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  • Calling all unicorns!

    Tuesday, April 09 at 6:00 pm

    National Unicorn Day is Tuesday, April 9th!  Let’s celebrate all things unicorn. All are welcome to this fun evening  of crafts, snacks, and imagination! Costumes encouraged.


  • Meet over 25 authors & illustrators at this free event!

    Saturday, April 06 at 2:30 pm

    Some of the nErDcampVT books from 2018

    As a wrap-up to the 2nd annual nErDcampVT (an "unconference" for VT educators devoted to sharing and learning about literacy), join us for an afternoon Author Faire. 

    Families are welcome to stop by and visit with their favorite authors/illustrators. Phoenix will be on hand with books available for purchase and autographing! 

    You can find more info about the event here:

  • Here & There *Book Launch*

    Saturday, April 06 at 11:00 am

    Join Tamara Ellis Smith for a story time to celebrate the launch of her new picture book, Here and There.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  A young boy, Ivan, experiences the early stages of his parents' separation and finds hope in the beauty and music of nature. This tale of personal growth will provide a much-needed mirror for children in times of change - and an important reminder for all that there's beauty everywhere you look.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Tamara Ellis Smith grew up in a lot of different states. But no matter where she lived, she enjoyed spending time reading in the woods. She studied at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of Another Kind of Hurricane, one of Bank Street's Best...

  • Hide and Sleep

    Saturday, April 06 at 11:00 am

    Join Lizi Boyd for a story time featuring her new book, Hide-and-Sleep!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Lizi Boyd brings her whimsical touch to a new series for the very youngest readers. In this first book, sturdy die-cut pages that children can flip back and forth reveal the fun details and actions of a menagerie of adorable animals that aren't quite ready for bed. Can you see where they are hiding? Whether for storytime, laptime, or bedtime, the buoyant colors, silly story, and playful interactive format will keep toddlers captivated.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Lizi Boyd is the creator of numerous award-winning books, including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Big Bear Little Chair and...

  • Concerning the Holy Ghost's Interpretation of J. Crew Catalogues

    Thursday, April 04 at 7:00 pm

    Join Elizabeth Powell for a reading from her new book, Concerning the Holy Ghost's Interpretation of J. Crew Catalogues.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  This visionary and innovative novel explores the intersections of representation, desire, prophecy, evangelism, and American consumerism, as it tracks the narrative contained in each photo spread of a J. Crew catalogue. The chorus of voices, the models, the photographer, the copywriter, as well its main consumer/observer--a US Senator's wife who is obsessed with breeding and bringing a golden calf from an American farm to Israel to bring on the apocalyptic end times--tell the tale of a world beginning to spin on a different axis.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Elizabeth A.I. Powell is...

  • Join the Conversation - Local Solutions, Global Change

    Thursday, April 04 at 6:30 pm

    SunCommon believes everyone has the right to a healthy environment, and to work towards that mission, they are supporting authors and books that promote positive change. They have created a series of conversations that are being hosted at different book stores and libraries throughout Vermont, discussing Drawdown the book.

    Join SunCommon at Phoenix Books. Enjoy some coffee, tea, and cookies - and be part of engaging conversations around how we each can individually and collectively impact climate change. SunCommon will offer free copy of Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken, to each attendee.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Drawdown outlines the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. Within each solution, Drawdown describe its history, the...

  • The Easter Surprise (Sweet Pea & Friends)

    Sunday, March 31 at 11:30 am

    Join John Churchman for a story time featuring the new Sweet Pea & Friends book, The Easter Surprise!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  The fifth book by the authors of the media sensation and instant New York Times bestseller The SheepOver, featuring a curious bunny and her baby farm animal friends solving an Easter mystery together.
    Fern the bunny wakes up one morning to a surprise: the squirrels have discovered a beautifully decorated egg in their tree! And it's not just the squirrels--Mo the kitten, the goslings, the puppies, and even the lambs have all found special eggs hidden around the farm. As the baby animals follow clues from one egg to the next, Fern thinks she sees two soft, pointy ears peeking...

  • Legacy in Stone: Syria Before War

    Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 pm

    Kevin Bubriski photo by Luc Burns

    Join Kevin Bubriski for a talk on his new book, Legacy in Stone: Syria Before War, a collection of 100 black-and-white photographs taken throughout Syria in 2003, documenting many important ancient sites which are now no longer there due to the still on-going Syrian civil war.

    ABOUT THE BOOK Legacy in Stone: Syria Before War is a collection of 100 black-and-white photographs immortalizing the ancient monuments of Syria.
    Kevin Bubriski was on assignment in Syria in 2003, during the infancy of the U.S. war in neighboring Iraq. He was photographing the country’s ancient monuments, as well as documenting the daily lives and ordinary human stories of its citizens. Unbeknownst to him, within the decade, a war would break out in...

  • To Have and to Hold *Book Launch*

    Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 pm

    Join Molly Millwood to celebrate the launch of her new book, To Have and To Hold: Motherhood, Marriage, and the Modern Dilemma.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  A clinical therapist’s exploration of the complexities of early motherhood, including its impact on a marriage, in a book that offers comfort, camaraderie, and practical guidance to new mothers.
    When Molly Millwood became a mother, she was fully prepared for all that she would gain: an adorable baby boy, hard-won mothering skills, and a messy, chaotic, love-filled home. But she didn’t anticipate what she would lose: an identity, a baseline level of happiness, a general sense of wellbeing. And though she had the benefit of a supportive husband during this transition, she also envied and at...

  • Friends Lost and Found

    Saturday, March 23 at 11:00 am

    Join Cathy Rachlin and Mary Ellen Manock for a story time and activities featuring their book Friends Lost and Found.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  This is a story of friendship and loyalty as two good friends - one a spot on the ceiling and one a spot on the floor - get covered with paint and carpet and lose touch with one another.  Even so, they hold on to the memory of their friendship and, over the years, as the paint slowly peels and the carpet frays, they are thrilled to find each other again. Their friendship is renewed. Their hope and patience are rewarded. 

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cathy Rachlin has enjoyed writing all her life but this is her first children’s book.  It resulted from telling and...