Ilsley Public Library


IVOR HUGHES, SHOWN hiking Mt. Abraham right here in Addison County, will give a primer on hiking during a talk at Ilslely Library next Thursday, Jan. 16.
01/13/2020
MIDDLEBURY — What if you were walking along a trail and thought for a just a moment you could hear voices from the past? Voices of people shouting, bantering and cursing as they struggled under their heavy loads. They were people who were following their dreams, they believed that they would become rich beyond belief. It was they who created the trail.  You are backpacking one of the most historic trails in Alaska and the Yukon, called the “Chilkoot Trail,” following in the footsteps of the 1890s gold rush miners who made their way for hundreds of miles of uncharted territory to seek their...
01/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — How are Scandinavia and Iceland confronting the challenges of climate change? Is there something about the culture or political structure that has put them at the forefront of efforts to reduce human impact on the climate? Learn the answers in “Climate Action and Social Democracy — Lessons Learned from the Nordic Countries.” The presentation will be held Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Ilsley Library. Last fall local climate activists Fran and Spence Putnam went on a five-week, self-designed study tour of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland for a first-hand look at their...
01/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — For over 25 years, Ben Cohen has been a cartoonist and educator. Born in Boulder, Colo., raised in the California Bay Area, trained in Savannah, Ga., and parenting in Jericho, Vt. His work focuses on an intersection where comics have been firmly rooted. Where the inclusive go to speak up, remembering what has been and what could be. Come discuss the art of storytelling on Jan. 18, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury to explore how the popular genre of graphic novels and comics can relate to problem solving through teamwork. Making comics with...

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
12/05/2019
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...
11/21/2019
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...
10/31/2019
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...
10/24/2019
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...
10/03/2019
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”...
09/02/2019
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...
09/02/2019
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...

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