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Richards Free Library 125th Anniversary Celebration Quilt

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Make sure your name is part of this historical commemorative to Newport’s Richards Free Library! This signature quilt, highlighting the library’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.

Newport Nuggets… Newport’s 150th Celebration Invitation, August 1911


Newport Nuggets… No Fishing on the Common!


Richards Library Celebrates 125 Years!


Introducing the Awesome Box!

Returning something to the library that you thought was just AWESOME!? Don’t put it in the regular book drop– stick it in the awesome box by the front computer.  Anything can be added to the awesome box– books, movies or audio!  Check out what is awesome at our library at:

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Richards Library Celebrates 125 years!

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Newport Nuggets … the 1935 Flood

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Portrait of Elizabeth A. Richards Donated to Library

This portrait of Elizabeth A. (Lizzie) Richards was recently donated to the Richards Free Library by her niece Margaret Richards Chapman. It hangs in the second floor hallway along with portraits of Lizzie’s father Dexter Richards and her brother Seth Mason Richards. When Lizzie died at the age of twenty her father donated a new organ to Newport’s South Congregational Church in her memory. Part of that organ remains as the case for the present organ, with the original memorial plaque still attached. LizzieRIchards

Volunteer of the Year


This year’s Pamela Gay Award for Volunteerism was given to Priscilla Hagebusch at the 13th annual Volunteer Tea in the library’s Oval Room.

Priscilla is an enthusiastic volunteer at the library. She shares her many artistic talents with us on a regular basis from creating window treatments to baking dozens and dozens of cookies for the library festival. Priscilla is the granddaughter of a former trustee and founder of the Friends of the Richards Library and the Sarah Josepha Hale Award.

The award is named in honor of Pamela Gay who, before her death, volunteered countless hours at the library and exemplified the true spirit of volunteerism not only at the library but several other area organizations.

Dedication of Sarah Josepha Hale Memorial Park

Some photos from the dedication of the Sarah Josepha Hale Memorial Park on Saturday, November 23.IMG_2633[1]

Descendant of Sarah Josepha Hale. Photo courtesy of WMUR.

Descendant of Sarah Josepha Hale. Photo courtesy of WMUR.