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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.

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!

Summer Reading Ice Cream Fizz Finale!

Our Fizz, Boom, Read Summer Reading program is ending with a bang! Or, at least with some fizz.
This Friday, August 1st 2:00 pm
Library Side Lawn (Rain location: Ballroom)

All children and teens who participated this year are invited to come to our Ice Cream Fizz Finale! We’ll have fizzy ice-cream floats, poppin’ pop rocks, and we’ll be giving away a ton of prizes.
Possible winnings include (but are not limited to): a 25$ iTunes gift card, some great books, gift cards to Plaza Pizza and Pizza Hut, and more!

Tie Dye Fun for Kids and Teens!

Come to the side lawn of the library at 3:30 Thursday the 31st!
We’ll have 4 colors of dye, plenty of string and rubber bands, and a whole bunch of fun!
Bring your own piece of white cotton clothing to tie-dye, and don’t forget to wear old clothes.
You can take your colorful creation home in a plastic bag, and let it air dry at home. The first couple times you wash your special tie-died creation, wash it separately so that you don’t get any excess dye on your other clothes!
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