EMILY CASEY OF Orwell, will give a talk on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., about her new collection of essays “Made Holy.” The conversation will take place at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury in conjunction with an exhibit of eight pieces of artwork done by Vermont artists to represent portions of one of Casey’s essays.
PHOTO / LESLIE TWITCHELL
ORWELL — Emily Casey didn’t always like essays.
“I had always thought of essays as boring, nature stories… that just didn’t appeal to me,” she said in a conversation last week. “But when I was in college other people were really pushing the boundaries of what an essay could be… Braided essays really spoke to me — with a theme weaving through thoughts.”
Casey, a 2012 MFA graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, didn’t always like telling the truth either.
“The publishing of my book ‘Made Holy’ coincided with the truth of telling about my own recovery,” she said. “The day the book...
MIDDLEBURY — Megan Price will read from and discuss her latest collection, “Vermont Wild, Adventures of Fish & Game Wardens, Volume Six,” on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury. The talk is free and open to the public. The Vermont Book Shop will provide book sales and there will be a book signing after the discussion.
Price’s new book is chock full of new and exciting stories of Vermont’s fish and game wardens. There’s a wild night chase into downtown Brandon involving the late Dave Rowden as told by retired warden Don Isabelle of Pittsford, a tracking...
MIDDLEBURY — Suzanne Brown, retired Visiting Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College, will be at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. to give a Vermont Humanities Council talk entitled “Immigration Restrictions Then and Now: Short Stories of Edith Eaton (Sui Sin Far).”
Brown will discuss three 1912 short stories by Edith Eaton (Sui Sin Far) that examine the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and its effects on the Chinese immigrant community. Eaton’s stories explore assimilation issues, family separations, discrimination, and fear of deportation in ways that still...
MIDDLEBURY — The American Association of University Women is sponsoring a presentation at Ilsley Library on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., by Middlebury pediatrician Jody Brakeley, M.D. Brakeley will speak on “The Brain-Body-Behavior Connection: The Foundations of Health.”
Ample scientific research demonstrates that earliest childhood experiences not only help form the adults we become but can affect all aspects of our health, too. Dr. Brakeley will address the science on early brain development and various types of stress. She will explore the effect that life experiences have on the physical...
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Retired Educators will host Bruce Duncan and Bina48 at the Ilsley Library on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 10:30 a.m. Bruce is responsible for the ongoing development of Bina48, the world’s first advanced humanoid robot based on the “mindfile” information of a real person.
Bina48 is designed to be a social being that represents a mix of memories, values, and beliefs from the original Bina along with new experiences gained through interaction with others. She has been featured in the New York Times Science Section, “GQ Magazine,” NPR and “National Geographic Magazine”...
MIDDLEBURY — StoryMatters, the storytelling group that meets regularly at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, will host another event next month.
“A Story Teller’s Gathering” will take place on Monday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. in Ilsley Library’s Community Room. Arrive as early as 3:45 p.m. for light refreshment and conversation.
The session itself will start at 4 p.m. with well-known local storyteller Hudson Tilford offering an assortment of stories. This will be followed by a period of sharing reflections on the meaning of story.
The experience will conclude with short tales from the assembled...
Here at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury we have a new adult services librarian, Renee Ursitti, who is working with Chris Kirby on planning adult programs. As a result, we have a few really exciting programs coming up this fall.
We have lots of good stuff coming up, some of it a little different from what we usually do.
• Ilsley is sponsoring a new book club, “Loosely Bound,” designed for people who feel too busy to commit to a traditional book club. Readers can pick and choose which months to participate, based on their interest in the selected title and their availability. October’s...
ILSLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY'S Tricia Allen prepares to ride her bike — in costume — to deliver free books to kids at the free summer lunch at Middlebury's rec park.
Independent photo/Megan James
MIDDLEBURY — Children’s librarians wear many hats. They are storytellers, teachers, mentors, performers, listeners, event planners. Ilsley Public Library’s Tricia Allen wears many literal hats, too. Every Thursday through the summer she dresses up in a homemade costume — sparkly house fly, rainbow unicorn — loads great piles of books into a trailer and lugs them across town on her bike.
She calls it the Book Bike.
When she arrives at Middlebury’s rec park, children and their caregivers are milling around the entrance to Memorial Sports Center, awaiting the free lunch provided to kids under 18...
MIDDLEBURY — Each Thursday through the summer, Ilsley Public Library's Children's Librarian loads up her bike with books to give away and rides — in costume — to the free summer lunch at Middlebury's rec park. Each kid gets to pick one book from the bike to take home. While kids picnic on the grass, Tricia reads stories. Then she rides away.
MIDDLEBURY — With the downtown bridge project, Middlebury is experiencing change on a large scale. This is not the first time such changes have occurred. With this in mind, Story Matters and the Ilsley Public Library will host “Back in the Day,” a special storytelling event to share stories of downtown Middlebury in days of yore, at Bundle, 60 Main St., on Monday, Aug. 5.
Anyone who remembers downtown Middlebury in the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s is invited to join in this story telling exchange — or just come and listen. No doubt there will be recollections of the time when pharmacies...