News & Events: February 2022
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Director's Letter
At the end of every year, the library submits a comprehensive statistical report to the Vermont Department of Libraries and a detailed narrative report to the Town of Middlebury. Both of these reports capture, in different ways, a year in the life of the library, and give a preview of our priorities for the upcoming year.

The statistical and narrative reports are then condensed and combined into a two page Annual Impact Report. This Annual Impact Report, which consists of infographics and a brief letter, tells the library's story in a clear and concise way. There are many ways to measure a library's impact, but the most powerful is to communicate the difference the library makes in community members' lives. My hope is that the Annual Impact Report conveys the many ways the library enriches local lives, and thereby fulfills our mission.

In other library news, we are looking forward to a virtual First Wednesday lecture on February 1st: jazz archivist and poet Reuben Jackson shares tracks Marvin Gaye's Whats Going On, and discusses this riveting recording. For teens, Kathryn is hosting a Valentine's Day party on Friday, February 11th. And on Saturday, February 12th, the library will host a Lunar New Year celebration (registration required). May Poduschnick will teach us how to cook dumplings and other delicious traditional treats. Of course, this is just a sampling of what the library will offer in February; to see all library programs, visit our calendar. As a reminder, masks are still required while in the library building, including at all programs.


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

1st Wednesdays

Wednesday, February 2 @ 7:00 pm VIRTUAL 
Sermon From the Studio: Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On"
Fifty years after its release, vocalist/composer Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, an extended work addressing societal (and personal) challenges, has grown more pertinent and haunting with age. Jazz archivist and poet Reuben Jackson shares tracks from and discusses this riveting recording.

This program will be held VIRTUALLY. 
Click here to register for the event and receive the Zoom link.

Lunar New Year Traditions
Saturday, February 12  @ 2:00 pm 

Join May Poduschnick for a lesson on the traditions and meaning of the Chinese Lunar New Year.  May will teach us how to cook dumplings and other delicious traditional treats.  Participants will take home a few treats to share with loved ones.

Limited to 12 people. This program is designed for adults (16 yrs or older) or an adult with 1 child (8-15 yrs.) 

Click here to register.


Science Denial: Why It Happens And What To Do About It.
Barbara Hofer, Ph.D.
Tuesday, February 15, 7:00 pm

Barbara K. Hofer, Ph.D., will discuss how do individuals decide whether to vaccinate their children against measles, accept human causes of climate change, or wear masks during a pandemic? Democracies depend on educated citizens who can make informed decisions for the benefit of their health and wellbeing, their communities, nations, and planet. Understanding key psychological explanations for science denial and resistance can help provide a means for improving scientific literacy and communication with others – critically important at a time when denial has become deadly. We will explore the role of social identity and polarization, cognitive biases, motivated reasoning, and what we can do to better understand our own minds and those of others to combat science denial, doubt, and resistance. Sponsored by American Association of University Women.

Please register here for this event.


Tome Talk: Book Discussion
Tuesday February 15  @ 6:00 pm 

Join Renee for a discussion of this month's title, The Dragons, The Giant, The Women.  An engrossing memoir of escaping the First Liberian Civil War and building a life in the United States.

We are currently offering a hybrid meeting.  Meet in person in the lobby of IPL or join the group via Zoom.  Register here to join the discussion and request a copy of the book.

Middlebury Community Classic Films Club
Thursday, February 17, 6:30 pm

12 Angry Men (1957).  Zoom and Ilsley (Depending on COVID conditions) 

The trial is over. The jury has adjourned. Everyone is ready to convict a young man of a terrible crime, except one man. Under heavy pressure to relent to the will of the group, this man presses forward methodically with a quiet passion to uncover the truth. But the heat is oppressive, and tempers are short. Starring Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, and Ed Begley, this film is considered one of the great courtroom dramas winning awards in the US and around the world.  

Contact Chris Kirby to join the discussion.

Yoga Philosophy
Prem Prakash
Wednesday, February 9, 7:30 pm

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

Will Smith
Fridays, 1 - 3:00 pm

Drop-In to the Jessica Swift Community Meeting Room to join fellow cribbage players for a game.  Will Smith, long time player, will be on hand to teach beginners.  All skill levels welcome.

