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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We are going to have a Virtual Book Group Meeting on April 15th at 1:00. The book is The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai. The book is available as an ebook or audiobook on hoopla. Just go to the hoopla Book Club Hub to read more about the book and download it. If you’re interested in attending, please email us at and we will send out an invitation to the JITSI meeting on April15th at 12:45.

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What’s the hoopla?

hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! Titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. hoopla has hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. Five total eMedia checkouts per month (including eBooks, eAudiobooks, music and movies).

Click on the hoopla link on the side panel of Find Online. All you need is a valid email address and your library card number.

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WiFi in Library Parking Lot

We have just added another WiFi access point for the parking lot.


Remember to contact the library at if you have any questions.

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Please don’t return your library books

Please don’t return your library books. Stay safe at home. All items are now due April 10, 2020. This date will be extended if needed. So take good care of those books, DVDs and audio disks and bring them back later.

Remember, even if you can’t check out books, you can still keep reading. The New York Times, E-books, audiobooks, and online magazines are all available with your library card. Discover resources on the Remote Services page on our website: Staff are working from home and can still answer reference questions and remind you of your number if you can’t find your library card. Just email us at

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Social distancing is an important element in stopping the spread of COVID-19. To help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the Board of Trustees of the Richards Free Library has made the decision to close the library facility effective immediately. All events and activities are cancelled. Please keep your books until we open. We are a fine-free library so no fines will accrue.

A wealth of information can be found on the library website. We invite library card holders to take advantage of many features available online from Universal Class to Kanopy streaming movies and downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. The staff is available to help you navigate these resources. Please email us at

The trustees and staff thank you for your patience.

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Remote Services on our Web Page

You may notice a new tab on our web page called “Remote Services.” There you can find links to some great websites for you and your family during this time of social isolation. Take a look!

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