News & Events: June 2022
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Director's Letter

If you are a regular library user, you're probably familiar with the myriad facility issues we face: our heating system and elevator are at the end of their useful life cycles; our entrances (and many parts of the building, for that matter) are not especially accessible; and a lack of sightlines present a multitude of safety issues. In addition, our building lacks the flexibly to accommodate shifting programmatic and collections needs.

A new group, the Ilsley 100 Project Team, has been tasked with guiding the development of a design to create a library building that will be a welcoming, accessible, and a safe community hub. The Project Team will also coordinate funding strategies and community engagement efforts to bring the project to fruition. You can read more about the Project Team here.

As a member of the Project Team, Jim Gish will reprise his community liaison role with regular (if not quite weekly) updates on the committee’s activity and plans. I encourage you to read the first update and sign up to get the latest news on the project here.

Dana Hart
Adult Program Highlights & Announcements
View the Entire Adult Programs Calendar Here


2nd Annual Photo Contest

We had such fun last year - we are doing this again!  This year's theme:
Water, water, everywhere.  Your challenge is to photograph water in some way - it could be the liquid form or frozen in in the form of ice.  Pick flowing water or still water.  Capture it frozen in time or with motion.  The choice is yours.

Start shooting those photos!

Click here for more information.

Pearl Whitfield
Author Reading & Discussion 
Thursday, June 2 @ 3:00PM

Pearl Whitfield will be here to share insight from her newest novel, Apsara.

The story is set in 12th-century Cambodia, where a young girl in a remote village is chosen to train as a court dancer for King Jayavarman VII. She walks to Angkor Wat and begins a life she could never have imagined. Free and open to the public.

Graduating Into December
Becki Lund - Certified End of Life Doula, Elder Care Consultant
Wednesday, June 15 @ 4:30PM

What comes to mind when you hear the words “death” and “dying”?  What would the elements of a positive dying experience look like to you or for your family?  Where would you like to be as you graduate into the next phase in the journey?

Join us as we spend time talking about what the term “a good death” looks like for us all. Let’s begin talking about death in a more honorable, sacred way reflective of what it truly is.

Saturday Concerts
Second Saturdays in June, July & August

We are partnering with MCMC for free concerts in the reference room on Saturday afternoons this summer.  Join us for a relaxing hour listening to local musicians. 

June's artist is
Nate Gusakov who will  play the acoustic banjo for us.

Yoga Philosophy VIRTUAL
Prem Prakash
2nd Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm

Join Prem Prakash for an ongoing discussion of yoga philosophy.  Click here to register.

Practice Bridge
Bridge will be taking a break for the summer.  Look for its return in September.

Will Smith
Fridays, 1 - 3:00 pm

Join fellow cribbage players for a game.  All skill levels welcome.


Community Collaborative Weaving Art Project

Let's Collaborate!
We invite our creative community to create individual weaving pieces to be collected here at IPL for a larger art piece to hang in the lobby.

June 8 @ 5:30PM
Join Renee and Tricia for the kick off to our summer collaborative art project.  Stop in to get supplies and instructions on weaving on an upcycled CD.    Light snacks available.

August 1 @ 5:30
Join us again at the end of summer to use the CDs made by our community to create a larger art piece and be part of the collaboration!  Together we will create one or more part pieces with the individual woven pieces we received over the summer.
Youth Program Highlights & Announcements
View the Entire Youth Programs Calendar Here
Due to uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, storytime policies, dates, and times are subject to change without notice.
Join Tricia in the garden to register for Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program on Saturday, June 11th.  While you are there, make a sand art necklace and cool off with a popsicle.
Hello Readers!
Our Oceans of Possibilities summer reading program will run for 8 weeks, from June 12th - August 6th. This year we will run different summer reading programs for different groups of readers. Children who do most of their reading with an adult will track the days spent reading together on a calendar. Children who do most reading independently will track the titles of the books they read. Middle and High School students will have reading challenges to complete. 

Reading with Adults: Reading Calendars
Place a sticker on each day you read 20+ minutes. Earn 20 stickers and  you can turn in your calendar for a prize!
  • First calendar runs June 12th - July 9th. 20 stickers = a free OG bun or cookie of your choice from Haymaker Buns.
  • Second calendar runs July 10th - August 6th. 20 stickers = a t-shirt and invitation to our library tie-dye program on August 13th 9am – 12pm.
Reading Independently: Reading Logs
Keep track of the books you read on your reading logs. Fill out a card with your titles when you visit the library. When you read five books you can turn in your card for an OG bun or Cookie. Fill out a second card with five more titles and get another OG bun or cookie. Fill out another card with five more titles (15 titles total), and receive a t-shirt and invitation to our library tie-dye program.
  • Books 1 – 5 and again for books 6 - 10 = a free OG bun or cookie of your choice from Haymaker Buns.
  • Books 11 - 15 = a t-shirt and invitation to our library tie-dye program on August 13th 9am – 12pm.
Regular Programming June 20th - August 13th
Monday 5:30 – 7:30pm: Stitch in Time open sewing group for kids and families.
Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30am: PreK Garden Art at Ilsley.
Wednesday 9:15 – 10am: Bounce and Read with Tricia. Storytime for birth – PreK.
Thursday 12:15pm: Book Bike Storytime and Book Giveaway between town pool and hockey rink. Storytime for PreK and up.

Summer Moviemaking Camps
Intro to Filmmaking
Tuesday-Friday, 6/28-7/1, 9:00 AM to Noon

 Open to grades 4+, no experience necessary. Join Ilsley's Technology Coordinator, Kurt Broderson (also the director of MCTV), and learn to use cameras, tripods, and editing software to create short scenes and movies.

