T.H.E Book Group for Teens

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Snap Circuits are Back!

The Snap Circuits are back to stay! Thanks to the Newport Rotary Club, we have now have our own kits! This Thursday, September 3rd, after school at 3:15 is your first chance to play and explore electrical circuitry with our new kits! This program is recommended for children ages 8 and older.

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2015 Hale Award Medalist Alan Taylor


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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: richards.advantage-preservation.com.

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 http://nhwomensheritagetrail.org/.


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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.


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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



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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!

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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.


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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Sign up your child to read 1000 books before kindergarten, and get a packet full of helpful tips to help you keep track of your reading.
Let’s commit to helping prepare all our little ones for school! Reading works!
Come to the library Children’s desk to find out more.
The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten kickoff starts August 12th, 10:00 am. Come sign up your child to have 1000 books read aloud before kindergarten!

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