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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!

SUMMER: Learn to Knit with our Summer Maker-in-Residence Evelyne Liebmann!

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Our Maker in Residence for the Summer of 2022 is Evelyne Liebmann.

An adjunct instructor at Fashion Institute of Technology, Evelyne Liebmann was a volunteer for eleven years teaching the inmates of the Taconic Correctional facility for women how to knit. She will teach two sets of knitting classes, one for kids and one for adults.

For Kids: Everything You Need to Know to Become an Independent Knitter

After learning the basics of knitting in this four-part class, each kid will create a scarf they can wear or give as a gift.

For Adults: Sequence Knitting: Combining Simple Knits and Purls to Create Knitted Fabric

These classes, for advanced beginners or intermediate knitters, will be in four parts: “Introduction to Sequence Knitting”, then “Sequence Knitting Parts II, III, and IV.” The classes will be focused on color work and how simple combinations can create a unique item, and explore the concept of “sequence knitting” created by Cecelia Campochiaro. This groundbreaking approach revolutionized the world of knitting. Adults should bring a sample of their work to the first class, along with two different colored yarns and appropriate needles for their yarn. Attendees will make a colorful scarf for Fall, and possibly a second project.

We will be offering:

Introduction to Knitting for Kids, Session I – July 11
Introduction to Knitting for Kids, Session II – July 13
Introduction to Knitting for Kids, Session III  – July 18
Introduction to Knitting for Kids, Session IV –  July 20
Introduction to Sequence Knitting for Adults, Session I – August 22
Introduction to Sequence Knitting for Adults, Session II – August 29
Introduction to Sequence Knitting for Adults, Session III – September 19
Introduction to Sequence Knitting for Adults, Session IV – September 26

FALL: Learn to write a personal journal and/or memoir with our Fall Maker-in-Residence, Dave Donelson!

Our Maker-In-Residence this fall, Dave Donelson, will lead participants through the process of conceiving, writing, and publishing their personal journal and/or memoir in a series of six workshops titled “The Journal of Your Life.”

Dave is a professional freelance journalist with three million words in print. His work has appeared in dozens of national, regional, and trade publications and he’s the author of fifteen books of fiction, non-fiction, and memoir. Dave’s 2020 book, Fathers: A Memoir, and his most recent book, The Journal of My Seventieth Year, inspired the class.

While Dave will share techniques learned during his twenty years as a writer, editor, and publisher, the course will emphasize learning by doing. Participants will write both during the class sessions and have assignments to complete between them. Everyone will present their work to the group in non-critical readings.

Participants should bring paper, pen, pencil, laptop or whatever writing materials they are comfortable using. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (except for the first class, which will be held on a Monday evening) and include :

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.


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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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