Snow Bowl Day Pass
Take advantage of our day pass to the lifts at Middlebury Snow Bowl. Using our pass is simple!  Call to reserve a date 388-4095, stop in at the main circulation desk to pick up a voucher to be exchanged for the day pass at the Snow Bowl.  Each household may borrow 1 or 2 passes for 1 weekday (Monday-Friday) per month and/or 1 weekend (Saturday & Sunday) per season.  This pass does not include equipment rental.
Jack and Ada love our new Wonderbooks - books that read to you! Unlike books that come with a CD, Wonderbooks come with a digital player on the front cover. Check them out! 
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)

Feb 5: PreK Craft - Valentines, Teen Craft - Heart Chains
Feb 12: Chinese New Year - Cherry Blossoms
Feb 17: Birthday Cake Sewing Kit 
Feb 24: Lanterns


Pre-registration and masks required. Call 802-388-4097 to be placed on waitlist

Birth - 5 with Adult
Bounce and Read with Ms. Tricia
9:15am - 10:00am

Session III: Wednesdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16 

Family Book Discussion

Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood
Edited by Kwame Mbalia

★ ”Pick up Black Boy Joy for a heavy dose of happiness.” —Booklist, starred review

Grades 2 and up with adult partner. 
Register in-person or by phone: 802-388-4097
Discussion via Zoom Tuesday, February 22nd 6:30 - 7:30pm
Youth Media Lab - FULL
Join Kurt, Ilsley’s Technology Coordinator and director of Middlebury Community Television, for a 4-week session of introductory video and animation workshops for students in grades 4+. Participants will learn to use iPads and cameras to capture still photographs and video, and will create and edit short films on laptop computers.
Tuesdays, Jan 25 - Feb 15
3:30 - 4:30
Pre-registration and masks required. 
Call 802-388-4097 to be placed on a waitlist. 


Riverfront Park, Marbleworks:

February's Book:
A House by Kevin Henkes

Harrow Way:

February's Book: Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
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, February 5th @ 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. 

Valentine's Day Celebration
Friday, February 11th @ 6-8PM
Join us for games, Valentine's Day cardmaking, and a showing of SHREK.

Kathryn Recommends

(and a good book)

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender 
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl 
Lovely War by Julie Berry
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 
Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan

Reader's Advisory Spotlight

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music, Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl, founder of the group Foo Fighters and drummer for the grunge band Nirvana, has written a collection of stories from his life that weave together the threads of a man who has found his passion in life and shared it with the world.  Part memoir and part ode to rock musicians everywhere, Grohl’s stories are extraordinary.  Jamming with Iggy Pop at CBGBs or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett and a chance meeting with Little Richard. Grohl shares his love and respect for his predecessors and reminds us all that rock and roll is here to stay.  If you enjoy audiobooks, I recommend you listen to this one, as Grohl reads it.


Taste: My Life Through Food, Stanley Tucci
Fans of Tucci’s films, some of which are The Big Night, Julie & Julia and The Devil Wears Prada know his wry humor.  But did you know he is passionate about food?  In Taste: My Life Through Food, Tucci recounts tales of his life through the food and meals he shares with others. Falling in love over dinner, cooking for his children and stories of dining with Meryl Streep and Marcello Mastroianni are tucked between recipes for his favorite dishes from around the world.  And do not forget the perfect Negroni!  Tucci recounts success and failures; each story is heartwarming and touching and will leave you in the mood to cook and share a meal with someone you love.

Friends of Ilsley Public Library
Used Book Sale
There will not be a book sale in February.  But you can still find great books and deals at the Last Word.

Another Way to Raise Funds

Our Friends group raises money to support library programs. If you have been cleaning out the “old” as you make way for the “new,” we are happy to accept your fiction book donations at Ilsley. If you have adult clothing and small household items to donate, please consider taking them to the Neat Repeats Resale Shop at 1428 Hwy 7 South between the hours of noon and 4pm. Just tell the shop volunteer that any profit should go to #186, the Friends of Ilsley Library. These are win-win programs, reuse of goods and less entering the landfill.

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