The Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) embodies the spirit of innovation. Drawing upon their experience and professional network, the EIR hosts workshops and classes, conducts one-on-one mentoring office hour sessions to guide emerging entrepreneurs in the development and launch of their concepts, and creates an active community of inquisitive professionals.

The Creative-In-Residence (CIR) helps connect library users to local creatives, artists, and makers within the New Haven community. The CIR brings the Ives Squared Tinker Lab makerspace to life — sharing skills and knowledge through workshops and classes, hosting one-on-one mentoring office hour sessions, exploring ideas in a public context, and creating collaborative projects.


Meet the EIR: Giulia Gambale

Our Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Giulia Gambale (with Agents of Branding partner Mason Rabinowitz) helps small businesses and non-profits develop their brand and communications. Since 2010, she has co-facilitated Digital Media Sync, a weekly free learning networking event for small businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profits. In the past year, Giulia has live-streamed and archived over 60 episodes through KNOWNlive and is currently a KNOWNpreneur Team Leader and Instructor.  Through the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, Giulia developed and ran workshops and served as keynote speaker for the 2019 Great Give kickoff.  She continues to serve as an expert instructor for TechXel Stamford at the Ferguson Library. Giulia is excited to be able to share her expertise with the NHFPL as the 2021-2022 Entrepreneur-In-Residence. 

Giulia will be offering office hours Tuesdays from 11:30am-1:30pm, Thursdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm, and Fridays from 2:00pm-4:00pm. You can sign up for 30 minute appointments through Calendly. While we encourage everyone to come to office hours in person, office hours can also be via zoom.


Meet the CIR: Ceresa Newsome

Our Creative-In-Residence, Ceresa Newsome comes to us with over 13 years of professional experience sewing, knitting, and crocheting. She’s a fashion designer by trade who enjoys creating and sharing her passions with others as a craft educator. In 2020 Ceresa founded Endangered Stitches for aspiring knitters, crocheters, and sewers to have access to stitch resources, and develop the confidence they need to grow in their respective stitch journeys. You may find some of her work featured by big box craft stores, as she also spends time developing patterns, curriculum for knit and crochet classes, and how-to kits. Ceresa believes strongly that creating is about more than just making things pretty. Being creative is about developing solutions. 

Ceresa will be offering office hours Mondays from 11-1 and Thursdays from 12-2. You can sign up for 30 minute appointments through Calendly. While we encourage everyone to come to office hours in person, office hours can also be via zoom.