Closed for Snow Saturday

Library closed Saturday January 29th 2022

Looking at the weather forecast, we’ve decided to stay closed tomorrow, January 29th.

However, it seems like the perfect day to curl up with a good book! You can still make an appointment today to pick up a movie or book before the storm hits! Just give us a call at 603) 863-3430, or click here to do it all online!

Stay safe and warm!

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How We Can Help at Tax Time

As of January 31st, the IRS is accepting e-filings for the 2021 tax year. While we at the library are not qualified tax advisors, the library can offer some helpful resources.

You can use our computers to print your tax forms. Just give us a call (603-863-3430) and we are more than happy to help you book a computer appointment. We also have instructional booklets available which explain the ins and outs of filing your 1040 for 2021. Booklets can be picked up along with any materials checked out and make a curbside appointment.

A little reminder that anyone can struggle with the daunting task of tax filing: “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”–Albert Einstein

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Computers & Printing at the Library

Some of the many services provided by the library are computer use and printing. We have 4 desktop computers available to anyone, not just card holders! Both grayscale and color printing are available at a competitive fee.

There are 4 computers available for public use.
Library cards are not required to use a computer!
Grayscale 10¢/page
Color 25¢/page
A copy machine is available, grayscale only

Even during this transitional time, where the number of patrons allowed in to the library has been limited for safety, feel free to make an appointment (by giving us a call at 603) 863-3430, or following this handy link) for computer or printing services!

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Cat Calendars on Sale!

Cat Calendar for sale! Now $15.
All proceeds go to the care and keeping of Dexter and Minnie.

It’s the end of January, but it’s not too late to invest in a cute calendar for the rest of 2021!

The RFL cat calendar is now on sale for $15!

All funds go directly to supporting Dexter and Minerva. They have missed seeing patrons and will be so happy to see everyone again!

Don’t forget you can always make a browsing appointment by clicking the link for >schedule your appointment< at the right side of the page, or just give us a call at 603-863-3430

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Book Groups for the New Year!

Is your New Year resolution to read more? To make some new friends? To try something new? Consider joining one of our book groups: The Brown Bag and Books, and the Beach Readers.

The Brown Bag and Books group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 12:30.

MonthDayTitleAuthor
Jan25My Life in FranceJulia Child
Feb22Surviving the White Gaze: A MemoirCarroll, Rebecca
Mar22Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in LettersDunn, Mark
Apr26Horoscopes for the DeadCollins, Billy
May24Animal FarmOrwell, George
Jun28The Storied Life of A.J. FikryZevin, Gabrielle
Jul26White Dog Fell from the SkyMorse, Eleanor
Aug23Fortune’s RocksShreve, Anita
Sep27Hale Winner~A Surprise~
Oct25The Night WatchmanErdrich, Louise
Nov22Finding FreedomFrench, Erin
Dec27Pot Luck!~Hopefully~
Jan25Chances Are...Russo, Richard

The Beach Readers Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:00

MonthDayTitleAuthor
Jan12My (Not So) Perfect LifeKinsella, Sophie 
Feb9The Last Black UnicornHaddish, Tiffany
Mar9The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club, #1)Adams, Lyssa Kay
Apr13The Joy Luck ClubAmy Tan
May11Hello, SunshineDave, Laura 
June8Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant ChefHamilton, Gabrielle
July13The Stepford WivesLevin, Ira
Aug10Red, White & Royal BlueMcQuiston, Casey
Sept14Pretty Little LiarsShepard, Sara
Oct12Howl’s Moving CastleJones, Diana Wynne
Nov9FlamerCurato, Mike
Dec14The Uncommon ReaderBennett, Alan

Copies of the latest books will be available at the library’s circulation desk. You don’t even need a library card to pick up a book! Just sign them out and join the discussion with like minded readers!

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Richards Free Library to receive NH State Library ARPA grant funding

Richards Free Library is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $23,076 in funding through the Institute for Museum and Library Services’ “Grants to States” program. The grant program is part of the American Rescue Act Plan of 2021 and is being facilitated by the N.H. State Library.

The Richards Free Library will use this grant award to create a circulating board game collection, expand our circulating video game collection, and create gaming programs for all ages here at the library.

In the grant application, Richards Free Library detailed that it would meet these needs by using grant funds to purchase video games, video game consoles, as well as board games and accessories. We will be hosting monthly gaming programs and plan to collaborate with other local libraries including Abbott Library in Sunapee and Tracy Memorial Library in New London on these programs.

“We know a lot of people have missed our board game nights since the pandemic started, and we hope that being able to circulate board games will be a first step in bringing back gaming in the library. The video game programs… we know those will be a big hit with the teens and we hope in the Spring that we’ll be in a place to allow programs back in the building,” said Justine Fafara, Library Director.

“New Hampshire’s strong relationship with its public libraries was made even more evident during the past two years, when librarians and their staffs were able to adjust services nimbly in order to continue to meet the needs of their communities,” said N.H. State Librarian Michael York. “The innovative programs funded by these grants will continue to strengthen not only public library services, but also the communities in which the libraries reside.”

“As pillars of our communities, libraries and museums bring people together by providing important programs, services and collections. These institutions are trusted spaces where people can learn, explore and grow,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “IMLS is proud to support their initiatives through our grants as they educate and enhance their communities.”

Richards Free Library’s goal is to have the program up and running by May 2022.

Part of the N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the N.H. State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, visit nh.gov/nhsl.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

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Holiday Hours

Come visit us during our open hours this holiday season!

Looking for the perfect gift for your book-loving-loved-ones? Consider a RFL cat calendar!

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Closed Thurday November 11, 2021 for Veterans Day

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Game Night!

Join us tonight for Game Night! Play an old favorite or learn a new game with Alex Fafara from Fafaraway Games.

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We’re open!

Thanks to negative Covid-19 test results, the library is able to open today! We’ll be open Thursday November 4th from 12-8pm and we’ll resume our regular business hours on Friday November 5th. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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