News & Events: April 2022
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Director's Letter
The library lobby is looking vibrant these days with an exhibition by local artist Alice Eckles. The exhibition, which features paintings and fashions, will be on display through April. At a reception on Saturday, April 2nd, at 11:00 am Alice will discuss her work.

On March 14, the library trustees voted to lift the mask requirement in the library building. This decision was made in light of the reduction in COVID cases in Addison County and across the state. While this has been welcome news to many, I want to acknowledge that some community members are uncomfortable being indoors without masks. If you would prefer to request books ahead of time and pick them up outside, please email us so we may accommodate you.

I am happy to share that the second installment of the "Building the Library of the Future" series was published in the Addison Independent on March 10th. This installment features two brief articles about the library's Books on Sticks program, including an excellent perspective authored by Julie Berg, a community member and reading teacher at Mary Hogan School. I encourage you to read these articles and learn more about this important aspect of library programming.

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

In The Lobby
Alice Eckles Artist Reception
Saturday, April 2 11:00-2:30PM

Local artist, Alice Eckles, will be on hand to discuss her work.  Alice shares her vision in oil and cold wax painting as well as watercolors.  She also works in other media as it fits into her life: drawing, soft pastels, printmaking, acrylics, creative writing, photography and altered photographic work, sculpture, ceramics and collage.  Join us to learn more about her and her work.

A Continuum of Learning: The International Baccalaureate in Addison Central Schools A Panel Discussion sponsored by the Addison County Retired Educators Association
Wednesday, April 13 @ 10:30AM

Addison Central School District (ACSD) educators Caitlin Steele, Courtney Krahn, Cindy Atkins, and Joy Dobson will share an introduction to the continuum of International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, a PreK-12 curriculum framework shared across all nine ACSD schools.  They share highlights of each program, common threads that connect the programs, and reflection on their journey to becoming a district of IB World Schools. 

VT Reads: We Contain Multitudes
Middlebury College, Dana Auditorium
Tuesday, April 14 @ 7:00PM

Author and professor Sarah Henstra visits Vermont to discuss her novel in letters, We Contain Multitudes. Our Vermont Reads 2021 choice tells how two very different teenage boys fall in love after being paired as pen pals. While it touches on domestic violence, bullying, and opioid addiction, the novel is also a beautiful story of friendship.

A Vermont Humanities program.  Visit their website for more information.

Middlebury Community Classic Film Club
Film Discussion: Patterns (1956)
Thursday, April 14 @ 6:30PM

Corporate America in the 1950’s was hardly known for its openness to dissent. Still, this period, more the home of ‘The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit’ than anything else, had its share of ethical conflicts. What happens, for instance, when a young engineer is promoted to corporate headquarters only to find out that he is merely a pawn in the CEO’s scheme to replace an aging executive who fights for the firm’s workers? Rod Serling, famed creator of The Twilight Zone, wrote the screenplay. This film features Van Heflin, Beatrice Straight, Everett Sloane, and Ed Begley.  

Watch the film free on Kanopy with your IPL membership, then join Steve Gross for a hybrid discussion.  Contact Chris Kirby for information.

Tome Talk
Beheld, TaraShea Nesbit
Tuesday, April 19 @ 6:00PM HYBRID


Join Renee for a discussion of this month's book, Beheld.  Ten years after the Mayflower pilgrims arrived on rocky, unfamiliar soil, Plymouth is not the land its residents had imagined. Seemingly established on a dream of religious freedom, in reality the town is led by fervent puritans who prohibit the residents from living, trading, and worshipping as they choose. By the time an unfamiliar ship, bearing new colonists, appears on the horizon one summer morning, Anglican outsiders have had enough. 

We are offering a hybrid meeting, join us in person or via Zoom.  Click here for more information.

AAUW Speaker Series
"A Polarized America?” with Matt Dickinson
A Digital Event
Tuesday, April 19 @ 7:00PM

It has become an article of faith among many journalists, politicians, and cable-news pundits that we live in a polarized country. Middlebury College Professor of Political Science Dickinson examines the evidence.

Register on the library website,

AAUW is a non-profit organization founded in 1881. Its mission is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. The Middlebury Chapter, founded in 1922,  meets once a month, virtually or in person, from September through May, and sponsors presentations open to the public.  For more information about AAUW,  visit 

Green Cleaning
An Earth Day Program
Friday, April 22 @ 11:00AM

Join Renee, in the Jessica Swift Community Room, for this DIY event to make your own safe, environmentally friendly cleaning products with ingredients readily available in most grocery stores. Visit three stations to make a sample size of laundry detergent, tub scrub, and dishwasher detergent. Patrons will take home the sample sizes they make and  "recipe book" for these cleaners and more.

Drop In Bridge
Tuesdays, 3-5:00 pm

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

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

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

Will Smith
Fridays, 1 - 3:00 pm

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



Creative Comics–A Writing Challenge for Everyone
with Special Guest Judge: Cynthia Copeland, author of Cub. 

Do you love graphic novels? Do you wish you had the opportunity to design your own comic? Here’s your chance! In May, Ilsley will be holding a comic competition.The contest is open to all ages, including group submissions. 5 pages maximum, no panel limit. Deadline is May 31st. All submissions should be sent electronically to

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.


