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Red White Blue Trivia at the Library

Join us at the Richards Free Library for an hour of American History trivia fun. Come with your own team or join a pick up team for an evening of fun, facts and…. Prizes! The grand prize is two tickets to Mt. Sunapee… just in time for spring skiing!RedWhiteBlueTriviaPosterForMarch

McNair to Launch New Collection of Poetry

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On April 16 at the Richards Free Library in Newport, New Hampshire, Wesley McNair, who was born in Newport and graduated from Stevens High School in Claremont, will read from his new poetry collection, The Lost Child, Ozark Poems. His reading will begin at 7:00 p.m.


The book represents a new departure for McNair. Long a poet of New England places, he takes a new path, writing about his mother’s homeplace in the Ozarks of southern Missouri. “My mother was always tight-lipped about her feelings, and I wanted to know her more deeply by exploring the hill country where she grew up during the Dust Bowl Period,” he says, adding, “There are poems about her, too, woven all through it.”

When he began, his mother had been admitted at an acute care center, with only a few months left to live, and by the time he completed it, she had died. “The poems were inspired by the grief I felt and the need to reconcile with her,” McNair says. “But after her death, I also wrote to remember her. I’ve never written any book of poems that goes this deeply into family feelings.”

Wesley McNair not only grew up in the Newport area, but taught for many years at Colby-Sawyer College, where he founded the American Studies program. He has been invited twice to read his poems by the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and he has won numerous awards for his poetry over the years, including the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal and a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America’s “finest living artists.” At the library event, he will not only read poems from The Lost Child, but explain how the collection evolved and how its poems have affected him.

Now You Can Download Magazines!

NHWebGraphic1Starting today you can download magazines using the Nook app to any of these supported devices:

  • iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches
  • All Android tablets and phones
  • Nook HD, HD+, Nook Tablet, Nook Color

Magazines can be found on the NH Downloadable Books Site front page showcase or by performing an Advanced Search. If doing an Advanced Search, simply change for the format to “Nook Periodicals” and click the search button. Once you find a magazine that you would like to check out, click on “Send to Nook app.”

More information about downloadable magazines may be found on the NH Downloadable Blog.





HeritageQuest has been updated and is now powered by Ancestry.  You can search anything from books to databases to the census to get information on your ancestors.  There are all-new research aids and interactive census maps, and more improvements are coming.  All this is available to Richards Library patrons while at the library or at home. Visit Proquest for more information. Stop in at the library for your login information.

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Thank you!

The Library’s 2015 Winter Carnival parade float won 3rd place in the small float catagory! Congratulations and many thanks to all of the girls who joined us on the float on Saturday, with your costumes and cheerfulness. Thanks for telling stories and singing along, and making the Parade an absolute blast!

The Library 2015 Parade Float

Special thanks to the Hagebusches for the use of the pick-up, and the Snow Queen costume! Thank you also to Cam Churchill for driving the float!

The First First Monday

First MondayThe Friends of the Library have begun a new activity.  They will gather on the first Monday of each Month from 9:00 – 11:00 while the library is closed to work on various projects.   This month they took down the holiday decorations and then proceeded to make sure that books were in the correct order on the shelves. Projects will vary each month and there are always books to be dusted and arranged.  If you would like to participate, join the Friends on the First Monday in February (2nd) at 9:00.


Anniversary Quilt Deadline Extended

It’s not too late to add your signature to the Richards Free Library 125th Anniversary Signature Quilt.  For $5.00 you can have your signature stitched into posterity.  The quilt will hang in the library for the next 125 years!

Come in and sign your name before October 31st!



1000 Books Before Kindergarten is Going Strong

Congratulations1000 Books Before Kindergarten bulletin board on some stellar reading so far! Parents are signing up their little ones for this program, and are doing a super job attempting to read 1000 books to their children before each child reaches kindergarten. Two kiddos have already earned their 100-book stars, and others are close behind!

If you have a child age 0-4 (or just not in kindergarten yet) don’t miss out! You can sign up to participate at the Children’s Desk any time.

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is part of a national initiative to encourage parents to read 1000 books aloud to their children before each child begins kindergarten. The more parents read aloud to their children, the more prepared the children will be to learn to read in school. The goal of this program is to increase our children’s vocabulary and develop important early literacy skills, such as visual decoding and the ability to sit still and listen. Did you know that children need to practice reading in order to work on simple physiological abilities such as page turning, and tracking lines of text with their eyes? The children’s department at the Richards Free Library is dedicated to helping children and their parents at every step of the process.

Participants in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program receive a special booklet to record all of the books they read. Since children love and need repetition, each time you re-read the same book, of course  it counts toward the goal. For every 100 books read, children get their booklet stamped, and a chance to show off their “stellar” reading by decorating a star to display on the program bulletin board. The booklet also includes tips for reading to young children, and lists of recommended titles.

Stop by the Richards Free Library children’s desk to sign up for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to give your infant, toddler or preschooler a bright start in life.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Sign up your child to read 1000 books before kindergarten, and get a packet full of helpful tips to help you keep track of your reading.
Let’s commit to helping prepare all our little ones for school! Reading works!
Come to the library Children’s desk to find out more.
The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten kickoff starts August 12th, 10:00 am. Come sign up your child to have 1000 books read aloud before kindergarten!

Welcome our new Children’s Librarian!

Welcome to Moriah (“Mo”) Churchill as our new Children’s Librarian!  Originally from Maine, she comes to us from Simmons College with Master’s degrees in Children’s Literature and Library Science. Stop in and say hi!Mo