2019 Annual Impact Report

January 14th, 2020

Checkout the library’s 2019 Annual Impact Report to see the activity at Ilsley over the past year and learn about new services and resources!

Ilsley Library 2019 Impact Report

2020 Decennial U.S. Census

January 3rd, 2020

The 2020 Decennial U.S. Census is coming in March. The U.S. Census Bureau will mail a paper questionnaire to your home; for the first time, however, in addition to returning the questionnaire by mail or answering the questions over the phone, you will have the option of completing the Census online. Ilsley Public Library will have computers available for you to complete the Census online. If you have questions or concerns about the Census you can learn more at the Town’s Census information page, or by asking a librarian.

First Wednesday Talk: Graphic Novels to Watch Out For

December 2nd, 2019

Alison Bechdel, author of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomedy, discusses what makes comics such a powerful medium for addressing and upending oppression.

A program of Vermont Humanities. Held at Wilson Hall.

Learning Express

November 22nd, 2019

Learning Express is a collection of resources designed to help with career development, such as practice materials for occupational exams, college admissions test preparation, learning tutorials for popular software and applications, and much more!

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.