• Playgroup Friday, 9:30 AM

    Join us & Rutland County Parent Child Center for active, educational play, Friday mornings at 9:30. In the Fox Room, free and open for all.

  • Tales to Tails, Weds., Oct. 22nd, 4 PM

    Kids can meet and read to trained therapy dogs … who are just the best listeners for beginning readers.

  • Tech Tuesday / Thursday, 2-4 PM

    Drop by to get help with your tablet, laptop or other device. Scott is here twice a week to offer hands-on help with your technology questions.

  • Play group at new time, 9:30 AM Fridays

    The library is pleased to be partners with Rutland County Parent Child Center. Together we will host play groups Friday mornings in the Fox Room from 9:30-11 AM. Always free and open to all.

  • Take a pass

    Again this year, the library is happy to offer passes for a variety of attractions as well as the state parks. State park passes are day passes that allow entrance for up to eight people in one vehicle. Other passes we have available include Billings Farm & Museum, ECHO, Hildene, Vermont Historic Sites, Shelburne Farms, […]

  • MSJ Yearbooks now online

    From our friends at Rutland Historical Society: MSJ yearbooks (1939-1993 except 1943 which was not published) is online at the Historical Society website.

  • New source for e-books

    OneClick!digital has now added a selection of classic books to its offerings. There are no checkout limits, holds or waits … perfect for class reading lists.

  • OneClick has your audiobook

    Check out an audiobook from OneClick Digital with your library card … no limits or wait times. iPhone app now available, and find a wide assortment of audio classes as well.

First Wednesdays 2014

From October through May, join us the First Wednesday of the month at 7 PM for a humanities lecture series curated by the Vermont Humanities Council. The program is sponsored locally by Merchants Bank, the Friends of the Rutland Free Library and Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Here are the details for this season:

October 1
The Costumes of Downton Abbey
Middlebury College artist-in-residence Jule Emerson discusses the fashions worn by Lady Mary and her family in the PBS series. Underwriter: Rutland County Court Diversion and Restorative Justice Center


November 5
Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and the Music of 1911

Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring is widely considered the most influential composition of the 20th century. Pianist Michael Arnowitt examines this landmark work, and other pieces written in 1911 by Ravel, Schoenberg, Bartok, and Rachmaninov. Underwriter: Merchants Bank


December 3
Jesus: The human face of God

Author and Middlebury College professor Jay Parini considers Jesus, a figure who has dominated our collective imagination and cultural iconography for twenty centuries.

January 7
Rowing Against Wind & Tide: The Journals & Letters of Anne Morrow Lindberg

Author Reeve Lindbergh discusses collecting four decades of her mother’s previously unpublished diaries and letters — shedding light on her mother’s marriage to Charles Lindbergh and her take on world events. Underwriter: The Vermont Country Store

February 4
Knight to Queen: Chess, Courtly Life and the Game of Love in the Middle Ages

Imported by the Arabs and Persians in the ninth century, chess was a status symbol, an allegory of battle, and a metaphor for love. Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll examines the game of kings. Underwriter: Merchants Bank

March 4
“India Rising”

With its sweeping victory in the 2014 elections, India’s Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party is promising to revitalize the economy. Critics warn that the BJP has often advanced its policies through authoritarianism and religious violence. UVM history professor Abby McGowan considers the challenges facing the new government. Underwriter: Vermont Council on World Affairs

April 1
The Argentine Pope

Pope Francis’s emphasis on the poor and marginalized has energized social justice in the Catholic Church. Author Martin Weinstein, professor emeritus at William Paterson University, examines the foundations of the Pope’s
philosophy, the history of the church in Latin America, and the rise of liberation theology. Underwriter: The Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility

May 6
The Buildings of Rutland

Architectural historian Curtis B. Johnson illustrates the richness of Rutland’s architecture. NOTE: On Saturday, May 9, Johnson will also lead a walking tour of “the Hill” neighborhood, 1:00 pm -2:30 pm. Meet at Rutland Free Library’s main entrance. Underwriter: The Preservation Trust of Vermont