News & Events: November 2021
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Director's Letter
As librarians, our priority is connecting community members with library services, resources, and programs, but we regularly hear from our patrons that they didn't know we were offering something specific. "If only I had known, I would have been there!" is a refrain we hear all too often. Over the past few years, we've been ramping up our communications efforts by reaching out more consistently via Front Porch Forum, Facebook, Instagram, and redesigning our website.
Now, it is time to unveil our new and improved newsletter! Starting with this November issue, our newsletter will be designed specifically for digital readership. It will look nicer on your computer browser, be easier to read on phones and tablets, and will link directly back to our website. You will receive the same great library updates, but in an easier to navigate format, with larger type, and with live links to upcoming programs and new titles. 

It is my hope that with improved communication we will be able to share the library's rich holdings and activities with a larger audience. To that end, you can help us connect with more community members by forwarding this email to one or two of your friends or neighbors and encouraging them to sign up for the Ilsley newsletter. Ilsley Public Library is a vital community center in Middlebury, and we don't want anyone to miss out on what we have to offer!  


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

The Condor and the Eagle

IPL was fortunate to have Bill McKibben join us at The Middlebury Marquis Theater for a film screening of The Condor and The Eagle, an eye-opening film about social inequality and the environmental harm caused by fossil fuel extraction.  After the film, community members had thoughtful questions for Bill.  He urged us all to join the fight in whatever way we can, suggesting we contact our VT State Treasurer to urge VT to divest from the fossil fuel industry.  Another way to become informed and involved is to join VT350 or ThirdAct. Bill left us with the hopeful message that the move to renewable fuels is inevitable and we should put our efforts toward making it happen sooner rather than later.

1st Wednesdays
Wednesday, November 3 @ 7:00 pm

A Life in Art and Activism

Artist, legislator, and former director of the Flynn Center in Burlington, John R. Killacky draws on commentaries from his book Because Art to relate his experiences as a dancer in New York in the 1970s and ‘80s, the maelstrom of the culture wars of the 1990s, and his work advocating for artists with disabilities.  Program will be held in the Jessica Swift meeting room. Masks required - regardless of  vaccination status.  John is generously donating 50% of book sale proceeds to IPL.  

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

Join Renee for a discussion of this month's title, Sin Eater.  For the crime of stealing bread, fourteen-year-old May receives a life sentence: she must become a Sin Eater—a shunned woman, brutally marked, whose fate is to hear the final confessions of the dying, eat ritual foods symbolizing their sins as a funeral rite, and thereby shoulder their transgressions to grant their souls access to heaven.
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, November 10, 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, 3:30 - 5:30 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

Tuesday, November 16 @ 7:00 pm
Homelessness & Affordable Housing – Observations from an Emergency Shelter and Outreach Service Provider

Heidi Lacey, executive director of Charter House Coalition, will provide an overview of the challenges faced by persons experiencing homelessness in correlation to the inadequate housing opportunities in Addison County.  An honest discussion about the substantial obstacles faced by this vulnerable population and ways that our community can support the work of the agencies that are most intricately involved in providing both emergency and on-going services.  Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status.

The 2021-22 AAUW (American Association of University Women) speakers series at the Ilsley Library focuses on “Polarization: What is it? How did we get here?” 


MCCFC Discussion of The Kite Runner
Thursday, November 18
@ 6:30 discussion 

Kite Runner (2007)
Watch the film at your convenience on Kanopy (using your IPL membership) or borrow the DVD, then join us on November 18th 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.

Set in Kabul, this is the story of two friends living in a turbulent neighborhood and world. Amir is the son of a well-off family and Hassan is the child of a servant.  This film, based on the 2003 novel stars Khalid Abdalla, Zekeria Ebrahimi, Ahmed Khan Mahmoodzada, and Homayoun Ershadi.


Puzzles in the library.  Isn't this inviting?  Stop in to exercise your brain with us.  Or borrow a puzzle or two to take home with you.
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)

Nov 6: Preschool Paper Weaving
Nov 13: Wooden Spoon Puppets
Nov 20: STEAM Kit
Nov 27: Sew Together: Candle Ornament


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


Riverfront Park, Marbleworks

November's Book: Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora


Harrow Way

Nov 5 - Nov 19: We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell
Nov 19 - Dec 3: Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr
Teen Program Highlights & Announcements
View the Entire Teen Programs Calendar Here


Masks are required for all programs

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) 
Saturday, November 6th @ 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.

