Summer Reading is ALMOST HERE!

Free puppet show June 25th 2:00

Don’t miss this year’s fantastic summer reading kickoff, a musical puppet show by Cactushead Puppets about the Bremen Town Musicians, a group of farm animals who are eager to head out into the world to become world-famous musicians! The performance is at 2:00 on Monday, June 25th We can’t wait to see you there!

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Congratulations to our children’s librarian, Moriah Churchill-Calkins (Ms. Mo), who was married (at the library!) this past weekend.

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Free Audiobooks for Teens

Are you teen or do you know a teen? SYNC is a free summer audiobook program that provides free audiobook downloads for teens age 13+. Each week they offer two different free books to download. Don’t miss out on any more of them!

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Circle Dance in the Ballroom

On Thursday, June 7, Mary Ellen Cannon will lead Circle Dance in the ballroom of the Richards Free Library in Newport from 6:30 to 8:00. Circle Dance is composed of traditional dances from around the world as well as new choreographies.  All dances are taught. No partner, dance experience, or special skills of any kind are needed. Simply bring comfortable indoor shoes. For more information call the library at 603-863-3430.

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Squishy Circuits Drop In

Head over to the library to do some hands on exploration with “Squishy Circuits”! It’s a great way to learn the basics about how circuits work. We’ve got some conductive dough and some insulating dough (and some instructions) for you to build something neat when you stop by any time this afternoon.

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Martha Carlson-Bradley Poetry Reading and Discussion

Join the Richards Library Poetry Group on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 PM as we welcome Martha Carlson-Bradley. She will be reading and answering questions regarding her latest work: Begin with Trouble: Poems Inspired by the 1727 New-England Primer!


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The 3D Printing Process

We’re getting a lot of interest in our 3D printer, “3D-PO,” and we love explaining how it works! As well as printing out a lot of little white Easter bunnies, we’ve been printing something a little more practical this week: picture frame replacement parts! It is the perfect example of what this technology can do.

This picture frame has a broken screw-clasp.

We were able to work with the patron to design a 3D model of the screw-clasp. Actually, we designed 3 slightly different models in order to find the best fit.

Then we printed out our models on the 3D printer!

When they were done, and all sanded up and perfect, we tested them out! One of them fit! We were able to fix this old picture frame perfectly, instead of having to throw it away.

Good work, 3D-PO!



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Homeschool Book Group

Homeschool Book Group will discuss How to Train Your Dragon  by Cressida Cowell this Friday the 16th, at 10:30. Anyone who has read the book can participate! You still have time to power through it if you pick up your copy at the library today.


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Newport Municipal Solar Project

If you missed the informational meeting for the Municipal Solar Project on March 12, you can view a slideshow containing the pertinent information here.

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Newport Municipal Solar Project – NEW DATE – March 12th

On March 12th the Richards Free Library will host an informational meeting on Newport becoming the first solar net-zero New Hampshire town and school.

The  1.9 Megawatt solar energy project capable of providing the annual energy needs for all of Newport’s town and school facilities will be on the school and town ballots this spring.  The Newport School District will vote March 13, 2018, on whether to approve an article authorizing the Newport School Board to enter into a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Norwich Solar Technologies. The town vote will be held on May 8, 2018.

The project would serve the town’s schools and offices,  as well as all town-owned facilities, including the public library, airport, wastewater treatment plant, and the police, EMS and fire departments. If approved, this would be the largest municipal solar energy project in New Hampshire.

Don McCormick of Norwich Solar Technologies will explain the project and answer questions.

The meeting will be held in the library’s ballroom at 6:00 on Monday, March 12th.

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