HeritageQuest has been updated and is now powered by Ancestry. Â You can search anything from books to databases to the census to get information on your ancestors. Â There are all-new research aids and interactive census maps, and more improvements are coming. Â 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.
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!
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 Friends of the Library have begun a new activity. Â 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. Â 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. Â If you would like to participate, join the Friends on the First Monday in February (2nd) at 9:00.
Itâ€™s not too late to add your signature to the Richards Free Library 125th Anniversary Signature Quilt.Â For $5.00 you can have your signature stitched into posterity.Â The quilt will hang in the library for the next 125 years!
Come in and sign your name before October 31st!
Congratulations 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 childrenâ€™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 childrenâ€™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 courseÂ it counts toward the goal. For every 100 books read, children get their booklet stamped, and a chance to show off their â€œstellarâ€ 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 childrenâ€™s desk to sign up for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to give your infant, toddler or preschooler a bright start in life.
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.
Welcome to Moriah (“Mo”) Churchill as our new Children’s Librarian! Â Originally from Maine, she comes to us from Simmons College with Master’s degrees in Children’s Literature and Library Science. Stop in and say hi!
Make sure your name is part of this historical commemorative to Newportâ€™s Richards Free Library! This signature quilt, highlighting the libraryâ€™s history and service, will contain the embroidered signatures of all participants and hang in a place of honor at the library. Groups and individuals who wish to participate can obtain an easy to use Quilt Square Packet at the library between April 12 and August 23, 2014. The packet contains quilt square and full directions on how to participate. We ask for a donation of $40.00 for each square, or $5.00 per signature. Your participation will document for all time your support of the library and also insure that the Richards Free Library remains a vibrant part of the Newport community.