We are happy to announce that the Fox Room is once again open for public use. To celebrate, we have lined up a week’s worth of events. Please join us!

Monday, April 16, 7 PM – First Wednesday Third Monday presentation:

Science and Democracy

The scientific method has been heralded as inheScience & democracyrently democratic, but with scientists carrying a kind of authority based on their specialized knowledge, the relationship between science and democracy is more complex. Middlebury professor Heidi Grasswick examines the challenges of integrating the goals of democracy with the practices of science. Rescheduled from March 7.

This is part of our First Wednesdays program sponsored by Vermont Humanities Council.


Tuesday, April 17, 7 PM:

68 + 50

Join music historian, educator, walking rock & roll encyclopedia, radio personality, Alabama fan, and Rutland’s favorite adopted son Uncle Dave Tibbs for a memorable evening looking (and listening) back to the music of 1968.


1967 was the Summer of Love but 1968 changed the world in ways still felt today. Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were killed. Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised a fist on the Olympic podium. Apollo 8 circled the moon. The Tet Offensive turned the Vietnam War. Richard Nixon turned up in the White House.

In music, The Beatles released the White Album; Jimi Hendrix lit up Electric Ladyland; The Rolling Stones released Jumpin’ Jack Flash; Aretha Franklin coined Lady Soul; Marvin Gaye Heard it Through the Grapevine and Otis Redding was Sittin’ by the Dock of the Bay … among many, many others.


Thursday, April 19, 5:30-7 PM

Fox Room, History & Future

The Nella Grimm Fox Room has been in public use since 1858. It’s been the scene of courtroom drama, political debates, countless musical programs and thousands and thousands of community conversations. We are celebrating the room’s return to use (and showing off its shiny new look) with a wine & cheese reception. Enjoy live music, hear a little about the history of this grand public space from Rutland Historical Society President Jake Sherman, a little about our future from RFL Director Randal Smathers and discover the fabulous new Fox Room and how easy it is to use it for your events. It’s the perfect place to share your story.


Children’s programming / special events

We will be celebrating school vacation week with the return of all our regular programming to the Fox Room, along with some special surprises!

Monday, April 16, 10 AM

Join Linda Macfarlane every Monday morning at 10 for Babies and Toddlers Rock! Music and movement for our youngest users. And thanks to a wonderful contribution by a Mendon resident, we now have a Gathering Drum for the group. It’s too big for our little easy reader room so we will be unveiling it on Monday, April 16, in the Fox Room. Big sounds in a big space!

Wednesday, April 18, 4-4:45 PM

Tales to Tails will be back in the Fox Room on April 18. Kids read to therapy dogs … who are great listeners: Patient, attentive and they never frown if a beginning reader stumbles over a new word. Plus, puppy dogs, right? It’s a wag-win situation. In partnership with Caring Canines Therapy Dog Club of Southern Vermont.




Thursday, April 19, at 10 AM

Story Time moves back upstairs with a story and crafts each week. And just for this week, all children in attendance will get a special treat and a book to keep for their very own!

Friday, April 20, from 9:30 to 11 AM

And wrapping up the week, we welcome back Play Group with Rutland County Parent Child Center. All the kids will also go home with a bright new book!