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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When you drive by the library, notice our new look. This summer we added 18 more spaces to the library’s parking lot. Last week, we finished the landscaping between the library and the Sarah Josepha Hale Memorial Park. The clump of scraggly maple trees that were overshadowing the trees in the park were replaced with new maple and flowering crabapple trees beautifully spaced on the side lawn. In addition, the hedge of hydrangeas was continued to Main Street so the Park is now completed. Everything was planted just in time to take advantage of all the rain!

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Halloween at the Library

This Halloween you can trick or treat for books here at the library! Just wear your costume to the library between 10 am and 8 pm on Halloween and you can choose a free book from a special book cart!

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