News & Events: December 2021
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Director's Letter
This December the library is trying out a new book return process. If you regularly return books upstairs, you'll know that the current book drop is in the wall by the stairwell. For the first two weeks of December, we are moving the book drop to the front desk. Please place returns on the front desk or hand them to the librarian. 
If books are returned to the front desk, the librarian on duty will be able to check them in and get new materials back on the shelf right away. We think this will be a big improvement in customer service; bestsellers and popular titles will be available sooner after being returned! We're doing a two week trial to evaluate this new system, so please let us know what you think. As always, community feedback will be a big part of how we decide whether or not to make the change permanent.

I am happy to share that the library recently received a large donation of CDs and DVDs from Judith and Dennis O'Brien. Judith and Dennis are longtime supports of Ilsley Public Library and we are grateful for their generous gift. If you are a lover of music, I encourage you to spend some time browsing our CD collection and seeing what is new.

Finally, I want to share a recent article in the Smithsonian Magazine, titled "How Memphis Created the Nation’s Most Innovative Public Library." By exploring the Memphis public library system as a case study, the article shines a light on the many ways that public libraries have evolved over the past several decades, and points to future directions. 

When I read the article, I was pleased to see that Ilsley embodies many of the new trends in public librarianship; like the Memphis Public Library, we offer access to audio and video recording equipment (albeit on a smaller scale), and we recently went fine free. But I was also inspired as I read about the services, resources, spaces, and programs that we don't offer (yet!). If you read the article, I invite you to imagine all that a 21st century library can be--the possibilities are endless.

As we approach the New Year, I feel particularly hopeful as I reflect on the future of public libraries. While our core mission remains the same, the ways in which we fulfill the library's mission have expended significantly. As a community, we can reimagine Ilsley Public Library in surprising, delightful, and innovative ways. 


Dana Hart
Adult Program Highlights & Announcements
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1st Wednesdays
Wednesday, December 1 @ 7:00 pm VIRTUAL 

From “Little Jerusalem” to the “Lost Mural”: Preserving Jewish & Immigrant Heritage

In 1885, a group of Lithuanian immigrants settled in Burlington’s Old North End, where they transplanted their religious traditions and culture. Archivists Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Potash describe the “Lost Mural,” a rare survivor of the lost genre of European painted synagogues and tell the story of conserving the mural in Burlington. 
This program will be held VIRTUALLY.  Click here to register for the event and receive the Zoom link.

Tome Talk: Book Discussion
Tuesday November 16  @ 6:00 pm 

Join Renee for a discussion of this month's title, Snow ChildAlaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. In this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them. 
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, December 8, 7:30 pm

Join Prem Prakash for an on-going virtual discussion about yoga philosophy.  Register here to join the group.  

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.

MCCFC Discussion of The Hundred Foot Journey
Thursday, December 9
@ 6:30 discussion 


The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Watch the film on DVD or on Amazon Prime (it's not available on Kanopy), then  join Steve Gross either virtually over Zoom or in person in the library lobby. For those planning to attend in person, masks are required. We kindly ask patrons that are unvaccinated or not comfortable wearing a mask to participate via Zoom. Contact Chris Kirby for more information.

When two rich culinary cultures meet face-to-face what will happen? This is the story of one family’s Indian restaurant opening in the shadow of a famed restaurant in a small French town. These neighbors start out as angry rivals, yet time and circumstance bend the curve of that relationship into one of tolerance and finally acceptance. This story, from the 2010 novel, stars Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Charlotte Le Bon.

Very Merry Middlebury Kick Off
Thursday, December 4


Pick up your Take & Make at IPL as part of the  Better Middlebury Partnership kick off event for Very Merry Middlebury.  This all ages kit includes everything you need to make a Chunky Yarn Wreath.

Garden Nuptials

A young Middlebury couple, Shawn Kelley and Courtney Ainsworth, use the IPL garden for their wedding ceremony.  Officiated by long time patron, Peg Martin.  IPL loves being a part of this community!
Youth Program Highlights & Announcements
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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)

Dec 4: Family Wreath Kits and PreK Candle Craft
Dec 11: Sew Together: Toy Quilt
Dec 18: Paper Bag Luminary
Dec 27: Noon Year Party Kits


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 II: Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15

Session III: Wednesdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16 (Registration opens December 15)


Riverfront Park, Marbleworks

December's Book: Polar Express by Chris Van Alsburg

Harrow Way

Dec 3 - Dec 17: Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
Dec 17 - Jan 3: Our Favorite Day of the Year by A.E. Ali
Teen Program Highlights & Announcements
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Masks are required for all programs
Teen programs are open to tweens & teens in grades 6 & up

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) 
Saturday, December 11th @ 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. 

