Cultural resources / events

Rutland Free Library

Rutland Free Library is taking the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 seriously. We are following state and federal government guidance on preparations.

  • The library building is open to limited traffic — depending on state recommendations. We’re starting w/ 10 patrons at a time, for 20 minutes each.
  • If you haven’t yet, browse our selection of over 14,000 downloadable e-books and audiobooks, plus our read-along picture books, and our free Acorn TV, Kanopy, and Kanopy Kids streaming services. You’ll need your library card and PIN to access these; you can update your card or PIN by emailing us at Please provide a phone number as well so we can get back in touch as quickly as possible.
  • Check out our YouTube channel for online storytime and Library yoga videos!
  • We are able to check phone messages intermittently; email or DM through Facebook or Twitter is the best way to reach us.
  • We are waiving fines and extending card expiration dates for the duration of the closure.
  • All items have a due date of mid-June. That will be extended if the closure needs to be longer.
  • Please use the outdoor drop box for returns, which lets us quarantine all items for your safety.

Diversity / Black Lives Matter

Here’s a reading list of children’s titles on diversity. *** NEW

USA Today reports on how print copies of books about race are selling out. The short piece includes the titles most in demand based on salesThe Washington Post has a similar story, with more detail, including information from the D.C. Public Library. The top five in-demand titles based on this data are pictured below:


Businesses opening

The Vermont Farmers Food Center has a map of local producers online. Farmers markets have begun to reopen including Rutland’s outdoor market (although their page is not updated yes).

Here’s the businesses open in Downtown Rutland, and the Chamber of Commerce link.

Outdoor recreation

Rutland Rec has advice on what’s open. The trails at Pine Hill Park are open for socially distanced hiking and mountain biking and in great shape this spring.

Trails are also open at Northwood Park in Rutland Town. Their page is also updated with the status of other rec offerings.

Stay active with Come Alive Outside’s 100 Miles in 100 Days challenge, which steps off on June 26 this year. *** NEW

Cultural resources

See Vermont through the eyes of some of its many wonderful authors. *** NEW

Local music online

Several Rutland area musicians are posting music & videos online as Sounds Space. Check out a few samples on their YouTube page, then go on over to Patreon to support them and get more access.

Longtime local musician Rick Redington is playing over on Facebook a bunch. He has tip jars set up as well.

Tom Irish is also on Facebook instead of onstage. Support (almost live) local music!

Check out our YouTube channel for videos with Kellie Ettori (host of our lunchtime yoga series) and kids’ StoryTime with Miss June.

Free, virtual art exhibits from Vermont museums and galleries.

Free opera from the Met.

Free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers

For those without a library card looking for free streaming services (or for more standard Hollywood fare), there’s IMDbTV. It’s an ad-based service from Amazon.

For public domain (out of copyright) / classic books, check out Project Gutenberg. The Hathi Trust offers out-of-copyright books as well as collections from several universities for more academically inclined content.

Free videos from Library of Congress.

Free audiobooks (mostly children’s but also classics via Audible).

Building Bright Futures is hosting online events for Week of the Young Child (April 13 – 17) on their Facebook page. They also have family-specific Covid resources listed on their page.

Here’s a great story from Channel 5 on Awesome Graphics giving out free Covid awareness signs.

Here’s 25 virtual museum tours.

The Paramount Theatre is starting to reschedule shows. Details here.