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 closed until at least May 25 — depending on state recommendations. The governor may extend this date, so please check back.
  • 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 two weeks after our resumption of service. 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.
  • We apologize for the interruption in service. We look forward to serving you after this unavoidable hiatus.

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 5×5 Challenge.


Cultural resources UPDATED 5/19


The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland has spaces for 10 young sculptors in its annual Stone Bench Project. Applications are open!

Greenup Day will be on Saturday, May 30, this year, the 50th anniversary of the statewide clean up. In Rutland, contact Carl Diethelm for more information.

Triumph Barre & Pilates is hosting classes via Zoom, free with donations requested.

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.