Public Notice


The Richards Free Library Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting on 

May 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom 

For accommodations to attend this meeting please contact Andrea Thorpe at

603 863-3430 or athorpe 

The Richards Free Library is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Richards Library is Here to Serve!

The Richards Free Library may be closed, but we are still here to help! As part of #nationallibraryweek, here’s a story you might enjoy.

Last week our Archivist received a request for detective services.

In 1972, 48 years ago, a wallet was found in the Sanbornton, New Hampshire rest area. Although the finder tried to locate the owner at the time, contact was never made. The wallet contained a birth certificate, a Social Security card, and some high school photos. The person who found the wallet kept it all these years, hoping some day to return it to the owner.

Using resources available from our website (Family Search and Ancestry) and starting with the birthplace and birth date of the owner, a family tree was created for the wallet’s owner going back to 1887. With this solid background about the family involved, research was then conducted on the internet. After hitting a few brick walls, the owner, who was 19 at the time she lost her wallet, was contacted by telephone and told her wallet had been found. She was shocked to hear of it after all these years, and with good humor asked, “Did they find the $1,000 I had inside?” The response: Unfortunately, no, but your Social Security number was never stolen!

Here is what the daughter-in-law of the man who found the wallet has to say:

My father-in-law said that one of his crew members found the wallet on the ground in the rest area parking lot. Inside were also photos of high school age boys and girls, mostly looked like yearbook pictures, all with very fond notes on the back. The notes all followed the same format: “to a sweet (or wonderful, or funny) girl,” followed by something about what fun they had doing something, and then a farewell, hope to keep in touch. One boy said he would look her up when he needed “a beautiful secretary.” There was one prom photo, and one photo booth photo of two girls.

The woman asked for my father-in-law’s address, and I’m sure she will soon send a thank you to finish this story for him!

So, please remember that the Richards Free Library is here to serve you in many ways besides providing books, movies and programs. You can still contact us with reference questions, new or old…even 48 years old!

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Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry is now available free through your home computer! Your ancestors can become more than a name. Historical insights, photos, records, and more. The world’s largest genealogy site. Connect to a deeper family story today. Billions of records. Log in to your account in our catalog. You’ll find a link to Ancestry Library Edition just above the “How Do I…?” list. If you don’t have your library card number, email us at Start exploring your ancestors today!

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Celebrate National Library Week

Join us in a virtual celebration of libraries this week. Stream a movie, research your ancestry, read the New York Times or Newport’s historic newspapers, download an ebook, audiobook, or music. All these resources and more are available on the library website.

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Our next virtual book group will be held on May 20 at 2:00. We will be discussing the book The Bookwoman of Troublesome  Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.  Copies of the book are available for download from hoopla.  If you would like to attend, please register on our calendar page and you will receive an email for a Zoom meeting.

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If you’re interested in doing some research into the genealogy of your family, we have a couple websites you could use.

FamilySearch.  Discover your family’s story through historical records. Sign up for a free account.

HeritageQuest. ProQuest has made the online service HeritageQuest available for home use. Call the library for the user name and password to access HeritageQuest. Please know that non-subscriber access will be removed at some point. 

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Newsletter – April 15 Edition

The latest edition of our newsletter has been published. You can find it here. If you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, you can do so on our web page.

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2020 Census

Have you responded to the 2020 Census yet? We encourage you to do so. Its important! Why? Money. Plain and simple. If people in our community are not counted, our community/state loses money. This is a very short survey. Aside from asking whether you rent or own a home, it is all about the names, ages, and race/ethnicity of the people living in that household. Simple.

Most households should have received their census materials by mail. If you have, please respond! You can respond in one of three ways: online, by telephone, or using a paper questionnaire. If you haven’t received anything in the mail, you can still respond online or by telephone using an option called Non-ID Response which allows you to complete your census forms without the unique ID as long as you provide a valid home address.

Questions? Go to the 2020 Census site or call 844-330-2020.

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If you have a Richards Free Library card, you can already access the New York Times for free. But now, high school students who don’t have a card can have access to the digital New York Times as well. School administrators or teachers first have to request access.

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COVID-19 Resources

Need some help on how to talk to your kids about the COVID-19 pandemic? Here are some great resources:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Talking to children about Coronavirus Disease.

National Association of School Psychologists – Helping children cope with changes resulting from COVID-19.

How to Help Teens Shelter in Place from the Greater Good Magazine published by UC Berkeley.

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