Library Events

Books on Tap
Tuesday, Sep. 27, 6:30
This month we will be discussing the book Season of Ice by Diane Les Becquets.  Copies of the book are available for loan from the library.

The wild winter setting of northern Maine is the exciting backdrop for this story of Genesis, 17, who is encouraged by her beloved dad to become a champion ice-car racer. Then Dad disappears in a storm; his boat is empty, and until the ice melts in the spring, there’s no way to find his body. That means the family can’t collect his life insurance, so Gen drops out of school to wait tables and help her distant stepmom and her stepbrothers. Along with her raging sorrow, Gen must deal with a disturbing small-town rumor: Dad has run off somewhere with another woman. Les Becquets’ exploration of the stages of grief goes on too long; there’s too much detail about anger and denial before Gen finds a comforting romance. But some of the action is thrilling, especially when Gen speeds through the ice and fog in a snowmobile and drives a truck up lonely dangerous hills, searching for closure and for a sense of her own true self. 
Toddler Story Time
Wednesday, Sep. 28, 10:30
A lapsit story time for babies and toddlers from birth through age two. We sing songs, rhymes and read a couple books.
Preschool Story Time
Wednesday, Sep. 28, 11:00 (Wednesdays)
A preschool story time for chilren ages two through six.  We read books, sing songs and do a simple craft.
Junior Writer’
Wednesday, Sep. 28, 3:15-5:00
This Writer’s Group is a fun club for elementary aged students who are into writing and playing games to do with words, writing, and creativity. Bring your stories and poems to share, and get ready to have fun! 
Scratch Programming
Thursday, Sep. 29, 3:15-4:15
Sign up to learn about Scratch Computer Programming with Karen Coutu in this fun after school program.
Poetry Night at the
Thursday, Sep. 29, 7:00
Come to the library for poetry night with a twist!  Its a collaboration with the Library Arts Center and Turning Points Network - Voices & Visions: Empower(ME)nt thorough Art.
Farmer’s Marke
Friday, Sep. 30, 4:00
Join us at the Farmer's Market on the Newport Town Common for story time!
2016 Sarah Josepha H
Saturday, Oct. 1, 8:00
Richards Free Library and the Judges of the Sarah Josepha Hale Award are pleased to announce that poet Sharon Olds is the 2016 Sarah Josepha Hale Award Medalist.  She will accept the award on October 1, 2016 at 8:00 PM at hte Newport Opera House.
Bingo for Books!
Monday, Oct. 3, 3:15
Stop in for a few games of Bingo and win free books to bring home!
Brown Bag and Books
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 12:00
We will be discussing the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  Copies of the book are available for loan from the library.

A long journey from home and the struggle to find it again form the heart of the intertwined stories that make up this moving novel. Foster teen Molly is performing community-service work for elderly widow Vivian, and as they go through Vivian’s cluttered attic, they discover that their lives have much in common. When Vivian was a girl, she was taken to a new life on an orphan train. These trains carried children to adoptive families for 75 years, from the mid-nineteenth century to the start of the Great Depression. Novelist Kline (Bird in Hand, 2009) brings Vivian’s hardscrabble existence in ­Depression-era Minnesota to stunning life. Molly’s present-day story in Maine seems to pale in comparison, but as we listen to the two characters talk, we find grace and power in both of these seemingly disparate lives. Although the girls are vulnerable, left to the whims of strangers, they show courage and resourcefulness. Kline illuminates a largely hidden chapter of American history, while portraying the coming-of-age of two resilient young women.
Toddler Story Time
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 10:30
A lapsit story time for babies and toddlers from birth through age two. We sing songs, rhymes and read a couple books.
Preschool Story Time
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 11:00 (Wednesdays)
A preschool story time for chilren ages two through six.  We read books, sing songs and do a simple craft.
Youth Writer’s
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 3:00
Do you want to be a writer or a novelist? Join writer's group to meet up with other kids in middle and high school who are serious about their creative writing.  We share our writing, play games, eat snacks, and WRITE!
After School Movie
Thursday, Oct. 6, 3:15
Join us for popcorn and a movie!  We will be showing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
Farmer’s Marke
Friday, Oct. 7, 4:00
Join us at the Farmer's Market on the Newport Town Common for story time!
Library Closed - Col
Monday, Oct. 10
3Doodler Pens
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 3:00
Have you tried out the 3Doodler pens yet?  Come in to the Newport Room of the library and give it a shot!  Ages 12 and up or with permission.
Toddler Story Time
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10:30
A lapsit story time for babies and toddlers from birth through age two. We sing songs, rhymes and read a couple books.
Preschool Story Time
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 11:00 (Wednesdays)
A preschool story time for chilren ages two through six.  We read books, sing songs and do a simple craft.
Junior Writer’
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3:15
This Writer’s Group is a fun club for elementary aged students who are into writing and playing games to do with words, writing, and creativity. Bring your stories and poems to share, and get ready to have fun! 
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