Category Archives: At the Ilsley

At the Ilsley: Birds, Bees, and Butterflies in the Land of Milk and Honey

Addison County used to be known as the “Land of Milk and Honey.” Today the honeybee faces many affronts to its immune system in these days of habitat destruction and pesticide overload. The high colony loss challenges facing beekeepers and the declining bird, butterfly and native bee populations makes it all the more imperative that local beekeepers, farmers, gardeners and homeowners learn healthy ways to assist pollinators and improve their chances of survival. Local beekeeper Ross Conrad shares the “how to” of numerous techniques and lays out a map that we can use to reduce stresses on pollinator health. Recorded 03/20/18 by Addison County homeschooled kids.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

Gorge: My Journey up Kilimanjaro at 300 pounds

Kara Richardson Whitely reads from her book, Gorge, about climbing Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro weighing as much as 300 pounds. Kara’s talk will address issues of positive self-image, food addiction/binge eating recovery, helping others (all three of her Kilimanjaro hikes raised funds for AIDS orphans in Africa) and the benefits of movement and spending time in nature. Recorded 7/22/17.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

ACORN: Three High Performance Homes, Three Aproaches

Producer: ACORN

This presentation will compare the design, construction, and performance of three new Addison County high-performance homes completed in 2015 and 2016. All two-story buildings on small lots, these homes used a variety of construction systems to accommodate aesthetic, site, and builder considerations. Find out how overall home designs met the interests and goals of the homeowners; the cost, performance and ease of construction of the different envelope systems; and reasons to choose one system over the others. Presentation will include cost and payback information as well. Presenters: Jean Terwilliger of Vermont Integrated Architecture, P.C., Alex Carver of Northern Timbers Construction, and Tom LeBoeuf of Northeast Craftsmen Group. Recorded at the Ilsley Library 4/18/17.

Donald and Hillary: Who Will Win the 2016 Election?

Middlebury College Political Science Professor Matt Dickinson draws on his experiences following the presidential candidates to explain how Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton became their party nominees, and looks ahead to the general election to predict who will be our next president – and why.

Sponsored by the Addison County Retired Teachers Association.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

Weimar Germany and the Rise of the Third Reich

Jack Mayer, author of Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project, presents a talk about the turbulent history of Germany’s Weimar democracy after World War I and the rise of Nazism. This history is the basis for his new historical fiction, Before the Court of Heaven, based on the true story of the 1922 assassination of Weimar’s highest ranking Jew – Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau – and the subsequent trial of the conspirators, the seeds of Hitler’s dictatorship. Dr. Mayer’s discussion fleshes out the remarkable historical events and considers how they led ordinary people to become complicit in extraordinary crimes. This talk is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Filmed by Chris Kirby for Ilsley Public Library and Middlebury Community Television 9/22/16.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

Global Warming: Prof. Rich Wolfson

Rich Wolfson, Middlebury College Professor of physics, reviews the latest evidence for global climate change, explains why the observed warming results largely from human activities, and explores future climate scenarios.

This talk is sponsored by the Addison County Retired Teachers Association. Filmed by Chris Kirby for Ilsley Public Library and Middlebury Community Television 5/11/16.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library