Summer 2021

Join us for a variety of reading programs for adults, teens and kids!

Enter the Tales & Tails Reading Raffle!

Week 1 – July 10    $10 Midd Money

Week 2 – July 17    $10 Midd Money

Week 3 – July 24    $10 Midd Money

Week 4 – July 31    $50 Green Mountain Adventures Gift Certificate

Week 5 – August 7      $10 Midd Money

Week 6 – August 14    $10 Midd Money

Week 7 – August 21    $10 Midd Money

Week 8 – August 28    Grand Prize - $75 A&W Gift Certificate



There are 3 ways to enter the raffle:

Each of these actions gets your name entered into that week’s raffle AND the grand prize raffle.


Post a selfie of you holding a book you read during this summer to our one of our social media pages along with: #iplsummer21


Submit a short book review of a book you read during this summer.


Stop in and pick up your Tails & Tales summer reading card. Each time you complete a suggested activity, stop in to have it checked off.

Adult Summer Programs

So, You Want to be a Wildlife Rehabilitator

July 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

So, You Want to be a Wildlife Rehabilitator 1:00 PM in the Garden Join Rose Gale and her apprentice Lucy…

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Walking Book Discussion

July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Homeward Bound parking lot

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love, Larry Levin Meet at Homeward Bound parking lot @ 6:00PM Join Jessica…

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Building Bee Bliss, Part 2

August 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Building Bee Bliss with Blossoms, Pt 2 3:00 PM in the garden Join Master Gardener Intern and member of Middlebury…

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Fish Tales with Steve

August 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Library Lobby

Fish Tales with Steve 9:00 AM meet on the front steps of the library Join  Steve from Green Mountain Adventures…

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Summer Reading for Youth

Our Tails and Tales summer reading program will run for 8 weeks, from June 13th - August 7th. Please register at the children’s desk, or email The reading program will once again use a calendar to track reading. As in previous years, kids will put a sticker on each day that they read. If children have at least 20 stickers on their calendar and have answered the question on the back, then they can turn in their calendar for prizes. The first calendar will run June 13th - July 10th and can be redeemed at Haymaker Buns in Middlebury for a free OG bun OR cookie of your choice AFTER July 10th. The second calendar will cover July 11th - August 7th and can be turned in at the library for $5 in Middlebury Money AFTER August 7th. Further details for redemption will be posted as the date approaches.

Ilsley Public Library will continue to offer take and make activities as part of our summer reading program: STEM activities, crafts, and sewing kits will be available for pick-up in the children’s room. One bag per child per week please! Information on the specific bags will be available in our monthly newsletter and online.

Books on Sticks will continue to be updated through August. Titles are swapped out every two weeks at each of our two locations: Waterfall Park by the Marbleworks, and Harrow Way in Buttolph Acres. Enjoy a great story while moving outdoors!

From June 22nd – July 29th Ilsley Public Library will be running 3 regular outdoor programs: Join Ms. Tricia for Book Bike Storytime and book giveaways on Thursdays at the free lunch program in front of the hockey rink/pool. Ms. Laura will host a BYO lunch storytime at Harold Curtiss park behind the Sarah Partridge library in East Middlebury on Tuesday afternoons. On Wednesday mornings Lynn will set up drop-in preschool garden art activities. Social distancing is required for all programs. Space in the garden is limited; please check in with us if you would like to attend with 5 or more children. Check our monthly newsletter or online calendar for times.

Thank you to Haymaker Buns and the Better Middlebury Partnership for co-sponsoring our summer reading program, to Mary Jane Simpson and Kris Andrews for putting together our STEM and sewing take-and-make bags, and to Marbleworks and the residents of Harrow Way for hosting our Books on Sticks.

Teen Programs

Greetings to our wonderful library patrons! Welcome to Ilsley's Teen Summer Reading Program 2021.


This year, Teen Summer Reading is going virtual! To participate, post a picture of your current read (or a selfie of you with it) to Ilsley's Teen Instagram or Teen Facebook page with the hashtag #IPLSummer2021 or submit a book review using the form on our website:

After four weeks, participating teens will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to The Vermont Book Shop. At eight weeks, teens who complete the program will be eligible for our grand prize drawing of a $100 gift certificate to Frog Hollow Bikes. Thank you to Big Guys Entertainment, Amy Mincher and Elaine Anderson for generously sharing their programming
talents this summer!

Summer Reading at Sarah Partridge Library

From June 21st through July 27th, join Ms. Laura every Tuesday at 12:30pm for Storytime In The Park! Listen to some wonderful stories, do a little dancing, a little singing at the East Middlebury Park behind the Sarah Partridge Library - bring your lunch, bring your blanket and get ready to have some fun! For more information, please 388-7588 or check the Ilsley Public Library or Sarah Partridge Library Facebook pages!