News & Events: January 2022
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Director's Letter
Happy New Year! In recent years, I have enjoyed attending the library's "Noon Year" celebration, a fun-filled countdown for those too young to celebrate at midnight. This year, instead of our typical, in-person tradition, we sent home 50 Noon Year Kits, which included everything families needed to ring in the New Year in style, from home. While the librarians and I miss celebrating Noon Year with our friends at the library, we love thinking about all the simultaneous celebrations that will take place around Middlebury. If you hear cheering around town at noon on December 31, you'll know why!
I cannot think of a better way to embrace the winter season than getting outside and enjoying the snow. To that end, I am thrilled to share that Middlebury College has once again generously donated two Snow Bowl season passes to the library. Patrons can reserve the passes by phone or in person at the library. Library collections are more than just books, and offering passes to parks, museums, and ski resorts is an important way to ensure everyone in our community can access these cultural and recreational gems. 

If you visited the library in December, you might have noticed a series of posters in the lobby. This display was created by students in a Middlebury College course titled "Science and Society," which focused on issues of trust and distrust in science. The course was linked to the college's Public Humanities Lab Initiative, which aims to help students integrate humanities skills and expertise into public facing projects. The library was thrilled to partner with these students and provide a space where community members and college students can engage with each other.

In response to the rising COVID case count in Addison County, the library trustees have decided to once again require masking in the library. I know we had all hoped we were past this stage of the pandemic, but this winter we need to take extra precaution to prioritize the safety of the community. I appreciate your ongoing flexibility and support as the library continues to navigate the pandemic.


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

1st Wednesdays
A note about 1st Wednesdays.  
The January, February and March lectures will be available only DIGITALLY.  Registration for each of these events is on VT Humanities website. (See link above.)

Wednesday, January 5 @ 7:00 pm VIRTUAL 
From Rembrandt to Vincent Van Gogh and Beyond

Author and artist Carol Berry describes how Rembrandt, Delacroix, Millet and other artists inspired Vincent Van Gogh to develop a personal and universal language that ultimately resonated with 20th century artists.
This program will be held VIRTUALLY.  Click here to register for the event and receive the Zoom link.

Tome Talk: Book Discussion
Tuesday January 18  @ 6:00 pm 

Join Renee for a discussion of this month's title, Henna Artist
Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.

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.

Yoga Philosophy
Prem Prakash
Wednesday, January 12, 7:30 pm

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

Drop-In Bridge 
Tuesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Drop in to the Jessica Swift Community Meeting Room to join fellow bridge enthusiasts for a game.  All skill levels welcome.

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.

Puzzle Exchange
Thursday, January  27
@ 3:00-4:00


Looking for a new puzzle to do?  The winter has only just begun. Bring your completed and/or unwanted puzzles to the Jessica Swift Community Room.  Leave them for others while you peruse puzzles left by fellow devotees to take home.  Everyone wins with new puzzles!  For the sake of our sanity, please bring puzzles with all the pieces.

Take & Make Kit
Moon Phase Wall Hanging
January 11

Stop in to pick up this month's kit.  Everything you need to make a moon phase wall hanging.


Snowshoes at IPL!
Get outside and enjoy the winter with our Community Snowshoes.  We have two  pairs of child size. As well as two kits that contain one adult and one child size with one set of poles.  Loan period for snowshoes is 1 week.
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)

Jan 3: PreK Craft - Peace Necklace
Jan 8: STEM - Penny Spinner
Jan 15: Sewing Kit - Snowman
Jan 22: Star Wands


Pre-registration and masks required. Click here to register or call 802-388-4097

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 
Youth Media Lab
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. Click here to register or call 802-388-4097 to be placed on a waitlist. 


Riverfront Park, Marbleworks:

January's Book:
Change Sings by Amanda Gorman

Harrow Way:

Jan 3 - Jan 17: A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Erin Stead
Jan 17 - Jan 31: Snowmen at Night by Carolyn and Mark 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, January 8th @ 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. 

The Great Teen Book Swap
Saturday, January 22nd @ 1-3PM
Bored with your bookshelf? Come trade your old titles for new!
Every participant walks away with at least one free book. 

Graphic Novel Book Group 
Friday, January 28th @ 6:30PM
Whether you are new to the genre or a long-time comic lover, join us for interesting conversation and a chance to read something new.

January's Graphic Novel
The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith 
Register and pick up your free copy in the Children's Room. 

Kathryn Recommends

Teen Books You May Have Missed: 


2021 National Book Award Winner

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo follows a queer 17-year-old in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the Red Scare who is falling in love for the first time. 
Reader's Advisory Spotlight
Keep Your New Year's Resolutions with IPL

Be Healthier
Bring your favorite books with you when you exercise. Download ebooks and audiobooks to your phone or other mobile device using the Libby app.
The library is full of cookbooks.  Learn a new technique or a new cuisine.
Start a yoga practice by joining Prem Prakash for IPLs monthly Yoga Philosophy discussion or borrow some books on mindfulness.

Start a New Hobby
IPL has many “How To’ books on the shelves.  Learn to paint, punch needle rug hooking, embroidery or macramé.  Or check out a book on knitting for some new pattern ideas.
Want to learn to play guitar or piano, we got that!

Read More
Try something from the Staff Picks List.
Set a goal to read one NYTimes best seller a month.
Make friends and read some titles you might otherwise miss by joining Tome Talk book group. 

Get Tech Savvy
Struggling with your new computer or smartphone? Our tech-savvy staff can help you get the most from your smartphone or learn about your new laptop. 
Discover the hundreds of excellent films available to you on Kanopy.

Spend Quality Time with Friends and Family
Create memories that last a lifetime!   Borrow one of IPLs museum or park passes.  
Like the great outdoors?  Borrow our day pass for the lifts at Middlebury Snow Bowl or borrow our Community Snowshoes and hit the TAM.
Friends of Ilsley Public Library
Used Book Sale
Saturday, January 8, 11:00 - 2:30
January "Specials":  classical cd's, kids' audiobooks & heath and wellbeing.  All proceeds from the used book sales directly support programming at IPL.  

The Last Word
Ever wonder what is in that closet by the front door of the Ilsley Library? The tiny space that twinkles with lights and is filled with used books for sale? It is The Last Word! A bookstore that sells used books of interest to adults and children at low prices in order to support the many programs and activities of the Ilsley Public Library. It is refreshed and restocked each month with gently used books, both hardbacks and paperbacks. Operated by the Friends of the Ilsley Public Library, this tiny bookstore is open when the library is open. Check it out and help support our Library with your purchases.
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