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Ilsley Public Library

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Middlebury, VT 05753 United States

November 2019

Blurring the Lines Between Sacred and Secular

November 6
7:00 pm

How might the interests and concerns of faith communities intersect with those of the secular world without upsetting the boundaries between religion and the state? Reverend Dr. Arnold Thomas leads an open discussion of faith in the modern world. Read More »


January 2020

The Sound of Music: Diamond Jubilee

January 8, 2020
7:00 pm

In 1959, Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre premiered a musical on an unlikely topic: an Austrian family who had become famous for escaping Nazi Germany. The Sound of Music went on to win five Tony Awards, along with five Academy Awards in its film adaptation. Pianist and scholar Robert Wyatt discusses the history of the musical as well as the audience’s reaction, then and now. Read More »


February 2020

When the Bicycle Came to Vermont

February 5, 2020
7:00 pm

UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, an invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived in the 1880s—helping spark important changes in industrial production, consumerism, road policies, gender relations, and cultural ideas. Read More »


March 2020

Rural America is a Big Deal

March 4, 2020
7:00 pm

Whitney Kimball Coe, coordinator of the National Rural Assembly, shows that although rural communities are hurting, they also hold a wealth of solutions for a nation struggling to fuel its economy, feed a hungry planet, and take on global issues like climate change. Read More »


April 2020

Visualizing Votes for Women

April 1, 2020
7:00 pm

In celebration of the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, UVM professor Melanie Gustafson highlights women's suffrage activists and their movement to win the vote. Read More »


May 2020

Life in the Studio

May 6, 2020
7:00 pm
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David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of Castle, Cathedral, and The Way We Work, traces the development of his books and discusses current projects and the challenges in his work. Read More »

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