Do you want to learn the language of the country your visiting? Do you want to improve your English skills? You can now do so with your home computer and your library card. Mango includes courses for the world’s most popular and widely used languages, and also provides multiple English As a Second Language courses.
Click on Mango Languages under Online Library, enter your card number and register.
Introducing a new RFL blog: treasures from our collection of scrapbooks!
Scrap books, first known as commonplace books in the 1600’s, have always been a way for people to collect meaningful materials. Scrap booking became a popular hobby in the United States around 1825, and remained so into the early part of the 2oth century. Some famous early “scrapbookers” were Thomas Jefferson, who began in 1758 at age fifteen, and Mark Twain, who invented a self-pasting scrapbook in 1872. Falling off after World War I, scrap booking regained its popularity in 1987 when Creative Memories began marketing scrapbooks. The Richards Free Library has a collection of personal scrapbooks which reflect historical Newport. Although they seldom record the source or date of entries, we hope you will like these snapshots of local history. So check back soon to see what interesting stories “Newport Nuggets” has mined from these archives!
If you are enjoying the PBS series Downton Abbey then you may enjoy reading about this time period. “Downton Abbey read-alikes”
The Newport Lions Club and the Newport Service Organization have made it possible for people with hearing difficulties to enjoy informational and cultural programs at the Richards Free Library and the Library Arts Center. Through the generosity of these two Newport organizations the library was able to purchase a Williams Sound Portable Infrared ADA Kit. The kit comes with two receivers and two sets of headphones for people with hearing difficulties.