Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury is launching a chess club with the help of Parker "Monty" Montgomery, who has successfully led chess clubs in other public libraries. This club will meet weekly in the Vermont Room at the Library.
Ilsley Public Library's Youth Services department has completed the first wave of refurbishing our parenting collection. Over 120 new books have been ordered, and many have already arrived. The parenting collection is located in the youth services department, and it contains materials of useful to parents, caregivers and educators.
Materials cover a broad range of topics, such as death, divorce, homeschooling, healthy eating, discipline and activities for kids. Also included in this section are books on specific concerns, such as dyslexia, aspergers syndrome, autism and sleep.
The renewal of the parenting collection has been made possible through a grant from the Winnie Belle Learned Fund, which was established by Dr. Burnett Rawson in honor of Vermont educator Winnie Belle Learned.
Through Nov. 14 children are welcome to stop by Youth services at Ilsley Public Library to make paper airplanes and measure how far they glide through the air. Youngsters are invited to record their results and leave their planes on display.
From Nov. 16-28 the library will host a "Build a Bridge Challenge." In the Youth Services department we'll have a station set up for building a bridge with file cards. The challenge is to create a bridge and then see how much weight it will hold. Kids are invited to record their results and enter them into a prize drawing.