Fermentation Workshop

Fermentation Workshop

Tuesday, October 28, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

In this hands-on workshop, Christa Gowen will show you how to make a few different kinds of vegetable ferments. People should bring 1-2 clean quart size mason jars, a cutting board and a sharp knife. Register at the adult circulation desk.



Educating Girls in Afghanistan

Tuesday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Mary Kerr, former weekly newspaper editor, author and journalist, will share her experiences with SOLA (School of Leadership Afghanistan) students in Kabul earlier this year.  Mary brings keen insight to the historical transition taking place in Afghanistan, especially for women.  This program is open to the public. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women. Contact Liane Barrera at 388-7421 for more information. READ MORE


Elephants on the Brink

Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m.
Asian elephants are engaged in a struggle for their very survival.  Don and Karen Glauber describe their personal journey of living with and working for 37 Asian elephants at a unique Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand.   Through photos and videos from six trips to Thailand, they share their experiences with these beautiful animals and address historical, political and cultural influences which shed light on their present crisis.  Love and respect for these gentle giants and the people who have dedicated their lives to rescuing and healing them provides the inspiration for the presentation.  The Glaubers share what simple things we can do to help save the elephants for future generations. READ MORE


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


First Wednesdays Talk

The Real Robert Frost
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Alternatively described as a “monster of egotism” or the folksy, avuncular bard of popular legend, the real Robert Frost remains elusive.  Edinboro College professor Donald Sheehy, co-editor of Frost’s recently published “Complete Letters”, explains why. READ MORE

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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, October 10, 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. READ MORE

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