Squam Lakes Animal Program Kickoff is a Go!

Hello friends! We are still kicking off our summer reading program today! Sign-ups will start at 10:30, and the animal program “No Two Tails Alike” will start at 11:00am. We might have a few rain sprinkles, but we do have a great big tent set up on our side lawn to help keep everyone dry. We can’t wait to see you!

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Annual Friends of the Richards Library Festival Canceled

We sincerely regret to announce that the Friends of the Richards Library Annual Library Festival has been canceled this year due to concerns regarding the COVID pandemic. Hopefully next year things will be back to normal and we can pack our book tents elbow to elbow with our faithful buyers!

However, along with the annual Apple Pie Craft Fair held on the Newport Town Common by the Library Arts Center, the library will be hosting author Melanie Kirkpatrick, author of Lady Editor: Sarah Josepha Hale and the Making of the Modern American Woman. Ms. Kirkpatrick will be on the Common from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM for a book signing (books will be available for purchase, supplied by Morgan Hill Bookstore). Stop by to say hello! From 2:00 to 3:00 PM, join us under the library tent for a presentation given by Ms. Kirkpatrick. Hope to see you there!

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Sy Montgomery is the 2020 Hale Award Winner

Richards Free Library and the Judges of the Sarah Josepha Hale Award are pleased to announce that Sy Montgomery is the 2020 Sarah Josepha Hale Award Medalist.  The award presentation will be held on August 7, 2021. More details will be posted on our website soon.

Sy Montgomery writes for adults and children, for print and broadcast, in America and overseas in an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible at what she considers a critical turning point in human history. “We are on the cusp of either destroying this sweet, green Earth—or revolutionizing the way we understand the rest of animate creation,” she says. “It’s an important time to be writing about the connections we share with our fellow creatures. It’s a great time to be alive.” She speaks frequently at schools and museums, libraries and universities.

For more information on Sy Montgomery and the Sarah Josepha Hale Award, take a look at our website under the tab Sarah Josepha Hale.

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The Library is Open!

If you’ve been waiting to come back to the library, wait no longer!

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Richards Free Library Digital Collection: 1921 Images of Newport, Goshen and Croydon

The Reverend David Lewis Yale came to Newport in 1918 during the influenza epidemic. Because there was only one other minister in town, he also served the neighboring communities of Goshen and Croydon. Rev. Yale remained in Newport until 1923 but returned in 1937 with a valuable gift: the photographs he took while a resident.

At that time, he presented two wooden boxes of these glass lantern slides to the Richards Free Library. Our thanks go to Jim Perkins of New London for digitizing the glass slides and to the New Hampshire State Library for not only funding but providing one-on-one instruction (Thank you, Bobbi Slossar!) on how to create this digital collection.

This collection is available for viewing on our website here.

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Library Hours

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Express Browsing & Computer Appointments now available!

We are now open for 15 minute appointments for Express Browsing and Computer usage! We will be offering these appointments Monday through Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-12. We’ll also continue offering curbside services during those same hours. Masks are required while in the building. One appointment per person per day. Give us a call to schedule an appointment 603-863-3430. We look forward to seeing you again!

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Richards Library Read-A-Thon!

Join us for the Richards Free Library First Annual Read-A-Thon! Full details can be found on our website under Remote Services.

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NoveList Select in our Catalog

The Richards Free Library has a brand new way to search for new books and authors you might like. Next time you visit our catalog, search for a book you have read and enjoyed. Click on the result you want read-alikes for (the physical book, or the audio book) and scroll to the bottom of the page. You’ll see a list of similar titles. Click on one to see why it’s recommended! Next you’ll see a list of similar authors. You can click on these too. If the book you searched for is part of a series, you’ll also see a list of similar series as well as all of the books in the series listed in order.

These read-alike features from NoveList are available for adult and kids for books and audio books!

If you find a read-alike you’d love that we don’t own, email us and we’ll request it through Inter-Library Loan.

Its like having a librarian in our catalog!

We’re very excited about this new tool! If you have any questions or need any assistance, please give us a call at 603-863-3430 or email us at rfl@newport.lib.nh.us We can’t wait to help you find your next favorite book!

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