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...
VERMONT — Vermont streams, lakes and woods are teeming with high-quality, local food that is rooted in the Vermont’s heritage — as long as one knows how to cook it. That’s why the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is partnering with Rooted in Vermont, a program of the Vermont Farm-to-Plate Network, for “Field-to-Fork: Wild Food Cooking Series” this July and August.
The series is designed to help Vermonters learn more about what game foods are available all around them and how to make them into a delicious meal. “Similar to sourcing food from our local farms, hunting provides many of the...
MIDDLEBURY — Poetry will be celebrated in April with a variety of weekly special events at the Otter Creek Poetry Workshop. Ranging from readings to how-to-publish talks, the events are open to the public. Each will be held on Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Ilsley Public Library meeting room. The program is sponsored in part by the Ilsley Public Library with support from the Friends of the Library.
The first workshop is on Thursdays, April 4. Paige Ackerson-Kiely, formerly of Vergennes, will read from her third collection of poems “Dolefully a Rampart Stands,” published by Penguin in ...