Homeschool Book Group

Homeschool Book Group will discuss How to Train Your Dragon  by Cressida Cowell this Friday the 16th, at 10:30. Anyone who has read the book can participate! You still have time to power through it if you pick up your copy at the library today.


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Newport Municipal Solar Project

If you missed the informational meeting for the Municipal Solar Project on March 12, you can view a slideshow containing the pertinent information here.

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Newport Municipal Solar Project – NEW DATE – March 12th

On March 12th the Richards Free Library will host an informational meeting on Newport becoming the first solar net-zero New Hampshire town and school.

The  1.9 Megawatt solar energy project capable of providing the annual energy needs for all of Newport’s town and school facilities will be on the school and town ballots this spring.  The Newport School District will vote March 13, 2018, on whether to approve an article authorizing the Newport School Board to enter into a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Norwich Solar Technologies. The town vote will be held on May 8, 2018.

The project would serve the town’s schools and offices,  as well as all town-owned facilities, including the public library, airport, wastewater treatment plant, and the police, EMS and fire departments. If approved, this would be the largest municipal solar energy project in New Hampshire.

Don McCormick of Norwich Solar Technologies will explain the project and answer questions.

The meeting will be held in the library’s ballroom at 6:00 on Monday, March 12th.

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Project Rabbit 2018-CANCELLED DUE TO STORM


Join us this Thursday at 6:00 for Project Rabbit! The PTO will provide snacks, books to trade, and fun read-alouds for the whole family. We’ll have bookmarks to color and the Cat in the Hat will be here, too!

Project Rabbit is Thursday March 8th at 6:00pm

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Thank you, Float-Makers!

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Winter Carnival is over, but we had a blast making our “Gingerbread Man” float and walking in the parade! We even won 1st place among the small floats! Great big thank you’s go out to the Hagebusches for lending us … Continue reading

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Thank you Sugar River Bank!

The Sugar River Bank donated beautiful chairs for our Oval Room and the Hale Room this week. We love how elegant they look here! We would like to thank the Sugar River Bank for their continued generosity to this library, and thanks for contributing so much to the Newport community!

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digital edition is now available at the library.

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Volunteer of the Year

On December 6th, the Richards Free Library presented the 17th annual Pamela Gay Award for Volunteerism to Sandra Sonnichsen at the annual Volunteer Tea.  

Sandy volunteers with our archivist collecting, arranging and cataloging the library’s collection of Newport history and was involved in digitizing the Newport lantern slides.  She has studied Sarah Hale in order to write the definitive defense of Sarah’s authorship of the poem Mary’s Lamb, submitted Sarah Hale’s application to the Women’s Hall of Fame, and she was recently interviewed on NHPR’s Word of Mouth about Sarah’s role in the Thanksgiving holiday. The staff and trustees are grateful for all she does for the library.

The Award is named in memory of Pamela Gay, who volunteered countless hours at the library and exemplified the true spirit of volunteerism not only at the library but several other area organizations.

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Volunteer Tea

The Trustees of the Richards Free Library would like you to join us on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 4:00 PM in the Oval Room of the library for a reception to honor all library volunteers as well as the presentation of the Pamela Gay Award for Volunteerism. 

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The Mother of Thanksgiving

Listen to Word of Mouth on New Hampshire Public Radio this Saturday, November 18th at 11:00 a.m. and learn how a Newport woman is known for being the mother of Thanksgiving.

NHPR’s Virgina Prescott traveled to the Richards Free Library last week and interviewed Mary Lou McGuire, archivist, and Sandy Sonnichsen, volunteer archivist, about the life of Sarah Josepha Hale and her campaign to create a national day of thanksgiving.

NHPR broadcasts Word of Mouth on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and rebroadcasts the show on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

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