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These events all took place in our Essex store.

Solar Presentation by SunCommon (Essex)

Phoenix Books Essex and SunCommon are co-hosting a solar seminar and Q&A on Wednesday April 24th from 6 to 7 pm. Come learn how you can save money by going solar. We'll cover solar from A to Z including why it works in Vermont, state policy, tax credits, financing options, leasing versus owning, and how to design the best system for your home. We hope you'll join us and bring all of your questions!

SunCommon is a mission-driven company working to help homeowners in Vermont go solar. Right now they're offering their program in Chittenden, Washington, Addison, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties and working with all of the utilities in those areas. They want to make going solar as easy and affordable for Vermonters as possible and so, for the first time, Vermonters are able to go solar for no money upfront and monthly payments that are less than or equal to your current electric bill. You can finally save money by doing the right thing. To learn more go to

Read for the Record (Both Locations)

On October 3rd, children and adults will attempt to break a world record by reading Otis,
by Loren Long, in homes and communities around the globe. Phoenix is excited to be a part of this - and we hope you are too! Learn more about the national event at (Suggested age range is from 3-6 years old, but all are welcome!)

This event will take place at both Phoenix Books Essex and Phoenix Books Burlington!

Otis Cover Image
By Loren Long, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399252488
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Philomel Books - September 22nd, 2009

Otis Cover Image
By Loren Long, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399256004
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Philomel Books - January 6th, 2011

Family Game Night (Screen-Free Week at Phoenix Books Essex)

Join us for family game night!  We'll have all sorts of games for you to try out, including staff favorites like Taiga, Chickyboom, Architecto, and more.  This is the first night of Phoenix Books Essex's longer summer hours, so drop in and relax from 5-8pm.  Hungry?  We'll have special cafe offerings to celebrate the evening.




Screen-Free Week is a national celebration when children, families, schools, and communities spend seven days turning off entertainment screen media and turning ON life!  It's time to unplug and play, read, create, garden, explore nature, and spend time with family and friends. 

Teatime with Tea Rex (Screen-Free Week at Phoenix Books Essex)

Come for story time.  Stay for lunch.  Home for nap.

We'll read Tea Rex, and The Cafe at Phoenix Books Essex will have offerings inspired by this book.

Screen-Free Week is a national celebration when children, families, schools, and communities spend seven days turning off entertainment screen media and turning ON life!  It's time to unplug and play, read, create, garden, explore nature, and spend time with family and friends. 


Tea Rex Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670014309
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 9th, 2013

Some tea parties are for grown-ups.
Some are for girls.
But this tea party is for a very special guest.
And it is important to follow some rules . . .
like providing comfortable chairs,
and good conversation,
and yummy food.
But sometimes that is not enough for special guests,
especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . .

Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that just about any child would love to have to tea!

My Animal, My Self with Marta Williams (Essex)

Would you like to actively communicate with your animal companions? Come to this event with Marta Williams for a discussion of her new book about mirroring, empathy, psychodrama, and other techniques.

Marta Williams, a biologist and animal communicator, travels around the world teaching people how to communicate with animals and nature. She earned her degrees in biology and resource conservation and worked in wildlife rehabilitation, habitat restoration, and environmental regulation. Williams lives in Middletown, CA.

My Animal, My Self: A Breakthrough Way to Understand How You and Your Animal Reflect Each Other Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781608681693
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: New World Library - June 11th, 2013

Many devoted animal lovers are baffled by a bad
behavior in their companion animal. These field-tested techniques for
understanding and improving such behaviors look both at the animal and
at their human companion. The reason? Animals can mirror the people they
live with physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually -- in both
positive and negative ways. The companion animal of a human with a
serious illness or dysfunctional behavior may take the same on in an
effort to help. But animals are also active participants in their own
lives and may be offering less mirroring and more teaching by their
behavior. Marta Williams, informed by her own decades of work and her
interviews with veterinarians, animal behavior specialists, and
trainers, teaches readers to actively communicate with their animal
companions -- through mirroring, empathy, psychodrama, and other
techniques. Each chapter includes real world examples and hands-on
activities and exercises that heal both animal and human.

Call for Artists: Peepers & Creepers

The Gallery at Phoenix Books Essex is now seeking artists for our next exhibit, "Peepers & Creepers." We have a wealth of natural beauty here in Vermont, and this spring we're going to get up close and personal with the reptiles, amphibians, and insects that emerge each spring here in the Green Mountain State. This exhibit will be on our walls from the beginning of March through mid-April.

Do you have a piece of art featuring a peeper or a creeper? Contact Colleen at for more details!

While you're at it, mark your calendar for the event that inspired this exhibit: Newt Night with the North Branch Nature Center at Phoenix Books Essex on Wednesday, March 13th. You can read more here.

Discover Mysterious Pinot Noir (Essex)

Join us as we explore the mysterious world of Kelly’s favorite varietal, Pinot Noir.  It's nuances have beguiled many a wine lover over the centuries.  We will explore several examples of Pinot from around the globe and match them with local cheese.  If wine education was a train ride, Pinot Noir would be your "final destination."

Reservations strongly recommend.
$30 plus tax. Must be 21 or older.
Register online or at Phoenix Books Essex.

Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today's Vermont with Howard Coffin (Essex)

Discover the Civil War in today's Vermont with Howard Coffin.

Today, throughout Vermont, it is possible to identify hundreds and hundreds of Civil War-related sites. Throughout Vermont are soldier homes, halls where war meetings encouraged enlistments, churches where soldier funerals were held and abolitionists spoke, monuments to those who served, hospital sites, and homes where women gathered to make items for the soldiers. The Vermont State House is a virtual Civil War museum. A building survives in Woodstock where the war was administered. Cemeteries hold the gravestones of many of the 34,000 who fought. A field even exists where in 1803 a Quaker preacher heard a voice from above fortell a bloody war over slavery. With the help of this book, Civil War sites can be located as in no other state, taking the reader through the beautiful Vermont landscape of hill farms and small towns that looks more like the Civil War era than that of any other state.

A seventh‐generation Vermonter with six ancestors who served in Vermont regiments, Howard Coffin lectures extensively on the Civil War. He is also the author of Full Duty: Vermont in the Civil War; Nine Months to Gettysburg; and The Battered Stars. A former press secretary to U.S. Senator James Jeffords, Coffin and his wife, Sue, live in Montpelier, Vermont.

Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today's Vermont Cover Image
ISBN: 9780881509816
Availability: Backordered
Published: Countryman Press - May 6th, 2013

"Inspired by Maddie" Reception with Theron Humphrey and Maddie the Coonhound of Maddie on Things (Open Studio Weekend at Phoenix Books Essex)

Professional photographer and wanderer, Theron Humphrey, and Maddie the coonhound -  known for known for their wildly popular Instagram and Tumblr pages - have hit the road in support of their debut book Maddie on Things. They've inspired and are participating in our Spring Open Studio Weekend art show, "Inspired by Maddie." Come meet Theron and Maddie, as well as the local artists and community members taking part in this exhibit. In addition, Random Rescue, a unique dog adoption service, will have information about available dogs and the services they offer, as well as homemade dog treats for sale to benefit Random Rescue.

Reception is open to the public. Join us for a fun evening and check out some local and touring talent!

In 2011, Theron Humphrey decided to traverse the US, meeting and photographing someone new each day. Maddie the Coonhound rides shotgun—and has a special talent, an uncanny sense of balance. The blog and upcoming book Maddie on Things record their adventures.

Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452115566
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - March 26th, 2013


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