Ilsley to collect books for kids in need

MIDDLEBURY - For the nineteenth year Ilsley Library will be collecting books for children in need. The charitable spirit of the Addison County makes this drive a tremendous success. Last year the community contributed over 400 books.

The Christmas Shop at HOPE distributed these books to children whose parents might otherwise not be able to afford a new book.

To contribute to this year's collection, drop off clean, new, undamaged children's books at Ilsley Public Library, the Vermont Book Shop, the Bridge School, or the Mary Hogan School. Collection boxes are available from Nov. 27 until Dec. 21. A gift of a book can make a big difference in a child's life this holiday season.

For further information, contact the Ilsley Public Library at 388-4095.

hess club

Ilsley's new Chess Club has gotten off to an exciting start. Join Parker "Monty" Montgomery on Wednesdays after school at 3:00 p.m. in the Vermont Room at Ilsley Public Library. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to play chess and how to develop chess-playing strategies.

Ilsley drop in programs:

There are three exciting drop in programs scheduled for the month of December in the youth services department at Ilsley Public Library. From Dec. 7-12 kids are invited to make holiday cards for friends and family.

There will be plenty of art supplies for them to craft something special. From Dec. 14-19 there will be "Building with Candy." Kids can spend some time making amazing structures with toothpicks, gumdrops, and marshmallows.

Afterwards they can compare the difference in strength between different types of cubes and pyramids to learn which structures hold up best under pressure. From December Dec. 21-31 we'll have a station set up where kids can see how high they can stack playing cards. Children are invited to measure the height of their house, record their results, and enter them into a prize drawing.

Storyhour at Ilsley Public Library continues on its regular schedule through Dec. 17. Storyhour for toddlers takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and for preschoolers it is at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Storyhour provides children an opportunity to play with language through rhymes and songs. Art activities at storyhour are designed to help children develop their motor skills, and the time working on projects is a great opportunity for parents and children to have a positive social experience.

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