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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Free Access to Crafts Magazine

At Crafts magazine, their thoughts are with all readers and contributors at this challenging time. To help brighten up isolation, they’re offering you all free access to their digital edition for a month. You can dig into every issue from the magazine’s history – from the shiny latest editions to forgotten hits from the 1970s, 80s and 90s – to while away the hours and be inspired.

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Library Newsletter

The latest edition of our digital newsletter is available here. If you would like to receive it on a regular basis, you can sign up on our home page. (We will never share your email address with anyone.)

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