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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 our Maker-in-Residence Tina Zaccardi!

Our Maker in Residence for the Spring of 2022 is renowned baker Tina Zaccardi, Winner of The Great American Baking Show – Season 4.

Tina’s curiosity as a young child led her into the kitchen where her mother and grandmother laid the foundation for a lifetime love of baking. She has passionately studied baking for most of her life while developing and modernizing her favorite recipes to bake for her family and friends.

Tina takes the time to delve into the history of recipes giving her a true understanding of their significance through history.

Her many television appearances include The Chew, The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Hallmark Home and Family, Bridge Street TV, Daytime TV, WGN Chicago Midday and Brunch, Atlanta & Co., New York Live, and CT Live.

Tina has spent the last decade participating in cooking and baking competitions which culminated in her crowning achievement: winning season 4 of ABC’s The Great American Baking Show.

She currently teaches classes for several libraries in Westchester and Fairfield counties and The Bronxville Adult School and is available for personalized group or individual instruction, as well as taking orders for Italian cookies.

We will be offering:

Kids Class # 1 Cupcake Decorating – April 25
In this hands-on class you will learn some basic designs with different decorating tips.  We will first practice on parchment paper and then  decorate our own mini cupcakes.

Kids Class # 2 No-Bake “Chocolate Salami” Cookies – June 8
Yes, you read that right…chocolate salami. In this hands-on class we will be making a no-bake chocolate cookie studded with crushed cookies and pretzels. When we are finished it will look just like an Italian Salami but taste like the best chocolate truffle.  Everyone will  take home their own roll that you can slice and enjoy at home.

Adult Class #1 Layer Cake Assembly and Decorating – April 27

In this demonstration class you will learn some tips and techniques to properly stack cake layers with filling. Tina will then show us how to crumb coat, frost and decorate a three layer cake. Tina will be using several decorating tips and will explain the different designs you can make with them.  At the end of the presentation we will all sample the cake.

Adult Class #2 All You Want to Know About Pie Crust – May 9
In this demonstration class you will learn how to make an all butter flakey pie crust.  How to roll it, line your pie plate and blind bake. We will also discuss other pie crusts like pate sucree and cookie crusts. You will leave with all the information necessary to make several different crusts.

Adult Class #3 Cinnamon Rolls – May 25
In this demonstration class we will learn how to make a basic yeast dough, what it should look like when it is properly mixed and how you know when the dough has risen enough. We will then take the dough and make classic cinnamon buns, learning how to roll and shape them.

Adult Class #4 Ice Box Cake – June 13
Summer is coming and this is the perfect make ahead dessert to have with your backyard BBQ. Cookies and flavored whipped cream, what could be better. In this demonstration class we will discuss the different types of cookies that can be used along with one or two recipes and how to flavor your whipped cream. Tina will then demonstrate how to put the two together to make a fabulous summer dessert. At the end of the demonstration we will all sample the cake.

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.


Thank you for submitting your application. We will be in touch soon.

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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.

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