News & Events: March 2022
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Director's Letter
March will be an exciting time at Ilsley Public Library. A few months ago, the library 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. Now, the equipment and furniture the library purchased is starting to arrive!
The youth room has received new comfortable seating and side tables. In addition to looking fresh and colorful, this furniture will be easier to clean and disinfect. The youth room also purchased several Haba sensory exploration wall units. Upstairs, library users can now utilize a café-height charging station for phones and small electronics that is located in the Reference Room. In the near future, the library will install powered tables on the mezzanine level to facilitate computer work. 
Two young library patrons, Frankie and Joni, enjoy the library's new HABA® Sensory Wall Panels. New panels will be swapped in and out regularly. 

At the February 8th Selectboard meeting, library board President Joe McVeigh and I presented the Library Renovation/Expansion Working Group's final report. The Working Group has completed their charge, and a new group, the Ilsley 100 Project Team, will be convened in the coming weeks. The Project Team will be charged with addressing the library's facility needs by guiding the development of design options with a team of professionals. The Project Team will also coordinate funding strategies and community engagement efforts to bring the project to fruition. I look forward to sharing more news on this exciting step forward as the Project Team takes shape.


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

1st Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 2 @ 7:00 pm VIRTUAL 
"It Was I Who Did It": Women in the American Revolution
Why were women originally left out of the Revolutionary War narrative, and how did they eventually get written back in? Author Carol Berkin provides a close examination of the vital roles that women played in pre-revolutionary protests and in the revolution itself and describes how their participation helped create a new gender ideology.

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

Charlie Nardozzi - The Garden Guy
Wednesday, March 16 @ 6:00 pm 

Ecological Gardening & Companion Planting
Charlie will talk about ways to build the soil without harming soil creatures. He will also discuss cover cropping and companion planting as ways to grow plants with less work. Whether you’re a beginning veggie and flower gardener or an experienced one, there will be something for everyone. This is a live program, no registration needed.  It will be held in the community room.

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

Join Renee for a discussion of this month's title, Tuesday Mooney Talks To Ghosts.  
A dying billionaire sends one woman and a cast of dreamers and rivals on a citywide treasure hunt in this irresistible novel.  

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.

AAUW Speakers Series, Polarization - What it is? How Did We Get Here?
"Post-Racial Post Mortems"

Linus Owens, Associate Professor of Sociology, Middlebury College
Tuesday, March 15 @ 7:00 pm
Location: Jessica Swift Meeting Room

The 2008 election of Barack Obama was supposed to mark the triumphant conclusion to America's racial history, a moment ushering in a post-racial future.  Today, it feels like we've never been further apart on issues of race in America.  While this may seem a betrayal of our post-racial dreams, this talk will show how the post-racial was never the solution but was actually one of the key problems that brought us to this place.  We will explore issues of polarization, both between political factions and between beliefs and actions.

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

Biologie! (1990).  Zoom and Ilsley (Depending on COVID conditions) 


Just before the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of a divided Germany, a teenage East German girl finds that a nearby construction project is being planned in an environmentally protected area. The project violates the law and she aims to stop it. Her cause is noble but will she go too far? Featuring Stefanie Stappenbeck, Katrin Klein, Dietlind Stahl, and Peter Dommish, Biologie! dared to bring light to a subject that was classified by the East German government.

Contact Chris Kirby to join the discussion.

Lotus Lantern Workshop
Friday, March 25 @ 5:00 pm

Join Younhee Shin from the Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project in NYC for a workshop to create a lotus lantern.  Participants will meet in the community room and Younhee will join us via Zoom to teach us how to make this beautiful lantern.  The workshop is limited to 20 participants and is open to all ages - under 14 need to have an adult accompany them. 
Click here to register for the event.  All supplies provided.

Yoga Philosophy
Prem Prakash
Wednesday, March 9, 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.

Celebrating the Year of the Tiger with the Kindergartens at Mary Hogan Elementary School! 
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)

March 5: PreK Craft 
March 12: Craft - Popsicle Stick Airplane
March 19: Grow Greens!
March 26: Sewing Kit


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 IV: Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13 

Parent Resource Pack

FREE set of books for parents to assist with supporting positive body image for kids.
Limited quantities, first come first served. 
Available March 19th

Body Positivity

Bodies Are Cool - Tyler Feder

"An inclusive and joyful body-positivity anthem".

Recommended for ages 3+


Love Your Body - Jessica Sanders

"This book is here to show you that every body is a good body...I hope that this book will support and inspire you to show your body the love and kindness it deserves."

Recommended for ages 8+


It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, Gender, and Sexual Health - Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley

"It's Perfectly Normal will spur parent-child communication about essential topics like puberty, sex, relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, and more..."

Recommended for ages 10+

Youth Media Lab Session II
Join Kurt, Ilsley’s Technology Coordinator and director of Middlebury Community Television, for a 7-week session of introductory video and animation workshops for students in grades 3+. 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, March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 26, May 3, 10
3:30 - 4:30
Pre-registration and masks required. 
Call 802-388-4097 to be placed on a waitlist. 


Riverfront Park, Marbleworks:

March's Book: Fiona's Luck 

Harrow Way:

Books on Sticks are on hiatus until Spring at the Harrow Way location.
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, March 12th @ 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. 

An Evening with Avatar
Friday, March 25th @ 6:30-8:30PM
Take a deep dive into the lore, the humor, and the joy that is Avatar: The Last Airbender. Join us for a watch party, crafts, games, and discussions about your favorite characters. Costumes encouraged!

D&D at Ilsley
Wednesdays starting March 9th @ 3:30PM

We've got dungeons! We've got dragons! We've got shiny dice! On Wednesdays starting March 9th, 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

Kathryn Recommends

Books to Read After You Binge Avatar

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It's a story that's literally burning to be told. 

Furyborn by Claire Legrand
This stunningly original, must-read fantasy follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, best-selling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

A Song of Wraiths & Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
The first in a gripping fantasy duology inspired by West-African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction. 

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Fans of 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' will devour Kendare Blakes's dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
In a world inspired by ancient Arabia, seventeen-year-old huntress Zafira must disguise herself as a man to seek a lost artifact that could return magic to her cursed world.
Reader's Advisory Spotlight
March is Women's History Month, and to celebrate, we've picked some historical fiction titles by and about women! Check out (in no particular order):
  1. The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
  2. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  3. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  4. She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
  5. The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Friends of Ilsley Public Library
Used Book Sale
March 5, 11 - 2:30PM

Become a Friend of Ilsley Public Library.  

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Friends build bridges with people who love their community and want to keep it intellectually and culturally vital.

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Recent Friends support included: First Wednesday Lecture Series, Craft supplies for the Make and Take projects, Funding for the Imagination Library (Dolly Parton’s Books for Babies), comfy chairs for the reading room…

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Interesting resources that might meet the needs of our community such as: snowshoes, sewing projects, tennis rackets, baking kits, museum passes, lectures, story times and much more.

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Enhancement of Ilsley Public Library’s programs possible without raising your taxes.

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Natural advocacy group of library aficionados with a shared belief in the importance of a great public library to our community.

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Supporting the Library in its goals and objectives where public funds are not available. This is important for our community.

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