Upcoming Events

  • Friday November 24 (All day) to Sunday December 31 (All day)

    This holiday season, Phoenix Books is partnering with Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) to collect books for children all over Vermont. The book drive will run from Thanksgiving through the end of the year, and customers will receive a 20% discount off books purchased for donation (some exclusions apply) and will have the chance to enter a drawing for a Phoenix Books gift certificate.

    CLiF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low­-income, at­-risk, and rural children up to age 12 throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Since 1998, CLiF has supported and inspired nearly 200,000 young readers and writers through literacy program grants and has given away almost $5 million in new, high­-quality children's books. CLiF brings authors, illustrators and storytellers, literacy programming and resources, including new books, to elementary schools, libraries, after school programs, shelters and affordable housing units, refugee programs, Head Start, nutrition programs, and many others.

    CLiF's current and recent programs local to Phoenix Books locations include:

    • Year of the Book grant at Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes School in Burlington (pictured at right) for the 2017-2018 school year: This is CLiF's biggest grant program, in which every child receives 10 free books throughout the school year, in addition to new books for school and library.
    • Fletcher Free Library receives new books (including book bundles they will loan to local schools) and a presentation by local author/illustrator Jason Chin on 11/30/17 as part of a local Year of the Book school grant.
    • CLiF is sponsoring J.J. Flynn Elementary’s Senior Reading Buddies program with the retirement community next door (in Burlington’s New North end) for the second year.
    • Lund Adoption Center received storytelling and new books at their 20th Annual Adoption Picnic this fall, a parent discussion on reading together, and new books for Lund adoption offices and for children of adopted families to keep.
    • Champlain Valley Head Start Open House at Shelburne Museum: CLiF provided stories and new books for the Head Start programs this Fall, as well as two new books for each child.
    • Jericho Town Library received CLiF's Rural Libraries grant for the 2017-2018 school year, including four storytelling presentations, funds for special literacy initiatives and programs in the library, new books for the library and local elementary school and two new books for each child to choose at each presentation.
    • CLiF's Summer Readers programs serve Essex Parks & Recreation and Camp Koda Essex each year, as well as Rutland’s Little Lambs program
    • Rural Libraries sponsorship 2017-2018 at Roger Clark Memorial Library in Pittsfield/Killington Elementary school: They recently held a Veteran’s Day event with new books about veterans supported by the CLiF grant.
    • In the past year, CLiF has served the Ludlow Afterschool Program with stories and new books and a Rural Libraries sponsorship in Proctorsville, as well as a Year of the Book grant at Ludlow Elementary School a few years ago.
  • Saturday December 16, 9:00 am to 10:30 pm

    Join us for a meet-and-greet and book signing with John Churchman, coauthor of The Sheepover, Brave Little Finn, and A Farm for Maisie.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Meet adorable sheepdog Maisie in this follow-up to the picture book phenomenon The SheepOver!
    When Maisie Grace the puppy arrives at Moonrise Farm, she's excited about her new home but overwhelmed by all the bustling activity around her. She learns about each animal's job: the chickens lay eggs, the pony pulls a cart for Farmer John, and the sheep make lots of soft wool for blankets and warm clothes. But what will Maisie's job be? With the help of older dog Laddie and her new friends, Maisie realizes how she can help - she's going to be a sheepdog! This charming story by John and Jennifer Churchman, featuring their photo-illustrations of the real animals on their bustling Vermont farm including fan favorites Sweet Pea from The Sheepover and Finn from Brave Little Finn, celebrates the joy of finding just where you belong.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  John Churchman is an artist, photographer and farmer, bringing stories to life with his enchanting photo-illustrations. John and Jennifer bring their talents together to give voice to the stories of all the animals that surround them and add boundless enjoyment to their lives. They have made their home on a small farm in the beautiful countryside of Essex, Vermont, with their daughter Gabrielle. They are also the authors of the New York Times bestseller The SheepOver.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, December 16th from 9:00-10:30am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  Free.  All ages welcome.

  • Saturday December 16, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

    Join the lead actors of Mary Poppins for a Meet & Greet at Phoenix Books in Rutland, VT and enjoy a special sweet treat to celebrate Rutland Youth Theatre's upcoming holiday production of Mary Poppins, the Broadway Musical at the Paramount Theatre on December 22nd and 23rd. 

    Get a sneak peek "behind the scene" of the show, learn about the craft of acting and what it takes to be an youth actor in a musical.

    Be sure to bring your Questions and Answers and your singing voice!

     

    Mary Poppins - Leah Chase-Bigelow
    Bert - Val Giesey
    Jane Banks -  Aila Malay
    Michael Banks - Sam Walker
    Mr. Banks - Garrett Waite
    Mrs. Banks - Haley Lassen

  • Saturday December 16, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Join us for a meet and greet and book signing with Megan Price, the author of the phenomenally popular Vermont Wild series featuring tales from our state's fish and game wardens. Come in and have Megan personalize a copy of the new Vermont Wild Volume #5 for the hunter or wildlife-watcher in your life.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  A former award-winning journalist and Vermont legislator, Price has been called a "folklore artist" for her ability to breathe life into little known, true tales of the Green Mountains as told by those who lived them. "The books are a working man's history," Price says. "The stories combine history, humor, conservation, danger​ and courage​."​ Price gives credit to the retired game wardens who share their adventures with her, putting their names and photos in the books. "I'm always looking for more wardens, more deputies, more good stories, from any state. I ​want to save good stories and share them. I ​hope people will stop by and pass along a name ​of a retired game warden or deputy with good stories ​if they know someone," she added. "The older fellows tend to have the best stories! And I'm interested in hearing from wardens from every state."​

    ABOUT THE VERMONT WILD BOOKS:  Whether confronting moose, rescuing raccoons, training reluctant tracking dogs or searching for clues to catch clever poachers, Price's true tales of our North Woods resonate with all ages, tourists as well as Vermont natives. The "Wild" books are taken to hunting camp, taught in middle and high schools to encourage children to read and write their own stories, read out loud in nursing homes and mailed world wide to those who love Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, December 16th from 1-4pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Saturday December 16, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Browse for gifts while you enjoy live holiday music from many countries and many times.  Full Circle is a group of five women who play a mixture of medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, folk, and holiday music on recorders, tin whistle, harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, percussion and voices. Their recordings will be offered for sale at the store.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, December 16th from 1-3pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Free & open to all.

