Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Children

Tuesday evenings, starting Sept. 9 
Experience a classic Russian Novel! Join Middlebury College Emeritus Professor Michael Katz in reading and discussing Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Children (a.k.a., Fathers and Sons), first published in 1862. Unlike most Russian novels of the period, Fathers and Children is short (only 160 pages) and easy to read. It is a very enjoyable introduction to the Golden Age of Russian Literature. The group will meet five times, on Tuesday evenings (September 9 – October 7) from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. in the Vermont Room. Please register your interest and get a copy of the book at the adult circulation desk. READ MORE


The Unethical(?) Journalist

Journalists are sometimes obligated by their role in a democratic society to cause harm to others in order to provide important news.  At 10:30 a.m. Mark Timney, a professor at Keene State College, will deliver a lecture that draws on his teaching interests, as well as his background in television news.  He will consider how a journalistic professional morality sometimes supersedes a standard public morality and how these two standards of morality affect the public’s view of journalists.  This presentation is sponsored by the Addison County Retired Teachers Association. READ MORE


New Books & Movies


Each month, the library adds lots of new books, audiobooks, and movies to our collection. We highlight a selection of these materials in eNewsletters and on our website.


Game Board Night


Board Game Night
Friday, September 12, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Come to the meeting room and play tabletop board games. Sponsored by the Addison County Gamers. Anyone under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. For more information, Chuck Burkins at 802-758-3250 or chuck@burkins.net.


Download Audio and eBooks


Listen Up! Vermont provides both ebooks (text and imaged-based digital publications) as well as digital audiobooks for PCs and Apple devices. Users must download and install free software to use this service. READ MORE

Genealogy & Local History

Ilsley holds a wealth of local history information that is available for researching. This collection includes: circulating and reference books, atlases, family histories, genealogies, periodicals, government imprints, and pamphlets.


Film Collection

The library has a growing film and television collection on DVD, including many foreign films. Use the searches on this page to browse the collection.


Online Learning

Explore some of the many innovations taking place in online learning. From Massive Open Online Classes (MOOCS) in which 100,000 students participate, to “flipped” classrooms in which students attend online lectures at home and do homework in classes, the Web is changing how education is delivered. Here is a sample of some of the new learning resources available online. READ MORE