Ilsley After-Hours Teen Lounge 
Friday, November 19th @ 6PM

Grab your friends and come enjoy the library after dark. 
Games, food, books, wi-fi, and a showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Kathryn Recommends
5 New Books that I've Read and You Should Read, Too

Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Angie Thomas et al. 
Beloved authors—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon—celebrate six couples and the unforgettable magic that can be found even without lights. Charming, hilarious, and heartwarming. 

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
From the famed author of One of Us is Lying comes a spine-chilling tale of three cousins who spend the summer working for the wealthy, reclusive grandmother they've never met. But the longer they stay with her, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family's past is.

Any Way the Wind Blows  by Rainbow Rowell
The final installment in Rainbow Rowell's thrilling Simon Snow trilogy. Simon, Baz, Penelope, and Agatha return to England, back to the Watford School of Magicks, and back to their families for one last adventure.

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Daunis, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother and reluctantly becomes involved in the investigation of a series of drug-related deaths. One of TIME's 100 Best YA Books of All Time

Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon
When new-girl Cirrus mistakes self-described nerd Sunny Dae as the lead in a rock band, Sunny rolls with it forming a fake band with his friends, but as the lies continue he risks losing both Cirrus and his friends. Written by the acclaimed author of Frankly in Love.
Reader's Advisory Spotlight
Spotlight on Kanopy Part 1

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!   Look for part two next month!

Feature Films
Kanopy has a ton of feature films, including a number from independent powerhouse A24 (MoonlightLadybirdEx Machina). If you are a horror fan like myself, you can find a massive collection of older and newer horror classics and cult movies alike (HereditaryAuditionBasket Case). You can also watch short films on Kanopy, including Oscar-nominated and winning films (The DoorGod of LoveDetainment) (be aware, however, that these do cost a credit to watch even though they are short). 

World Cinema 
If you are a fan of foreign films, Kanopy’s got you covered. Their World Cinema collection includes such favorites as the Academy Award-winning Parasite, French-language favorite Amelie, and vampire classic Let the Right One In. There are short films in this collection as well, and when Kanopy says “world” cinema they mean it - here you will find films from Latin America, Europe, China, the Middle-East, and anywhere else you can think of.

The Criterion Collection
For the movie buffs among you, Kanopy has a large range of films from the highly respected Criterion Collection, which strives to provide access to the greatest classic and contemporary films in the world in excellent technical quality. Find older and newer classics as the filmmakers would want them to be seen, presented with loving care on Kanopy (The Great Dictator, The Seventh SealSeven Samurai, Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, and Laurence Olivier’s Richard III to name just a few).

TV Shows
TV shows are also available for watching on Kanopy, though be aware that each episode costs a credit. Along with great series from the History Channel (Washington), PBS (Twice Born: Stories from the Special Delivery Unit), and A&E (Born this Way), you can find popular television series like fantasy hit The Librarians, old-school favorites like Tate, and psychological thrillers like Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Penance

As you can see, there are a ton of movies, shows, and educational options available through Kanopy. So get out your Ilsley Public Library card and check it out today! Confused or need help? Feel free to stop by and ask a librarian, or give us a call and we will help you troubleshoot!

Some of Hayley’s Favorites: 

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
A Ghost Story
Seven Samurai

Friends of Ilsley Public Library
Used Book Sale
Saturday, November 6, 11:00 - 2:30

All proceeds from the used book sales directly support programming at IPL.  Over the last ten years Friends of Ilsley Public Library have raised more than $75,000 for IPL programming.

We are always looking for new members and ideas. Would you like to become our friend?  
Thanks to funding from The Friends of Ilsley Public Library, every kindergartener at Mary Hogan Elementary School got a 5 Little Pumpkin Glove as part of their lesson on storytelling from Ilsley's Youth Librarian, Miss Tricia. 
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