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Fines Forgiveness Week

If you come into the library during National Library Week, April 13 through 18, you can ask to have your fines taken off from your account. Don’t forget to return your overdue books!

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.

Historic Newport Newspapers


Newport’s historic newspapers can now be searched online!

The library’s 123 rolls of microfilm have been scanned and indexed. You can search by name, event, date or key word.  GO to:

Getting Started

* Recommended browsers:  Firefox, Explorer, Safari, Chrome.

* Make sure the most recent version of Adobe Reader is installed on your computer. See the HELP page for Firefox and Chrome.

* Install Adobe Reader tools on the toolbar, especially Snapshot, Advanced Search and Find.

* Search by word, “phrase” or OR


* To search, type in word or “phrase” and hit Enter. Results are returned by relevancy or frequency of occurrence.

* Use the Search tool to find your word on the page. First occurrence of term will be highlighted. Press Enter for next.

*Use Snapshot to print a section of the page. Highlight selection, release mouse, click OK. Click on Print tool to print, or copy to another document.

*To search by date click on Title, Year, Month, Day.

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Sarah Josepha Buel Hale Named to the NH Women’s Heritage Trail

The New Hampshire Women’s Heritage Trail and the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation celebrated Women’s History Month by announcing the first twenty-seven inductees to the New Hampshire Women’s Heritage Trail. In 2008 the NH Commission on the Status of Women created the Women’s Heritage Trail with the mission to “give visible recognition to the historic women of New Hampshire and celebrate their significant contributions to the life and culture of the state since its founding.”A call for nominations was sent throughout the state, and for the past seven years considerable research was conducted into the lives of those recommended for this honor. Newport’s Sarah J. Hale was nominated by the Richards Free Library, and selected for her literary work, editorship of Godey’s Lady’s Book, and her fight for higher education, better medical care and higher wages for women. A list of all women on the Heritage Trail can be found at


Movie Day!

Wednesday is movie day! 3:00, after school.

Come watch a family-friendly movie about a little seal child named Saoirse and her brother, and how they save the fairy folk.

Song of the Sea poster online


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.

Research tips



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!