses and nonprofits seeking to get more traction and outreach. If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of marketing your venture on Instagram or Twitter, take this class and ease your mind by learning the basics of both platforms, and how helpful they can be to your continued success.

Making the Most of Canva
Wednesday, January 29, 6-7 pm
Canva.com is a powerful, free online tool that can help you not only with drafting engaging, aesthetic social media visuals, but creating a standout resume, exciting flyers, unique business cards and more. Learn the ins-and-outs of this fantastic resource by going through the process of making a social media post on the platform with our instructor.

Steps to Improve Your Business Internet Visibility
Tuesday, February 11, 6-7:30 pm
Familiarize yourself with a checklist of best practices that impact your website, your local search listings and social media accounts to be sure you haven’t ignored any easy wins. Get an overview of SEMrush a professional toolkit you can access free through the library and learn more about Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising and why you might want to engage a specialist for assistance with ad campaigns or SEO projects.



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 January Programming

Tinker Lab Resources

Equipment Certification click the date to register

3D Printer Makerbot Level 1

Tuesday, January 07, 6:00-7:30 pm

Wednesday, January 22, 3:00-4:30 pm

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

Friday, January 10, 3-4:30 pm 

Laser Cutter Basics Level 1

Wednesday, January 08, 3:00-4:30 pm

Thursday, January 16, 6-7:30 pm

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

Thursday, January 23, 6:00-7:30 pm

Vinyl Cutter

Thursday, January 9, 6-7:30 pm

Wednesday, January 15, 3-4:30 pm

Carving Machine

Tuesday, January 14, 6-7:30 pm

Wednesday, January 29, 3-4:30 pm

Spanish Certification: By appointment only.


Altered Books
Friday, January 17, 2-4 pm
Part collage, part book art, part mixed media exploration, making Altered Books uses simple skills like cutting, gluing, inking and painting to transform old texts into extraordinary works of art.

Mardi Gras Masks
Saturday, January 25, 2-3:30 pm
Get ready for Mardi Gras by making colorful masks! We’ll show you how to use the laser cutter to cut different materials, like cardstock and felt, then you can decorate one with a variety of craft supplies.


Virtual Reality Worlds – Make Something Unreal 
Tuesday, January 21, 6-7:30 pm | Tuesday, January 28, 6-7:30 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, January 27, 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



Learn more about the Elm City Innovation Collaborative.

Ives Squared is made possible with support from: