Have you been thinking about joining a book group? We have three at the library.

Brown Bags and Books meets the first Tuesday of each month at noon. For November 5, they will be reading Silver Fin by Charlie Higson.

Wednesday Night Book Group meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM. This month they are meeting on October 16 and are reading Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien.

Books on Tap meets the fourth Tuesday of each month and meets at Salt Hill Pub in Newport at 6:30 PM. This month, October 22, they are reading Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird.

Copies of all book group books are available from the library, and you don’t have to have a library card to be able to check these books out.

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Hale Award Winner Jodi Picoult to speak on September 28th

Jodi Picoult

September 28th, 8:00

Newport Opera House

Free Admission

For more information, please contact the Richards Free Library


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Poet Wes McNair

Courage to Create: “Mending Broken Things”

Thursday, September 19 at the Library Arts Center, 7:00 PM

Taking a cue from his memoir, The Words I Chose, Wes McNair will give a combined poetry reading and talk titled “Mending Broken Things.” In his memoir he says, “I am a poet who has been shaped from the start by the threat of things dear to me coming apart.” He will show how he has addressed this threat in poems that attempt to repair and restore the broken world.

Free — No Registration Necessary

For More information call 863-3430

This program is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities.

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Shaws Reusable Bag Program

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Frozen T-Shirt Challenge

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Shooting Star Keychain Craft

On Monday July 22nd, at 2:00, make your own shooting star!

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Local Author Night is next Thursday, July 18th at 6:00!

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Wanted: Community Donations for Got Lunch! Newport

Got Lunch bags ready to go.
Got Lunch is an all-volunteer program that delivers weekly groceries for Newport-area children who miss school breakfast and lunch when school is out for the summer or for vacation weeks.
We need: Unsweetened cereal,
quarts of Mayo, squeeze jars of jelly,
6 packs of applesauce.

Drop-off points: Richards Free Library, Richards School, SAU 43, South Congregational Church. Contact Charen Urban, Got Lunch Coordinator, to volunteer or for more information on how you or your organization can help. 603 995-1248 OR
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Summer Sidewalk Chalk event cancelled

Unfortunately our Summer Solstice Sidewalk Chalk event scheduled for this morning is cancelled due to the rainy wet weather. Stay warm and dry, everyone!

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Big Library Read!

What would you risk for a complete stranger? When widow Millie Sanger finds an injured enemy pilot on her farm, she offers shelter to keep him from being killed. The two forge an unexpected and passionate bond. But consequences of her compassion prove deadly.

From June 17–July 1, booklovers can borrow LP Fergusson’s harrowing wartime love story as an ebook with no waitlists or holds.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that simultaneously connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. A Dangerous Act of Kindness is the 19th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at The free program runs for two weeks and only requires a Richards Free Library card to get started.

A Dangerous Act of Kindness can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®.” The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

Borrow ‘A Dangerous Act of Kindness’ from Libby and join the #BigLibraryRead:

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