  • Saturday December 16, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    Visit Phoenix Books Burlington for a tarot reading. Rachel's approach to tarot draws from Jung and the concept that we can access collective symbols and archetypes from our unconscious that can assist in guiding our intuition.

    Rachel is a self-taught tarot reader and has been reading tarot for six years now. She began public readings about a year and a half ago. She has read at weddings and parties as well as for private individuals. Rachel has an MA in clinical mental health counseling from Antioch University New England and has a private psychotherapy practice in Williston working with individual adults. In her off time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and reading.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, December 16th from 6:00-7:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Readings are first come, first served. Suggested donation is $5-10.

    PLEASE NOTE: Tarot readings are for entertainment purposes only.

  • Sunday December 17, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Browse for gifts while you enjoy live holiday music from many countries and many times.  Full Circle is a group of five women who play a mixture of medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, folk, and holiday music on recorders, tin whistle, harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, percussion and voices. Their recordings will be offered for sale at the store.

     

    DATE:  Sunday, December 17th from 1-3pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Free & open to all.

  • Friday December 29, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Visit Phoenix Books Burlington for a tarot reading. Rachel's approach to tarot draws from Jung and the concept that we can access collective symbols and archetypes from our unconscious that can assist in guiding our intuition.

    Rachel is a self-taught tarot reader and has been reading tarot for six years now. She began public readings about a year and a half ago. She has read at weddings and parties as well as for private individuals. Rachel has an MA in clinical mental health counseling from Antioch University New England and has a private psychotherapy practice in Williston working with individual adults. In her off time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and reading.

     

    DATE:  Friday, December 29th from noon to 1:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Readings are first come, first served. Suggested donation is $5-10.

    PLEASE NOTE: Tarot readings are for entertainment purposes only.

  • Sunday December 31 (All day)

    Phoenix Books Burlington will be a venue for this year's First Night Burlington!  Please visit the First Night Burlington website for details.  Phoenix will be open until 10pm in Burlington for the celebrations.

    First Night began as a substance-free, New Year’s Eve festival of the arts in Boston in 1976. In 1983, Burlington became the fifth city in the world to embrace the First Night concept. With the recent transformation of First Night Boston into a significantly different event, managed by a for-profit special events firm and featuring little or no performing arts presentations, First Night Burlington is now the longest-standing, private New Year’s Eve celebration of its kind anywhere in the United States. The event is now in its 35th year as Vermont’s largest, single-day arts festival, providing a healthy, accessible, and affordable New Year’s Eve celebration to thousands of people in our community.

  • Tuesday January 9, 6:30 pm

    Join Phoenix Books Burlington for the celebration of the launch of Cinse Bonino's new book, The Ride of Your Life: choosing what drives you, the newest title to be published with Onion River Press.

    About the Book: How often does fear influence your choices? Everyone gets tempted to allow fear to take charge of their lives when they shouldn’t. If you are ready to kick fear out of the driver’s seat this book can help. Learn how your fear convinces you to put it in charge of making decisions for you. Learn which of fear’s lies are easiest for you to believe. Become familiar with your own particular version of fear. Realize how dwelling on things that happened in the past and worrying about what will or will not happen in the future can convince you to overreact in the present. Discover when to listen to fear and when to realize it’s being a drama queen spouting worst-case scenarios. Develop the courage to kick fear to the curb once you understand that the opposite of failure isn’t success, it’s learning. Be kind to yourself as you begin to choose intelligence, experiential knowledge, intuition, and instinct as your primary drivers. Transform your life by choosing to listen to fear only when it’s doing its job appropriately. Learn to use your fear as the helpful tool it can be instead of allowing it to carjack your connection to reality.

    About the Author: Cinse Bonino is a former professor of Creativity & Conceptual Development with a background in Education and the Psychology of Human Learning. Cinse currently presents workshops and talks on: creativity, problem solving, communication, teaching and learning, and personal awareness. She also does one-on-one awareness sessions (in person and online) to help individuals better define and create the way they want to be in the world. Cinse lives in Burlington, Vermont, with her cats Jasper and Melina, and enjoys widely spaced but deeply appreciated visits from her son who currently serves in the U. S. Army. Check out Cinse’s offerings at: seechoosedo.com

    DATE:  Tuesday, January 9th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all

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Story Time at Phoenix Books

Weekly story times will resume in January 2018!
Enjoy timeless tales and new adventures with your little ones.  Each week, we'll choose a new picture book, a classic, or a staff favorite.  See you there!
Burlington: Saturdays at 11am (Want to double check on a particular date?  Call us at 802-448-3350.)
Essex:  Wednesdays at 10am and Saturdays at 11am (Call 872-7111 for more info.)
Rutland:  Saturdays at 1am  (Call 855-8078 for more info.)