Hale Award given to Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben photo by Steve Liptay

Bill McKibben photo by Steve Liptay

Newport, N.H.– The Trustees of the Richards Free Library and the Judges of the Sarah Josepha Hale Award announced that author and environmentalist Bill McKibben is the 2014 Hale Award Medalist.

Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org, the grassroots climate change movement. A Middlebury College professor, he is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies. In 2013 he won the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Award for his environmental activism. Continue reading

Author Dan Szczesny to visit Sunapee July 28

Sunapee, N.H. — When hiker Dan Szczesny and his nine-year-old ward, Janelle, first set foot on the trail to Mt. Kearsarge in Novmber 2011, neither of them knew that this easy hike to one of the state’s most popular mountain tops would change both their lives. But what followed was a hiking odyssey that lasted over a year as the two hikers cross-crossed the state on their way to a 225-mile epic attempt to complete a little-known hiking list called The 52 With a View.

Dan Szczesny, author of The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie, along with Janelle, will present a slide show program and do book signings in Sunapee at Abbott Library, 542 Route 11, on Monday, July 28 at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Abbott Library, phone 603-763-5513.

Richards Free Library Celebrates Poetry Month

Newport, N.H. — The Richards Free Library, 58 N. Main Street, Newport, is celebrating National Poetry Month on April 24 at 7 p.m.. Bring your favorite poem to read or just come to listen. Everyone is invited. Refreshments will be provided.

At the Richards Free Library on April 28 (at 3:30 p.m.),  Dr. Robert Scott will read and talk about his new book for children, Horatio’s Hometown Hero. The book was written in conjunction with Ambassador Joseph and Augusta Petrone as part of the Inspire Future New Hampshire Heroes program. Admission is free.

The book tells a simple story: To be a hero you do not have to be rich, powerful or beautiful, all you need is a giving heart that cares and shares with others.  “Yes, we all can become a hero,” is the book’s motto.

Upper Valley Naturalist Training Registration Now Open

UVLT Naturalist Training-walk in the woodsUpper Valley, N.H. — The Upper Valley Land Trust and Hulbert Outdoor Center are sponsoring an Upper Valley Naturalist Training from April 23-May 17, 2013.

The Upper Valley Naturalist Training program is an in-depth introduction to the ecosystems and wildlife found in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.

The training is designed to be accessible for the beginning naturalist, but also of interest to more seasoned naturalists, particularly those looking for a way to share their knowledge with the larger community.

The training will include four Wednesday evening classroom presentations and four Saturday field sessions.

Topics will be presented by local experts and include geology, plant communities, wetland ecology, birds, interpretive techniques and more. Space is limited, so interested participants should register now.

For more information and the training schedule, visit www.uvlt.org or call 603-643-6626.

Sunapee Seniors to host candidates forum

The Sunapee Seniors will hold their annual Candidates Day meeting on Monday, February 24 at 1 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street. The public is invited to attend. All candidates for Sunapee school and town offices have been invited to present their views and qualifications. Election Day is Tuesday, March 11.

Also, at the Seniors meeting, Sunapee Town Manager Donna Nashawaty and Superintendent of Schools Russell Holden will answer questions about town and school warrant articles and Director Mary Danko from Abbott Library will give a progress report on the new town library under construction.

If the weather is inclement, the meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 1:00 at the Sunapee Methodist Church.

40th Annual Apple Pie Crafts Fair

NewportApplePieFair_2011Newport, N.H. — The 40th Annual Apple Pie Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013, from 9 to 3 p.m., rain or shine, on the Newport Town Common in Newport, N.H.

The fair features nearly 100 booths of traditional crafts, including pottery, woodworking, blown glass, quilting, fiber arts, and more.

Fair-goers will enjoy live music throughout the day, as well as the famous apple pie sale and contest, and the Newport Firemen’s chicken barbecue.  Adjacent to the Fair, the Richards Free Library’s Library will hold a festival & book sale that features crafts for kids and a cookie walk.

For more information, contact the Library Arts Center. Courtesy photo.

Richards Free Library hosts an evening with Wesley McNair

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The Richards Free Library in Newport invites the public to an evening with poet and author Wesley McNair on Monday, July 15. Photo by Benjamin Magro.

Newport, NH – The Richards Free Library in Newport, will host an evening with New Hampshire native Wesley McNair on Monday, July 15, 2013, at 7 p.m.

McNair will read from his memoir.

Beginning in poverty and a broken home, McNair went on, through family hardships and setbacks, to become what poet Philip Levine has called “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.”

McNair will talk about how he developed into a poet against the odds, incorporating his struggles into his art.

McNair’s latest books are Lovers of the Lost: New and Selected Poetry and The Words I Chose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry. He is the poet laureate of Maine.

Richards Free Library is at 58 N. Main Street. For more information, email: rfl@newport.lib.nh.us.

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