News & Events: May 2022
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Director's Letter
May is here, the library is starting spring off with a bang with the Creative Comics Competition! This writing competition challenges participants to create their own graphic novel (group work is allowed). This is a fun, exciting chance to get creative and share your talent with the community--we are looking forward to reading the submissions! (Read more about the contest below.)

As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, the library recently received funding to support one-time purchases through the Public Libraries Equipment and Supplies Grant to support library programming and enhance patron access under the direction of the IMLS ARPA Program. Thanks to this funding, we were able to purchase three new tables with power ports embedded in the tabletops. These tables, which arrived in April, are a welcome addition for those who have been working or studying at the library and need to charge laptops, tablets, and phones.

Two of the tables are on the mezzanine overlooking the lobby, and one is in a small meeting room, affectionately called "the Vermont Room." This room can be reserved for up to three hours at a time, and is a perfect space for private meetings, tutoring, or Zoom calls. You can reserve the space in person at the front desk, or by calling (802) 388-4098.

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


Beginning on May 10

Patrons may reserve e-bikes for one Tuesday-Thursday per month and one Friday - Monday per season.

E-bikes are checked out on Tuesday - Thursday OR Friday - Monday.
Get your voucher at IPL circulation desk & pick up the bike at Frog Hollow Bikes.

Click here for more information.

First Wednesdays
Jewish Diaspora in 20 Recipes
Wednesday, May 4 @ 7:00PM

Food—like music and language—is a strong link to our past, no matter the shores on which we arrive. Natalie Neuert, director of UVM’s Lane Series, explores the recipes that Jews took with them to the Balkans, Europe, North Africa, and America, from British fish and chips to Bubbe’s brisket to the ubiquitous Ashkenazi Shabbos supper of cholent.

Vermont Humanities program held in the Jessica Swift Community Room.

Tree Scavenger Hunt
An Arbor Day Activity
Friday, May  6

Stop in to pick up a fun and easy Tree Scavenger Hunt.  Next head out to complete the hunt, take along friends and family and enjoy our beautiful VT spring.  Return your completed hunt to the library to claim your "prize", that includes a 6" dry root Tulip tree sapling.  These saplings are from the Arbor Day Foundation.


Tome Talk
Behold the Dreamers, Imbolo Mbue
Tuesday, May 17 @ 6:00PM HYBRID

Join Renee for a discussion of this month's book, Behold the Dreamers.  Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers.

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

Middlebury Community Classic Film Club
Film Discussion: American Violet (2008)
Thursday, May 26 @ 6:30PM

The day starts out like any other but soon we see a SWAT team preparing for a major drug raid at a housing project. Pandemonium and panic soon follow. Suspects, all African American, are rounded up and soon booked. Though working miles away, Dee Roberts is arrested as well. But she’s innocent. Will she take an unfair plea bargain offered by a racist district attorney or will she risk spending years in prison by fighting back? This film is based on a true story and features Nicole Beharie, Will Patton, Alfre Woodard, Malcolm Barrett, and Tim Blake Nelson.

Watch the film free on Kanopy with your IPL membership or borrow the DVD, then join Steve Gross for a hybrid discussion.  Contact Chris Kirby for information.
Yoga Philosophy VIRTUAL
Prem Prakash
2nd Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm

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

Drop In Bridge
Tuesdays, 3-5:00 pm

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

Will Smith
Fridays, 1 - 3:00 pm

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

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)

May 7: PreK Craft: Early Bird
May 14: Craft: Pencil Pal
May 21: Craft: Flower
May 28: Sew Together: Flower Pocket


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 & Harrow Way

Enjoy a new picture book story on a walk with your family and friends!
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, May 28th @ 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

Create Your Own Book Trailer
Friday, May 20th @ 3:30PM

What are book trailers? Book trailers are similar to movie trailers, but they promote books instead of films. Film your very own book trailer with Kurt Broderson from MCTV and Kathryn! Completed book trailers will be available for viewing on Ilsley social media and  MCTV. Come prepared with a book(s) you want to highlight and any necessary props or costumes. No previous film experience necessary. Group work welcome! 

Reader's Advisory Spotlight
In Celebration of Arbor Day.


In his sixteenth book, The Hidden Life of Trees, German forester Peter Wohllenben shares observations made while walking through the forest he manages.  With a powerful combination of science and experience, Wohllenben makes complicated ideas easy to read and understand. By comparing trees to humans, he posits they are social and sentient beings that talk to each other, as well as feed and care for the "family."  He concludes that our ancient forests not only deserve care and protection, they require it.  I enjoyed this book and found the information logical and accessible. Having always been a person who enjoys a walk in the woods, I devoured the information that the trees are talking to each other.  How wonderful it is to know that trees are caring for their community in the same way we care for our own.  Renee Ursitti

Some further suggestion for reading about trees.

Greenwood: A Novel, Michael Christie

The Overstory, Richard Powers

Finding the Mother Tree:  Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest. Suzanne Simard

American Canopy:  Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation, Eric Rutkow
Friends of Ilsley Public Library

Book Sale 
Saturday, May 7 2 11:00 - 2:30PM Weather permitting, it will be held in the Town Offices Plaza.
Spring into history this month at our book sale!  We have an abundance of History books, as well as Biographies + Memoirs.

At our annual meeting, in April, we honored some long time members, and had a panel of library staff and patrons to talk about, "What is a library?" It was a well attended meeting with a lively discussion following the presentations.  To read more about our honorees, and the panel presentations, visit our website . The honorees are on our HOME page, and the panelists speeches can be found in the "What is a library?" link in the side bar. Neat Repeats reminder: You can take your donations of used clothing + household items to the shop (open 12-4 Monday-Saturday) and tell the volunteer there that you want the profits to go to the Friends of Ilsley Library, which is #186. This money will help support library programs. Thank you.


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