Stop Motion Animation
Tuesday-Friday, 7/5-7/8, 9:00 AM to Noon
We're doing this camp a bit different this year, as we will be collaboratively recreating a scene from Star Wars: A New Hope as part of the Crowdsourced Cinema VT remake of the Hollywood blockbuster. You can sign up solo, or with members of your family. Each individual or family will learn how to animate, and help recreate the scene.

Female Filmmakers
Tuesday-Friday, 8/9-8/12, 9:00 AM to Noon

This camp is open to female-identifying students in grades 4+. Come learn the basics of filmmaking in a supportive group environment, or more advanced tricks with your peers if you have already taken a camp with us.

To register for Moviemaking Summer Camps, visit:

Take and Make Bags: New craft and activity bags will be available in the children’s room on Saturdays. Quantities are limited - FCFS. Sewing kits will be available at our Stitch in Time sewing group. Remaining kits will be available in the children’s room on Tuesdays. Information on the specific bags will be available in our monthly newsletter and online. 

Thank you to the Friends of Ilsley Public Library and Haymaker Buns for sponsoring our summer reading program.

We look forward to reading with you this summer!
Teen Program Highlights & Announcements

View the Entire Teen Programs Calendar Here


Teen programs are open to tweens & teens in grades 6 & up

Hello Teen Readers!

Our Oceans of Possibilities Teen Summer Reading Program will run for 8 weeks, from June 12th-August 6th. There are three ways to participate:



Teens can either visit Ilsley and pick up a Summer Reading Folder or download a Summer Reading BINGO card from our website. Teen participants will be asked to complete a variety of challenges on the BINGO card. Once a teen completes a BINGO (a “BINGO” is a line down, line across, or a line diagonal across) they are eligible for $5.00 in Middlebury Money.


Harry Potter, The Hate U Give, and Captain Underpants. What do these titles have in common? Across the country, all three have been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. And sadly, they’re not alone. Celebrate the freedom to read by participating in our We Read Banned Books challenge. Over the course of the summer, read 5 of the banned books listed on the card and get invited to our We Read Banned Books t-shirt and ice cream party on Saturday, August 20th at 2PM.

  • OR YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN BOTH PROGRAMS Over the course of the summer, teens can win 1 of each prizes.


Middlebury Youth & Family PRIDE Parade
Saturday, June 18th @ 11:30AM

LGBTQIA+ teens and their allies are invited to celebrate PRIDE month by participating in Middlebury's First Annual Youth & Family PRIDE Parade. This event is co-sponsored by Addison Central Teens.

11:30AM: Assemble @ Ilsley: poster-making, PRIDE wands, face painting, & more. 
12PM: The parade begins
12:30PM: BYO picnic & live music at the Middlebury Green near the gazebo. 

Teen Drop-In Craft Night
Bad Art Night
Friday, June 24th @ 5PM

Come 5-6pm to create your very own "disaster-piece." Compete with your friends to see who can make the best, worst art piece of the night. Can’t make it? No worries! After the event, extra kits will be available in the Teen Room while supplies last.

D&D at Ilsley
Wednesdays @ 3:30PM

We've got dungeons! We've got dragons! We've got shiny dice! On Wednesdays any and all middle schoolers can come beat the villain (or your DM)! Participants will create characters, paint a minifigure to act as their avatar, and wage a campaign together. This is a joint event brought to you by Addison Central Teens & Ilsley Public Library. Any questions can be directed to


Reader's Advisory Spotlight
Beach Read Recommendations!
My Summer Darlings by May Cobb Three childhood friends approaching middle age find themselves enamored with a new handsome stranger in town. But his intentions may not be so good, and they may find their friendship, their families, and their lives threatened. Features a bright cheery cover that screams summer!
The Lifeguards by Amanda Eyre Ward
When friends Whitney, Annette, and Liza's summer is disrupted by startling news from their summer lifeguard sons, lies, suspense, and the rumor mill embroil a small, idyllic town.
Dawn by Octavia Butler
If you have never read any Octavia Butler, pioneering queen of science fiction, now is a great time to start! Dawn is the first book in the Lilith's Brood trilogy, and Ilsley is getting both this whole series as well as the rest of Butler's catalog in preparation for some fun fall programming. In this book, Lilith Iyapo awakes to find herself held by a benevolent? race of aliens who have rescued her and some other humans from extinction, and now want her to help rebuild the human race. But not everything is roses...
Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
Lawyer Olivia Monroe has never been interested in dating a politician, but junior senator Max Powell is just too cute - and as sweet as the cake he sent her. But when their secret relationship is revealed, will it be able to survive the prying eyes of the public? A fun romance perfect for the summer!

One of Hayley's favorite books...
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Linus Baker is a dedicated bureaucrat whose life is turned upside down when he is asked to report to Upper Management on a small orphanage on a faraway island. The children there have been classified as dangerous, and come from all sorts of magical backgrounds, as does Arthur Parnassus, the orphanage master. As Linus spends time with Arthur and the children, he realizes that The Rules may not necessarily be one-size-fits-all, and that if he is willing to relax, he might find a family where he never thought to look. This book is like a warm, gentle hug, and is one of my personal favorites I have read in the last couple of years.  
Friends of Ilsley Public Library

Book Sale 
Saturday, June 4 @ 11:00 - 2:30PM Weather permitting, it will be held in the Town Offices Plaza.


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