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Past Events

  • Friday, July 12 at 6:00 pm

    Join us for story time at 6 pm during Friday Night Live and listen as Deputy Chief Scott Mangan and other members of the Rutland City Fire Department read from their favorite books!

  • Live Well Die Well Tour

    Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30 pm

    Join Kimberly Paul for her Rutland stop on the Live Well Die Well Tour, and for a talk on her book, Bridging the Gap.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Live vicariously through Kimberly C. Paul as she shares personal stories and the life lessons she has learned while working with hospice patients over the last 18 years.  Each chapter will inspire you to design your own life and death around what matters most. Kimberly C. Paul will urge you to discard what you thought you knew about death and embrace a new way of thinking when facing the end of life.  Her stories emphasize that death and dying are not taboo subjects and encourage you to engage in light-hearted conversations as you face your own death or the passing of a loved one. This innovative and...


    Monday, July 01 at 7:00 pm

    This is an offsite event at Foam Brewery. From the Rootstock Publishing website:

    Join JC as he launches his book, Junkyard at No Town, out into the world. The party will be Foam Brewery, 112 Lake St, Burlington, VT 05401. Books will be available for purchase!

    The excellent Doug Perkins will join JC to play some tunes. Other members of Broken String may join us too. Book signed and sold!.

    Beer. Music. Fun.

  • Monday, July 01 at (All day)

    Where’s Waldo? In Rutland, of course!  The iconic children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community, including these partners:

    • Timco Jewelers, 59 Center Street
    • Wonderfeet Kids Museum, 11 Center Street
    • Rutland Area Food Co-op, 77 Wales Street
    • Frogs and Lily Pads, 25 Center Street
    • Vermont Truffle Company, 37 Center Street
    • Handcarved by Ernie, 26 Center Street
    • Bookmobile, 17 Center Street
    • Fruition, 56 Merchants Row
    • Triumph Barre and Pilates Studio, 96...
  • The Not Good Enough Mother

    Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 pm

    Join Sharon Lamb for a talk on her new book, The Not Good Enough Mother.

    ABOUT THE BOOKA psychologist who evaluates the fitness of parents when their children have been removed from their custody finds herself reassessing her own mothering when her son falls victim to the opioid crisis.

    Psychologist and expert witness Dr. Sharon Lamb evaluates parents, particularly in high-stakes cases concerning the termination of parental rights. The conclusions she reaches can mean that some children are returned home from foster homes. Others are freed for adoption. Well-trained, Lamb generally can decide what’s in the best interests of the child. But when her son’s struggle with opioid addiction...

  • at Phoenix Books Rutland!

    Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 pm

    Was it Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Candlestick?

    Join us for an evening of CLUE®—the Classic Board Game edition at Phoenix Books Rutland!  Please call 802-855-8078 or email to RSVP.   Light fare will be provided. ...

  • Do I have a book in me?

    Tuesday, June 25 at 7:00 pm

    Bill will engage the audience in one of his favorite topics,  "Do I have a book in me?" As an author of eight fictional works - both self-published and traditionally published - he will answer questions about the work of writing and the new business of publishing. Bill recently published his eighth novel, The Priest, and will discuss the book as well.

    ABOUT THE BOOKThe Priest explores the struggle many boys have becoming men - especially around sexuality - and how one boy finds safety within the vocational confines of his Catholic faith, only then to be astonished as he experiences life vicariously in the shadow of the confessional. Ultimately, he must confront his own emerging sexuality...

  • Summer Reading Program in Essex, Burlington, and Rutland

    Tuesday, June 25 at (All day)

    This summer, kids entering grades K-12 are invited to take the Reading Without Walls challenge! 

    National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang started the Reading Without Walls program to celebrate reading and diversity by challenging children nationwide to read a book about a character who doesn’t look or live like them; read a book about a topic they don’t know much about; and/or read a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun.

    Come on in to Phoenix Books in Essex, Burlington, or Rutland to get...

  • The Wizard of Odd

    Sunday, June 23 at 4:00 pm

    Join author Gary Meffe to talk about his new work of fiction, The Wizard of Odd, and the rich tapestry of life and characters that constitute this microcosm of what makes Vermont—and any genuine small town—a special and memorable place.
    ABOUT THE BOOK: Welcome to...
  • Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont

    Thursday, June 20 at 7:00 pm

    Join Teresa Mares for a talk on her new book, Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  In her timely new book, Teresa M. Mares explores the intersections of structural vulnerability and food insecurity experienced by migrant farmworkers in the northeastern borderlands of the United States. Through ethnographic portraits of Latinx farmworkers who labor in Vermont’s dairy industry, Mares powerfully illuminates the complex and resilient ways workers sustain themselves and their families while also serving as the backbone of the state’s agricultural economy. In doing so, Life on the Other Border exposes how broader movements for food justice and labor rights play out in the agricultural sector, and...