Nathaniel Philbrick to Accept the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal

Richards Free Library and the Judges of the Sarah Josepha Hale award are pleased to announce that Nathaniel Philbrick is the 2018 Sarah Josepha Hale Award Medalist.  He will accept the award on October 6, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at the Newport Opera House.  Morgan Hill Book Store of New London will have copies of several of his books for sale that evening.

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Library Visits Project

We had a visitor to the library recently: Ellen from St. Paul, Minnesota. She “collects” libraries by visiting, taking photos, and posting notes and pictures to her blog. Find out what she said about our library (#482) here.

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62nd Annual Library Festival

Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
(Friends of the Library Sneak Preview: 8:00 to 9:00 AM)

Join us for for our annual festival! The Book Tent opens at 9:00 AM, with admission at 8:00 AM for Friends of the Library (you can join that morning!).

Festival activities include:

  • The Cookie Walk featuring over a hundred selections;
  • Luncheon on the Library Porch offered by Library Trustees;
  • The Children’s Tent has new activities each year;
  • Friends of the Library table where you can buy items such as note cards and postcards;
  • Raffles for prizes which include a dollhouse renovated and furnished by Mindy Thorpe; a slate picturing the Newport Fire Station hand painted by Marty Lovely; and a pop-up edition of Stephen King’s book The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.
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Digital Magazines are Back!

If you already use our ebooks and audiobooks through the New Hampshire Downloadable Books website, you might have noticed that digital magazines are back!

The magazines are licensed for simultaneous use which means there is no waiting! They are readable on a computer (as the Read Now format) and through the Libby app, working nearly exactly like an ebook.

We hope you enjoy this new collection!

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Happy Fourth of July!

The library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day.

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No More Festival Books

Due to everyone’s overwhelming generosity, our festival book storage area is full. We are unable to take any more books until September. Thank you for your support!

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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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