Library opening for curbside

Wonderful news! We’ll be able to provide curbside pickup tomorrow from 12-6pm. We’re hoping to be fully open again on Friday, but keep an eye here tomorrow for confirmation.

To use curbside pickup, you can log in to your online account and put materials on hold or call us with a list.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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Library Closure

We are sorry to say we have to close the library today, November 2, 2021 due to COVID-19 exposure amongst the staff. We will reopen as soon as it is safe. Please keep an eye here or on our Facebook for updates.

-Justine Fafara, Library Director

This, unfortunately, means the Reading Pals program today will have to be cancelled. We will see you for Reading Pals next week on the 9th, at 2:30-4:30! Stay well! Ms. Mo

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National Friends of Libraries Week

In recognition of National Friends of Libraries Week, we would love you to consider joining the The Friends of the Richards Free Library. This is an active, voluntary community organization focused on enriching our library.

Our primary role is to raise money to help fund items and projects that are outside the regular library budget. These include: 

Purchase of books and audio books
Children’s programs including the Summer Performance Series
Guest Speakers
HeritageQuest Online
Downloadble Audio & Ebooks
Universal Class

We raise funds through membership and donations to the Friends. Click on the Membership Form to join the Friends. A significant part of our funds come from the Centurions – a special group of donors who contribute at least $100 per year. We are grateful to those who can afford to contribute at this level but value all our members.

Our major fundraiser of the year is the annual Library Festival to be held on the fourth Saturday in August. The Festival includes a large Book Sale (Members are admitted for a special “Early Bird” hour giving you the best access to the thousands of books offered for sale!), the Cookie Walk, lunch on the porch, children’s activities and an opportunity to visit with old and new friends. The Festival is held in conjunction with the Library Arts Center’s Apple Pie Craft Fair for one of Newport’s most festive days of the year!

The Friends also offer opportunities for volunteers to be involved in our Library and our community. Two years ago, we implemented First Mondays. On the First Monday each month, anyone wishing to can join us from 9 to 11 am at the Library to help staff with whatever needs doing. This grew out of our annual Christmas decorating and de-decorating and has become a monthly event. We have assembled mailings; sorted through and repaired games and puzzles; hunted for lost books; and there is always shelf reading which is far more fun when done by a group. In addition to feeling good about helping out, we also enjoy coffee and something good to eat! Come join us.

The Friends of the Richards Free Library are also part of the community’s Sunshine Diner program. We regularly provide both children’s and adult books for Diner guests to take home. And once a year, we host the monthly dinner.

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Little’s Wiggles Time: Fridays at 5

We’re starting a new weekly program on Friday evenings at 5:00! Little’s Wiggles Time is a movement-focused storytime for our wiggly littles who may not be so sure about sitting still for a traditional storytime. We’ll sing songs, dance, and move our bodies, read a book, and work on some early literacy skills while we’re having fun! This program is for anyone who has ever worried about their kiddo fussing through a book at storytime! It will be held inside the library so our littles can move around without being in danger of running into the road.

The parents we asked, requested an evening time and a Friday time, so we’ve done our best compromise and chosen Friday evenings at 5:00. If this time does not end up working for folks, we may end up moving the day and time.

Please note that since this program is held inside, grownups will be required to wear masks. Littles can of course try to wear their masks, but we won’t require our tiny friends to keep them on if they are struggling. See you on Friday!

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Saturday August 28th- A Day Full of Fun!

We have SO MUCH happening on August 28th, even with a reduced Apple Pie Crafts Fair & Book Sale.

Join the Library Board of Trustees on our beautiful new porch for cookies, lemonade and coffee. They’ll start serving at 9am and continue until they run out of refreshments.

Ms. Mo will be on the library front lawn with bubbles and a paper bag puppet craft from 9am until supplies are gone.

The Friends of the Richards Free Library will also be on the front lawn. Rather than the usual, large book sale, the Friends will have 3 smaller tents full of free books. Swing by and grab a book, or two, or ten!

Beginning at 9am, you’ll find Justine on the common with author Melanie Kirkpatrick. We’ll have Melanie’s new biography of Sarah Hale for sale, and Melanie will be signing copies! There will also be a Hale impersonator, perfect for some photos.

At 2pm, join us on the Library side lawn under the white tent for a lecture and Q&A with Melanie Kirkpatrick. Learn about Sarah Hale, Melanie’s writing, this new biography, and much more!

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Mask Requirement in Effect

The Richards Free Library is requiring masks to enter the library, no matter your age (if you’re over 2) or your vaccination level. The Board of Trustees and Library Director continue to monitor COVID information and local cases.

If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, you are welcome to use our Cubby Pickup service (a rebrand of curbside service). Just give us a call or send an email with the items you’d like to pick up and when. We’ll put them in the cubbies in the lobby for you to grab at your convenience.

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Congratulations to Sy Montgomery!

On Saturday, August 7th, Sy Montgomery accepted the Hale Award for literary excellence across the 31 books she’s published during her career as an author so far. She’s written incredible nonfiction titles for adults, as well as many picture books and nonfiction books for children. Come into the library to find many of Montgomery’s books on display and see what all the hype is about!

In her talk, Montgomery spoke about looking for teachers beyond classrooms throughout our lives, and how fulfilling it can be to find non-human teachers in the animals around us. We have so much to learn when we are willing to open our eyes and ears. She shared with us the touching story of the octopus she made friends with at the New England Aquarium. You can read all about it in The Soul of an Octopus.

Thank you so much Sy Montgomery, the Hale Award judges, RFL Trustees, John Lunn, Pris and Jerry Hagebusch, and all our other wonderful volunteers!

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No Story Time Today 7/7/2021

Ms. Mo is under the weather today so Story Time is canceled. We hope to see you during Story Time at the Farmers’ Market on Friday!

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History of Your House

In your genealogical search, you can find more help in the History section of our website. We now have a page called History of Your House. Uncover the history of your house by investigating its architecture, its people, and its place in history. You can find the page here. Email the library at if you have questions.

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Squam Lakes Animal Program Kickoff is a Go!

Hello friends! We are still kicking off our summer reading program today! Sign-ups will start at 10:30, and the animal program “No Two Tails Alike” will start at 11:00am. We might have a few rain sprinkles, but we do have a great big tent set up on our side lawn to help keep everyone dry. We can’t wait to see you!

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