The Mother of Thanksgiving

Listen to Word of Mouth on New Hampshire Public Radio this Saturday, November 18th at 11:00 a.m. and learn how a Newport woman is known for being the mother of Thanksgiving.

NHPR’s Virgina Prescott traveled to the Richards Free Library last week and interviewed Mary Lou McGuire, archivist, and Sandy Sonnichsen, volunteer archivist, about the life of Sarah Josepha Hale and her campaign to create a national day of thanksgiving.

NHPR broadcasts Word of Mouth on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and rebroadcasts the show on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. http://nhpr.org/programs/word-mouth#stream/0

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Trees

When you drive by the library, notice our new look. This summer we added 18 more spaces to the library’s parking lot. Last week, we finished the landscaping between the library and the Sarah Josepha Hale Memorial Park. The clump of scraggly maple trees that were overshadowing the trees in the park were replaced with new maple and flowering crabapple trees beautifully spaced on the side lawn. In addition, the hedge of hydrangeas was continued to Main Street so the Park is now completed. Everything was planted just in time to take advantage of all the rain!

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Halloween at the Library

This Halloween you can trick or treat for books here at the library! Just wear your costume to the library between 10 am and 8 pm on Halloween and you can choose a free book from a special book cart!

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Tuesday Afternoon at the Movies

We read Ragtime this past Tuesday.  Next Tuesday, October 10th at 12:00 we are going to watch the movie. Is it true the book is always better than the movie? Join us next Tuesday at noon.

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Duck Tape Wallets

This Thursday, October 5th at 2:30!

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Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

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Debit and Credit Cards

We are now able to accept debit and credit cards for payment of fines, lost materials, copies and the purchase of non-resident library cards.

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Eclipse Event

 Come Watch the Eclipse with us!

You can create Sun Cookies, play eclipse trivia and best of all… use your pinhole box to watch the eclipse, or share our NASA approved, safe Eclipse Glasses.  Please be aware: we will have several glasses on hand, but they will stay at the library viewing party for everyone to share, because we don’t have enough to give away to everyone.

Please remember, don’t look at the sun during the eclipse (or any time!) without safe eclipse glasses. We are not in the path of totality, so there will be plenty of time for everyone at our viewing party to take a turn with the glasses to see the partial eclipse between 1:30 and 4:00. The maximum coverage will be around 2:43.

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Julia Alvarez to Accept the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal

Julia Alvarez will accept the 2017 Sarah Josepha Hale Award  August 19, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at the Library Arts Center. She will read from her work, answer questions and sign books.  Morgan Hill Book of New London will have copies of several of books for sale that evening.

 

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Eclipse Glasses

There are no eclipse glasses left here at the library! We will have more on Monday, August 21, so you can view the eclipse here with us and also create sun cookies and play some eclipse trivia!!

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