I am pleased to report that the new Director of the Richards Memorial Library will be Debbie Clifton. Debbie has extensive experience in libraries and is currently the Associate Director of the Seekonk Public Library, which is also a member of the SAILS Library Network. The search committee consisted of Michael Borg, the Town Manager, Cathy Calicchia, the town’s Human Resources Director, Ruth Sullivan, the Vice Chairman of the library trustees, and me. Our decision to offer the post to Debbie was unanimous. The decision must be confirmed by the Town Council; that vote is scheduled for August 14.
Summer Reading - Find Your Voice - is in full swing at the library. Over 450 children ages 3-14 have registered! Please remember that all reading logs must be returned to the children's room by August 26 for prize redemption. Raffle winners will be notified by email on August 28.
Make sure to visit our downstairs art gallery to see the Find Your Voice art and writing submissions by children ages 5 and up.
This month, we will continue with our STEAM cart days on Mondays and Wednesdays, with drop-in times of 10am - 4 pm. Each day will bring out 1 or 2 new STEAM activities to explore.
Coding Robots has been a great success this summer, and our last program will take place August 16 at 2 pm for children ages 6-8. Children will explore the world of block coding using our Dash and Dot robots and Kindle Fires.
Children ages 3 and up can visit our side lawn on August 8 at 10 am for an Insect Hunt and Craft. We will try to find and identify any insects, make a bug craft, and then enjoy popsicles. If the weather is bad, we'll meet inside for the craft and popsicles to go.
Tween ages 9-11 will enjoy a Book Talk on August 14 at 2 pm. Drop by the meeting room to discuss what you are reading with other kids your age and possibly get some new ideas of what to read next!
Story time returns for one meeting on August 17 at 11 am for our youngest patrons. Come enjoys stories, songs and a craft inside. Suggested ages 1-7.
Does your child enjoy making friendship bracelets
or would like to learn how? Stop by the side lawn on August 22 at 11 am and celebrate summer and friendship.This program is for children 6 and up, and it will be moved inside if the weather is bad.
Join the Adult Craft Group on August 15 at 1:30 in creating a polymer clay necklace. You will make the beads in the colors of your choice, then bring them home to fire in your oven. Class size is limited to 10 adults, ages 18+. Please register by phone or at the Reference Desk. Note: Class will meet on Tuesday this month. |
The Book Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, August 8 at 1:30 to discuss:
Centuries after disappearing into the wilderness en masse, the sentient robots of Panga return to visit with a tea monk and answer their burning question,“What do people need?”
August Book Displays
Fun and Games (games for you and your family to play) and Summer Reading (novels with Summer in the title). Come in and find something interesting to read.
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Friends of Richards Memorial Library
The Friends of Richards Memorial Library wish to thank the following local downtown businesses for participating in our 2023 fundraising Membership Drive/Scavenger Hunt.
Our new members enjoyed visiting our downtown merchants and exploring some old and established businesses and finding some new favorites! Please take a walk downtown and do some exploring for yourself. You will be glad you did.
We thank the places below for allowing us to place a library book on their premises:
BID RED PIZZA
THE BLACK OPAL FLORIST
2 FRUITS WELLNESS
THE LAUGHING SHIELD COMIC SHOP
LOS ANTOJITOS RESTAURANT & BAR
MACKIE’S FAMILY RESTAURANT
THE PRESERVATION FRAMER
In addition to placing a book: the following also donated prizes for our hunt:
ANGLE TREE BREWERY/$50 gift card
THE DANCERS DRAWER/$10 gift bag
THE FINER COLLECTION/$22 merchandise
HOME OF GREEK YOGURT/3 - $10 gift cards
JAY’S INDIAN KITCHEN/$25 gift card
MAD MOOSE SALOON/$25 gift card
THE MEAT BAR/$25 gift card
STITCH NEW ENGLAND/$20 gift card and embroidery kit
UNIQUE STEPS DANCE ACADEMY/Book signed by author Melissa Medeiros ($16.95 value)
VILORIO’S BAR & BISTRO/$20 gift card
WHISK & PADDLE/$10 gift card
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Friends, we would love to have you join our ‘select’ group. The Friends have a long history of helping our library with some very interesting projects, programs, and so on. For more information about becoming a member, please see the wonderful staff at the front desk of our beautiful Library!