Library History — 2000 to Present

2002 – New website launched in December.

2003 – Side entrance expanded. New circulation desk and office space added. The East Middlebury Fire District #1 and the library’s Board of Trustees agreed to have Ilsley staff manage the Sarah Partridge library,  led by Mona Rogers.  Air conditioning installed throughout the library. Governor Douglas spoke at an open house in September to mark the completion of the building projects funded by the Freeman Foundation, Town of Middlebury, and Friends of Ilsley Public Library.

2004 The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science awarded IPL a Blue Ribbon Award for the Collier Health Information Collection.  First Wednesdays lectures began in conjunction with the Vermont Humanities Council.  The Ilsley Book Cart Drill Team, with its precision formations, debuted at the 2004 Memorial Day parade.

2005  Two graduates of Middlebury Union High School, Kathryn Scott and Christopher Kirby (who later completed degrees at Mt. Holyoke and University of Chicago respectively) joined the staff. Middlebury topped the list of Vermont public libraries on the seven year old Hennen’s American Public Library Rating system. This rating was based on 15 factors such as cost per circulation, visits per capita, expenditures per capita, and collection turnover.

2006 The board of trustees adopted Sustaining Excellence: Plan for Service to the Middlebury Community 2007-2011.  A self-check terminal was added.

2007 The Imagination Library program of the Dolly Parton Foundation began in July and expanded in January 2008 to all residents of Addison County.  This program provides each child under the age of 5 years a free book mailed to his or her home once a month. Addison County Readers, Inc, with the United Way of Addison County as their fiscal agent, partnered to bring this program to all county children.

2008 Downloading audiobooks available through the library’s website.  Carol Chatfield, IPL’s youth services librarian since 1996, retired in January after a 40 year career.

2009  Ilsley staff are leaders in the Green Mountain Library Consortium that brings electronic services to libraries throughout the state. Judah Hamer is treasurer of the consortium and Chris Kirby is the technical co-ordinator.