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  • Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

    Sunday, April 14 at 4:00 pm

    Join Jan Johnsen for a discussion of her new book Gardentopia!


    Any backyard has the potential to refresh and inspire if you know what to do. Jan Johnsen's new book, Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces, will delight all garden lovers with over 130 lushly illustrated landscape design and planting suggestions. Ms. Johnsen is an admired designer and popular speaker whose hands-on approach to "co-creating with nature" will have you saying, "I can do that '

    This info-packed, sumptuous book offers individual tips for enhancing any size landscape using 'real world' solutions. The suggestions are grouped into five categories that include Garden Design and Artful...

  • Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 pm

    Join us for an afternoon of poetry hosted by Phoenix Books Rutland’s own Bianca Amira Zanella.  Come to read, come to listen, or come for both!  Those interested in reading can sign up at the door.

    ABOUT THE EVENT HOST: Bianca Amira Zanella’s poems have most recently appeared in The Mountain Troubadour and The Reverie. The recipient of a 2014 Robert T. Marsh Memorial Prize for Excellence in Writing and a 2017 Green Mountain Scholarship, Bianca plans to finalize her initial poetry as social change manuscript while studying at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA for Writing and Publishing program. Bianca has workshopped under the BreakBeat Poets, DarkMatter, Aja Monet, and Sarah Kay. In addition to facilitating...

  • The Easter Surprise (Sweet Pea & Friends)

    Saturday, April 13 at 11:00 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 out...

  • Presented by Rutland Youth Theater

    Saturday, April 13 at 11:00 am

    Join us for a sneak peek of Rutland Youth Theatre's upcoming performance of Alice in Wonderland, Jr.!

    About the performance:  Lewis Carroll's famous inquisitive heroine comes to life in Disney's Alice In Wonderland Jr., a delightful adaptation of the classic Disney film. Join Alice as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

    Rutland Youth Theatre's production will be presented in steampunk style (an eclectic combination of the Victorian era and industrial technology) and will delight audiences of all ages!



  • An Evening of Poetry

    Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 pm

    Join Nancy Richardson and Al Salzman for an evening of poetry featuring Richardson's collection An Everyday Thing and Salzman's collection Vietghanistan.

    ABOUT NANCY RICHARDSON: Nancy Richardson's poems concern the coming of age in the rust-belt of Ohio during a period of decay of the physical and political structures that made the region once solid and predictable. Her poems chart the shifting of the foundations upon which a life is built and the undpredictability of events that have had personal and political consequences, including the shootings at Kent State. These poems have resonance to the chaotic political and social circumstances in which we now find ourselves. Nancy Richardson’s poems have appeared...

  • Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 pm

    To celebrate National Poetry Month, we invite you to join us for an evening of reading and listening to the art of poets of color. Poetry has always broken down barriers, defying expectations as it eludes simplistic definitions. With lyrical cadences inspired by cultures not ordinarily celebrated in mainstream culture, these works invite us to open ourselves up to new thoughts and experiences. So we are celebrating the contributions of poets of color by inviting the public to read and reflect upon their favorite works or to come hear new poetry. Participants can choose from a selection, bring their favorite poem, or just listen!

    Sponsored by the Rutland Area branch of the NAACP, which is dedicated to the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of...

  • Join the Conversation - Local Solutions, Global Change

    Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 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.


  • 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...