Ilsley Public Library


BOB CROSBY'S ARTWORK will be on view at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury for the month of September.
MIDDLEBURY – The first open show of 72-year-old Bob Crosby’s art went up at the Ilsley Library on Sept. 1 and will be on view through the end of the month. “I’m excited…I want to do something good for people,” Crosby said. His medium is both out of the norm and as accessible as can be. Crosby’s hands are not stained with paint, but with Crayola markers. Originally from Brattleboro, Crosby took his first art class in 1970. Now, the Salisbury artist spends a lot of his time at a desk by a window, drawing and writing. “I feel more pleasure (when drawing and writing),” he said. He starts with the...
MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Public Library is holding a Photo Art Challenge from now until Feb. 14. The contest has three challenges and three chances to win. Winners will have their work printed and mounted by the library for an exhibit in its lobby in March 2021. Two adult and two youth (18 and under) winners will be chosen for each challenge. The rules are simple: One entry per person per session, amateurs only, and original work.   Challenge 1, “The Beauty of Nature,” closes on Oct. 24. Submit your interpretation of beauty in the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library will soon join its Addison County counterparts in going fine free, in part to remove a potential financial barrier that might exist for some local residents in getting their hands on literacy materials. “It’s something I believe in very deeply,” Ilsley Public Library Director Dana Hart told Middlebury selectboard members at a recent gathering. Ilsley patrons are currently assessed per-day fines if they don’t return borrowed materials by their due date. These fines are separate from fees patrons are charged for any lost or damaged library items....

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.
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...
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...
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
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...

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