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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 Thaddeus Rutkowski, our Maker-In-Residence for winter 2020!

We are delighted to introduce Thaddeus Rutkowski, our Maker-In-Residence for winter 2020.

An author of six books and a winner of multiple literary awards, Thad Rutkowski has spent over forty years writing as a poet, a New York Times essayist, and a novelist. His works have been described as “flashes of light amid darkness” and have been compared with those of Richard Brautigan and Denis Johnson.

Born to a family of a Chinese immigrant mother and an American Army veteran father of Polish descent, Thad Rutkowski grew up in central Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Cornell University and The Johns Hopkins University. Drawing from his life experiences and professional training, he beautifully combines the visual and verbal aspects in his works.

Believing that everyone has a story to tell, Thad has been teaching writing skills throughout the metropolitan New York area, including at Sarah Lawrence College, the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, and Pace University.

A soft spoken teacher with a great sense of humor, Thad will lead four 90-minute writing workshops on Wednesdays at 1 pm with prompts on Someone Special (February 5th), Somewhere Special (February 19th), Something Special (March 18th), and Someday Special (April 8th) at the library. Participants will be encouraged to generate new pieces and will receive supportive, constructive feedback on their work. Whether your story is long or short, true or fictional, Thad will help you to tell it in a compelling way.

Something Special - a Write With Thad Workshop

Something Special - a Write With Thad Workshop

Halperin Building
Someday Special - a Write with Thad Workshop

Someday Special - a Write with Thad Workshop

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.

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