Former Ilsley Librarian Recieves Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education

October 17th, 2019

Joan Robinson, a former Ilsley Public Library staff member, will be recognized by the Vermont Arts Council on October 23 at the Mahaney Center. Congratulations, Joan!

Joan has worked as a teacher, storyteller, actor, cartoonist, librarian, playwright, and—for more than twenty years—adjunct faculty in St. Michael’s Graduate Education Program. As the first education director, then school programs director at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, she initiated the organization’s year-round performing arts classes, created “Words Come Alive!” and helped found the Integrated Arts Academy (IAA). She later served as drama coach at IAA. Additional career highlights include creating Ilsley’s Haunted Library, touring Vermont as Ms. Frizzle, and co-writing the play Bigger Than All of Us. Joan continues working happily as a Flynn teaching artist.

Mobile Library at the Farmer’s Market

June 18th, 2019

Ilsley Public Library will be at the Middlebury Farmer’s Market from 9-10:30 am on June 19th, July 17th, August 21st, September 18th, and October 16th. Stop by our booth to checkout new books, register for a library card, return materials, or just say hello!

Do you have ideas for other places the Mobile Library should visit? Email with suggestions on where we should go next!

How to Weed Your Attic: Getting Rid of Junk without Destroying History

March 25th, 2019

Vermont authors, Elizabeth “Wiz” Dow  and Lucinda Poole Cockrell, co-authors of the book, How to Weed Your Attic: Getting Rid of Junk without Destroying History will speak at the Ilsley Library, Middlebury, VT on Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 pm. Co-sponsored by the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, VT. The talk is free and open to the public.

Tell Me! Tour Results and Discussion

February 28th, 2019

Library director Dana Hart shared what she learned during the library’s Tell Me! Tour.  Learn more about the information gathered during the Tell Me! Tour by viewing the slides from the presentation or watching the recording. You can participate in the ongoing conversation about Ilsley’s resources, services, and future direction by sharing your feedback with Dana or other library staff.


Library Closing at 5pm Tonight

February 6th, 2019

Due to inclement weather, the Library will close at 5 pm tonight.

Our First Wednesday talk, “What You Didn’t Know about Evangelicanism,” will NOT take place tonight (Wednesday, February 6). The talk has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 22 at 7 pm.

Community Conversation

November 21st, 2018

“I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough?”
An interactive workshop on white privilege with author Debby Irving (Waking Up White)

December 2, 1- 3:00 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Middlebury

Racism taps into our deepest fears. Understanding how it works is the key to breaking down barriers that interfere with best intentions.

A reading list of books on race and privilege can be found here.

An annotated list of multicultural books for children can be found here.

On Sunday, January 27 from 3 – 5:00 p.m. at the Congregational Church, Debby Irving will lead a second workshop, “Leveling the Playing Field: Interrupting Patterns of Privilege.”

Sponsored by the Congregational Church of Middlebury, UCC, SURJ Middlebury (Showing Up for Racial Justice), Middlebury College, The Vermont Book Shop, and Ilsley Public Library.

Recorder Lessons at Ilsley Library with MCMC

May 29th, 2018

Registration is now closed. Call the children's room at 388-4097 with any questions.

Workshop Registration – Introduction to Movie Making

May 21st, 2018

Registration is now closed.

Stream films for free

May 4th, 2018

Kanopy – Over 30,000 films entirely free with a library card.

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free for Ilsley Public Library cardholders. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films  by visiting Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.

Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers. You can learn how to set up an account with canopy here.

Watch the video

April 11th, 2018

Understanding Scripture
John Keenan
Recorded of April 4, 2018 

On April 4, Middlebury College professor emeritus John Keenan spoke at Ilsley as part of the First Wednesday series. Keenan considers how we come to understand scripture and gain an interfaith reading of the text by stepping back to see it in context and by stepping aside the text to see parallels and similarities with other traditions.