Take & Makes
(Available while supplies last)

April 2: Activity: Sprout Buddies
April 9: PreK Craft: Trains
April 16: Craft: Bead Snakes
April 23: Sew Together: Turtle Stuffie
April 30: Teen Activity: Black Out Poetry


Back to Drop-In April 27th!

Birth - 5 with Adult
Bounce and Read with Ms. Tricia
9:15am - 10:00am
Wednesdays April 27th - May 18th


Riverfront Park, Marbleworks

We Are Water Protectors


Harrow Way

Repairs under way! Stay tuned!

Throwback Photo: Youth Media Lab
The kids in this photo are now in high school and college! I'm sure that they have put their film editing knowledge to good use in the years since this photo was taken.
Today, Kurt, Ilsley’s Technology Coordinator and director of Middlebury Community Television, still runs video and animation workshops for students in grades 3+. Participants learn to use iPads and cameras to capture still photographs and video, and create and edit short films on laptop computers.
Look for more video camps this summer!
Teen Program Highlights & Announcements

View the Entire Teen Programs Calendar Here


Masks are required for all programs
Teen programs are open to tweens & teens in grades 6 & up

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) 
Saturday, April 30th @ 2PM

Do you want to have a voice about making the library a better place for teens? We want to hear from you! Join Ilsley's Teen Advisory Board and help plan programs, get involved in library projects, and meet other teens. 

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


Self-Defense, Level 1 Workshop
with Kellie Thomas
Saturday, April 16th, 1:30-5PM

Basic self-defense class for teens. This course will cover basic self-defense situations like wrist grabs, chokes, bear hugs, against punches and possibly knives if time permits. Wear loose fitting clothes, bring water, mask, snack and clean indoor sneakers. Pre-registration necessary. Please email or call 802-388-4097 to register.

Reader's Advisory Spotlight
April is Poetry Month and also National Library Week, April 3 - 9.  We asked staff members to express their thoughts on libraries using poetry.  Please enjoy the staff written Haikus below.  Then, when you visit us next, join in the fun.

This month we invite YOU, our beloved patrons, to join the fun.  In the main lobby please share your own Haikus about your love for libraries or anything at all.
Closed for so long, your library, missing you, now
welcomes all returns.

Not just a place for
books, but a soul of your own
community here.

In the Children's Room
Seuss Dahl Mother Goose Donaldson Sutherland Mo Pennypacker Peet

Take and makes to go
Snowshoes backpacks audio
Books 'n books 'n books

Turn the page, oh my.
Put your feet up with a sigh.
Off to new words now!

Giggle, sing, and dance,
It's time for storytime!
Lets all read and play. 

A place to read and explore
Now my mind travels the world
Our library rocks!
Soar to the moon, or
fly to the sun.  Visit new
worlds, expand your mind.

Libraries fill my
heart with jubilance
and my with knowledge.

libraries are an
[ever changing and growing]
constant in my life

Earl Grey, thunderstorms,
Library books and a cat.
The perfect spring day.

Science fiction books
I find at my library
Portals to new worlds

Smelling the new books
Getting to know my neighbors
The best job ever

Library Windows
sunlight streaming onto books
Reading in the warmth

The April sunshine
Brings cold Vermonters outdoors
So we can thaw, too
Friends of Ilsley Public Library

Book Sale 
Saturday, April 2 2 11:00 - 2:30PM

This month's selection is loaded with history gems.  Don't miss it.


The Friends of the Ilsley Public Library will hold their Annual Meeting in the Library Lobby on April 6th at 6:30PM.  Friends, don't forget to RSVP to  This year's Annual Meeting will feature a lively panel discussion about "What is a Library?" with guest speakers, including the new Vermont State Librarian, and our own director Dana Hart! 

We will also honor four Friends of the Library at the Annual Meeting.  Bob Wallace, Mary-Ruth Crawford, Ray Hudson, and Lorrie Muller will be recognized for their leadership over the past 20 years. 
In his retirement Bob Wallace was an indefatigable volunteer for both the Ilsley Library and the Friends of the Ilsley Library.  He was at the library every morning sorting and storing books for the monthly book sale as well as a myriad of other tasks and was actively working the entire day of every book sale until very close to his death.  Bob is greatly missed.

Mary Ruth Crawford spent much of her career in Acquisitions and Collection Development at the Middlebury College Library.  On retirement she took on the Project Hope shop’s book section and, when the Friends’ used book sale leader stepped down, Mary Ruth stepped up and took it on as well with the assistance of her trusty cohort Bob Wallace.  They made quite a team and it has taken a much larger team to replace them!

Ray is the creative one—a poet, an author, an artist, jack of all trades who spent time in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska before coming to Middlebury. Luckily, he has agreed to continue making the posters to advertise the book sales.
Lorrie has an elementary teaching degree with a specialty in reading. She was instrumental in organizing and directing a county-wide volunteer adult literacy program for 15 years in Ulster Co., NY. There she learned how to set up the 501c3, lobby for NYS funds, visit the service organizations for support, train the volunteers, etc. She has agreed to continue on the board of Ilsley  for one more year as consultant, membership committee member, and book sale helper.
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