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Teen Movie and Pizza Night

Teens! You asked for it, now it’s here! Come to the library to eat pizza and watch a movie this Thursday the 9th at 5:30 in the DePaola room.
We can’t tell you which movie yet, but I will say that I have really been into movies like Divergent, Pitch Perfect, Frozen, and the Hunger Games lately…hmmm. I wonder what we might watch? Come find out!

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Poetry in the Art Center

This month The Poetry Group  meeting will be in the Library Arts Center gallery so that we can be inspired by their “POETRY: The Poet and the Painter” event.   For more details on this event visit the Library Arts Center on the web at


Children’s Events

International Talk Like A Pirate Day was a lot of fun! We found this old Treasure Map, showing the way to the Book of Pirates!

Treasure Map

Some brave souls took the challenge and set out to add their names to the Book of Pirates!

Book of Pirates

The treasure map will likely remain at the library for a few more days, if you want to come give it a try. Today is LEGO Family Fun! So come on in to have some fun building!

Lego Club Family fun day posterNext week is Banned Book Week!

Come to the library to find displays of books for young people that are frequently challenged and even banned from some schools and libraries. We have to keep reading this important literature! It’s our first amendment right to have access to information without limitation and censorship. The Richards Free Library will be celebrating our Right to Read all week. It’s a great time to check out Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, or even Captain Underpants. Look for our brand new copy of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, another frequently challenged book!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is Friday September 19th. Use Mango Languages to learn how to talk like a pirate!

Blow me down, the ship’s becalmed!

This Friday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

We’ll be having a bit of pirate fun here at the library, so don’t ferget yer pirate talk!

If you don’t know any Pirate, that’s alright! The Library has a resource called Mango Languages. You can find it right here on the home page– just click on the picture above! Or, just look to the right. It’s under “Online Library.” You don’t have to sign in to use it here at the library, just click “Quick Start.” If “Pirate” doesn’t show up as a featured language, select “All languages” and look under the “P’s” for “Pirate.”

Mango is a real language-learning resource, and you can really learn how to speak just like a pirate, and have a lot of fun! (It’s also a great resource for learning real languages, like Spanish.)

LEGO Club Family Fun Day

Don’t miss LEGO Club this month!

Saturday, September 20th


Children of All Ages Welcome! Bring your Master Builder skills, and come join the fun!

Build something related to the Library to display this month, or build anything you like! Come find out just how many LEGOs we have!

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*Note: Lego Club is always open to everyone! You don’t have to be a “Club Member.” However, if you want to receive emails about LEGO related events, add your name and email to the list. Just ask at the Children’s Desk!

Join us for an after school craft with Ms Ina

Make a Nature Collage in a real frame!

3:30 pm Today, Tuesday September 16th


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!



Homeschool Book Group

The Homeschool Book Group is starting up again this month! We will be meeting on Friday, September 19 at 10:30 and will be discussing the book Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Copies of the book are now available for loan at the library. Hope to see you then!


Among the hidden

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is Going Strong

Congratulations1000 Books Before Kindergarten bulletin board on some stellar reading so far! Parents are signing up their little ones for this program, and are doing a super job attempting to read 1000 books to their children before each child reaches kindergarten. Two kiddos have already earned their 100-book stars, and others are close behind!

If you have a child age 0-4 (or just not in kindergarten yet) don’t miss out! You can sign up to participate at the Children’s Desk any time.

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is part of a national initiative to encourage parents to read 1000 books aloud to their children before each child begins kindergarten. The more parents read aloud to their children, the more prepared the children will be to learn to read in school. The goal of this program is to increase our children’s vocabulary and develop important early literacy skills, such as visual decoding and the ability to sit still and listen. Did you know that children need to practice reading in order to work on simple physiological abilities such as page turning, and tracking lines of text with their eyes? The children’s department at the Richards Free Library is dedicated to helping children and their parents at every step of the process.

Participants in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program receive a special booklet to record all of the books they read. Since children love and need repetition, each time you re-read the same book, of course  it counts toward the goal. For every 100 books read, children get their booklet stamped, and a chance to show off their “stellar” reading by decorating a star to display on the program bulletin board. The booklet also includes tips for reading to young children, and lists of recommended titles.

Stop by the Richards Free Library children’s desk to sign up for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to give your infant, toddler or preschooler a bright start in life.

Library Festival

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We’re busy today getting ready for the library festival on Saturday, August 23!

Come to our 58th annual Library Festival!  Activities include our book sale with thousands of books, doll house raffle, cookie walk, luncheon on the porch from 11:00 to 1:00, and children’s activities. If you are a Friend of the Library, you may have a preview of the book tent at 8:00 AM. If you’re not yet a Friend of the Library, you can join that morning.  The Friends of the Library will be selling library-related items as well as signatures for the library anniversary quilt.