This portrait of Elizabeth A. (Lizzie) Richards was recently donated to the Richards Free Library by her niece Margaret Richards Chapman. It hangs in the second floor hallway along with portraits of Lizzie’s father Dexter Richards and her brother Seth Mason Richards. When Lizzie died at the age of twenty her father donated a new organ to Newport’s South Congregational Church in her memory. Part of that organ remains as the case for the present organ, with the original memorial plaque still attached.
This year’s Pamela Gay Award for Volunteerism was given to Priscilla Hagebusch at the 13th annual Volunteer Tea in the library’s Oval Room.
Priscilla is an enthusiastic volunteer at the library. She shares her many artistic talents with us on a regular basis from creating window treatments to baking dozens and dozens of cookies for the library festival. Priscilla is the granddaughter of a former trustee and founder of the Friends of the Richards Library and the Sarah Josepha Hale Award.
The award is named in honor of Pamela Gay who, before her death, volunteered countless hours at the library and exemplified the true spirit of volunteerism not only at the library but several other area organizations.
Every Wednesday a group of 4th-6th graders have been meeting and sharing their stories with each other as well as learning new writing techniques from Miss Meg.
One of their goals for the year was to publish their stories on the web.
Now their dream has become a reality!
Introducing the Youth Writer’s Group Blog:
Check back often for new stories from each tween!
If you are in 4th-6th grade and would like to join Youth Writer’s Group feel free to talk to Miss Meg!
Jari Mannisto and Brent Stocker have been working hard to have the Sarah Josepha Hale monument in place for its dedication on November 23rd at 3:00 p.m. The metal floor of the sculpture with Sarah’s name at the entrance was installed yesterday. Jari is now preparing the installation for the final element in the center. Michael Kennedy and his crew have planted and put down sod in the front of the park. He will need to wait for spring to plant the trees and hedges at the rear of the park. Please stop and visit the sculpture it is a moving tribute to an incredible American.