Building the library of the future: The library is a ‘third space’

In 1991, urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg coined the term “third space” to describe the neutral, public places in our lives that are not home (first space) or work/school (second space).

Opinion: Library is ‘my second home’

I met my best friends at the library, but I didn’t know it then. I don’t really remember the music or yoga classes that much, but I do remember watching plays and listening to the librarians read stories every summer.

Ilsley Library makeover gains some momentum

A team working on major upgrades to Middlebury’s Ilsley Library continues to meet, gather information and root out potential funding sources in hopes of potentially presenting the community with a bond request in Nov. 2024.

Building the library of the future: Range of programs builds community

I often describe the library as a community center, and programs that build community connections are an important part of that.

Opinion: Ilsley workshop spurs creativity of poets

A library — the best kind of library — can give something back. The library can make books.

Eckles transforms her art into fashion statements

In the exhibit “Come What May,” on display through April 30 at Isley Pubic Library, painter Alice Eckels showcases her work, both as paintings and as wearable art.

Ilsley and Otter Creek Child Center eye federal funds

Proponents of two major building proposals in downtown Middlebury are hoping to secure millions in federal grant money to help underwrite their projects, both of which would they say will serve the public good.

Dana Hart: Libraries bring life to stories, public spaces

The breadth and depth of the programs libraries offer might surprise you, and today I’m going to talk about a relatively recent library program: Books on Sticks.

Opinion: Books on Sticks benefit us all

Throughout the seasons, I often look out my kitchen window and see neighbors wandering up Harrow Way as they read the most recent children’s book on wooden stakes.

Psych prof discusses how to respond to science denial

AAUW and Ilsley Library are hosting a Zoom presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., by author and Middlebury College Professor Emerita of Psychology Barbara Hofer.

Ilsley leaders hoping boiler will hold on

Ilsley Public Library officials are withdrawing their request for a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for the building, in view of a major rise in project cost estimates and the conundrum of where to relocate services while the work is … (read more)

GOP gun rights meeting to be held at Ilsley

The Addison County Republicans next week will host an event promoted as the “Gun Rights in Vermont” briefing in Middlebury.

Dana Hart: Libraries can be good co-working spaces

Libraries often reflect, directly and in real time, societal shifts. So while it is true that we aren’t having as many large and raucous gatherings in our Community Meeting Room, other library uses are skyrocketing.

Opinion: Ilsley welcomed me for co-working

Anyone who writes a good deal knows that it can be an isolating experience. And writer’s isolation was creeping up on me as I got deeply to work on my most recent book, which deals with organizational turbulence.

Ilsley advocates resume repair efforts

Middlebury officials have agreed to jumpstart a dormant effort to improve and expand the Ilsley Public Library, whose deficiencies have become even more apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic.