Skip to content
Download the library app
Download the library app


Are you a maker? Do you build, create, craft, write, cook? We would love to hear from you! Apply to become our next Maker-in-Residence!

Meet Rinku Bhattacharya, this Autumn’s Maker-In-Residence!

We are delighted to introduce you to Rinku Bhattacharya, our Maker-In-Residence.

Winner of multiple book awards including Gourmand Award for the Best Indian Cookbook, Readers Favorite, and USA Book Award, founder and blogger of Spice Chronicles, a chief financial officer, and a culinary instructor, Rinku beautifully combines the time tested Indian cooking traditions with a practical and modern approach to make her recipes simple and healthy.

Born in India, living in Westchester now with a vegetarian husband and their two children, one with food allergies, Rinku adds gluten free and vegan dishes to her classic menu and creates savory and nutritious meals by incorporating fresh locally grown seasonal ingredients with her native Indian spices.

Rinku has appeared on CT Style TV and Scarsdale TV. Her cookbook “marries Indian flavor with American convenience”, “brings you clutter-free, spice enhanced dishes with a touch of the Hudson Valley”, she “offers fast and fresh recipes for busy lifestyles”, her recipes are “practical and approachable”, “delicious, dependable, sustainable”, wrote the reporters from newspapers like  the Journal News, the Miami Herald, and Canadian Living.

A calm and well organized instructor, Rinku has been teaching home cooking for 13 years in the Metropolitan New York area.  She has led workshops at places such as Hilltop Hannover Farm, the NY horticultural society, the New York Women’s Culinary Alliances, Scarsdale Cookbook Club, the New York Public Library, and public libraries at Chappaqua, Bronxville, and Harrison.  Back to our library as the Maker-In-Residence, Rinku will present five culinary programs from September to December. Be sure to sign up for these free events and join us to let Rinku take you on a delicious journey.

Instant Pot Cooking

Instant Pot Cooking

Halperin Building
Gifts of Spices

Gifts of Spices

Halperin Building

Become Our Next Maker-in-Residence

The Harrison Public Library Maker-in-Residence will work out of the Library for three months (no more than 4 hours per month), working on a project of their choosing. As part of your residency, you will share your skills with the public. We’ll cover the costs of workshop supplies and pay you a stipend of $500 for your time working and teaching. You get unrestricted access to our equipment, an opportunity to learn new skills, public exposure for your work, and a chance to share your talents with your community and all the warm fuzzy feelings that entails. We’re looking for all kinds of making, whether digital or physical. Come and show us how you do it.

Makers selected must be 18 or older, may be subjected to a comprehensive criminal background check, and must have professional references. Applications are accepted and makers are selected on a rolling basis, with appointments made as residencies end.


I would be comfortable working with (choose all that apply):

Harrison Public Library Maker-in-Residence Program Agreement

This is not an offer of employment, and as a “Maker-In-Residence” you will be considered an independent contractor. The maker-in-residence is a contracted position for three months.

The maker-in-residence will receive a one-time payment of $500. The library will provide funding for supplies for public programs.

The maker-in-residence will have up to four hours time per month onsite in the library. The maker-in-residence will be encouraged to work with all of the three groups who use the lab: teens, adults, and families (i.e., all ages).

A portion of our space will be designated for the project being worked on by the artist/maker on display.

All workshops will be made available to the general public, with HPL responsible for participant signup.

These workshops must present attendees with an activity-based, hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill.

The maker-in-residence will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies for workshops. HPL will reimburse, when agreement is reached, the maker-in-residence for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of HPL.

Any resulting artwork or product created by the maker-in-residence may be exhibited for a period of one month.

Maker-in-residence is responsible for any travel costs related to maker-in-residence activities.

I agree to the terms of the Harrison Public Library Maker-in-Residence Program as stated above if accepted as a Maker-in-Residence.

get the best of HPL in your inbox Subscribe to Newsletter