DIY English Muffin Pizzas 
Thursday, December 30th @ 1PM

Ditch the winter blues, grab your friends, and head to the library to make English Muffin Pizzas! 
Kathryn Recommends

Teen Books that You May Have Missed: 


2020 Bram Stoker Awards - Nominee
2021 Locus Awards - Nominee
2020 School Library Best Books of the Year 
2020 NPR Best Book of the Year 
2020 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year 
2020 Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year 

When trans Latinx teen Yadriel accidentally summons the wrong ghost while trying to prove to his family that he is a real brujo, he must find a way to help Julian get what he wants so he can release him to the afterlife. 
Reader's Advisory Spotlight
Spotlight on Kanopy Part 2

Did you know that Ilsley Public Library has a streaming service? We do! It’s called Kanopy, and each library cardholder gets 6 credits per month for streaming (and that’s 6 credits per card, so if your family has multiple cards, that could end up to be quite a few credits!). When I worked at a university we used Kanopy primarily for the documentaries, and it does have a ton of great non-fiction shows to choose from. But Kanopy also has access to a huge range of media you might not expect. So - here are some of the coolest things you can watch on Kanopy! 

Of course, as I mentioned before, Kanopy is known in academic circles for its fantastic selection of documentaries, and has maintained an excellent collection of them over the years. Find stories about science and nature (Water Warriors), ethnicity and identity (The Souls of Black Girls), LGBTQ experiences (United in Anger: A History of Act Up), pop culture (Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like), politics (On Putin’s Blacklist), and more. And for those of us who love cats, I personally highly recommend the documentary Kedi, which follows the lives of street cats in Istanbul and their importance to the city and its human occupants.

If you are going back to school or simply wanting to supplement your studies, Kanopy is also a great place to learn. Under the Browse tab you can find videos about teacher education, business, media and communications, nursing and health fields, the sciences and social sciences and instructional films. In addition, you can also view videos from The Great Courses, college-level courses taught and produced by the Teaching Company (The Great Awakening, How to Make Great Paella, The Great Lakes: Back from the Brink). The Great Courses videos are also credit-free on Kanopy, meaning you can watch them without spending your credits. 

Friends of Ilsley Public Library
Used Book Sale
Saturday, December 4, 11:00 - 2:30
All proceeds from the used book sales directly support programming at IPL.  

Support From Neat Repeats
We have set up an account for the Friends of Ilsley Library at the Neat Repeats resale shop located at 1428 Route 7 South in Middlebury. Many nonprofits use the shop as a means of raising funds. With an established account our organization can also benefit. We encourage you to participate whenever you have clothing, kitchen wares, games, puzzles, and home decor to give away. Items need to be clean and usable. Here's how the program works. You take your donations 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. She will show you where to put your boxes or bags; no more than two at a time, since Covid has decreased the number of shop volunteers. Any item that sells means an equal division of profits between the shop and the Friends. Thus, your donation will help the Friends raise funds for our organization. In addition, your donation will help Addison County people in need and increase local recycling and reuse.

What Are Friends For?
2022 will be the first year of a campaign to recruit new friends to the Friends of the Ilsley Public Library. We are calling the campaign “What are Friends For”. The Friends of the Ilsley Public Library is the primary source of funding for a variety of programs that benefit our children, youth, and adults. Despite having to cancel in-person events during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to provide financial support to a variety of programs ranging from creative activities for children and teens outside of the library to the very popular First Wednesday lecture series on ZOOM.
Some highlights from our annual programming support: Bee Hotel: Andrea Landsberg did a 2-part series on Gardening for Pollinators that was paired with a Bee Hotel take and make kit that included everything needed to participate in an ongoing Citizen Science program. Books on Sticks: This program is appreciated across the generations. Tricia Allen noted that every time they switch out the stories, multiple people describe how much they, their children, and their grandchildren enjoy seeing and reading the stories. Teachers from the elementary school and parent child center make regular trips to read the stories together. Gnocchi workshop with Arcadian: This program was well received despite the need to hold it on ZOOM. The library wants to add another Cook Along with…a local restaurant for next year. Without Friends these programs would not be possible. In 2021 we were able to return to some in-person events such as the monthly books sales, a primary source of revenue for our library funding programs. Now is the time for renewal and expansion. We invite you to join the Friends or renew your membership at whatever level is possible for you.
Romy Graves breaks open her piggy bank at a recent Book Sale.  Romy said, "I really like books!"  Thanks for your support Romy!
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