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.

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.

Author reading at Richards Free Library: Deidre Currier

Newport, N.H. – The Richards Free Library, 58 N. Main Street, Newport, is sponsoring an author reading on Friday, February 1, at 3 p.m. Deidre Currier will read from her new book “Tales From the Tub: Growing Old is for the Brave.”

“Currier urges our youth oriented culture to look for the gifts of truth our elders have to share,” says the release. “Currier’s stories have been gleaned from 25 years as a nurse in an assisted living home.” The public is invited to visit with the author as she shares her affectionate and compelling stories.

Event will honor Sarah Josepha Hale award winner: Jill Lepore

Newport, N.H. – Historian Jill Lepore will accept the 2012 Sarah Josepha Hale Award at the Newport Opera House, 20 Main Street, on Saturday, November 10 at 8 p.m.

Richards Free Library is sponsoring the event, which is open the public free of charge.

Lepore has won the Anisfield-Wolf Award, the Bancroft Prize, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize, and the Berkshire Prize. She is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker.

Her books include:

  • The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History;
  • New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize;
  • The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity;
  • Blindspot, a novel written with Jane Kamensky, a Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; and
  • The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death, her latest book published in June 2012.

For more info about the Hale award, visit the Richards Free Library website.

A garden party for Richards Free Library July 21

The Richards Free Library in Newport, New Hampshire, is having a summer garden party on Saturday, July 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Friends of the Richards Free Library, will take place at 98 Elm Street in one of Newport’s most lovely gardens.

“Sip delightful wine, taste creative delicacies, and listen to beautiful music while surrounded by the sweet smells of a luscious summer garden!” the invitation reads. Also, if your wear an elegant hat, or one you creatively or humorously design, you may win a prize in the hat contest.

Music will be provided by Jet’M.

Tickets ($25 per person) can be purchased at the library or at the door. You must be 21 or older to attend. For more information call Marty Lovely, secretary of the Friends of the RFL, at 603-863-1387.

Matthew Guenette returns to Newport

“There is a splendid intercourse between the dream and the conscious life in Matthew Guenette’s poetry, a constant mental eventfulness that never rests, never surrenders to the old, dried up poeticisms or the stereotypes,” says Rodney Jones about Matthew Guenette‘s poetry in Sudden Anthem (Dream Horse Press, 2008).

Guenette returns to his hometown of Newport to the Richards Free Library on Tuesday, March 6 to read from his latest book of poetry, American Busboy. The program starts at 7 pm and is open to all free of charge.

Richards Free Library is located at 58 North Main Street in Newport, New Hampshire.

A 1990 graduate of Newport Middle High School, Guenette attended UNH where he studied with Hale Award winner Charles Simic.

He now lives in Wisconsin and teaches at Madison Area Technical College.

Sudden Anthem won the 2007 American Poetry Journal Book Award. His latest collection American Busboy was published by University of Akron Press in 2011.

With no apologies and with no mercy, but with an electrifying degree of lyric energy, Matthew Guenette brings the mindset of a stifled serving class to life in American Busboy. In this book’s world, “the restaurant /never asked you to /imagine imaginary /things like the brittle / bones of onion rings.” ….Using irreverent humor, clever lineation, formal invention, and alliteration worthy of Chaucer, American Busboy cuts to the front of the line for the attention of any lover of fresh, funny—yet movingly vulnerable—contemporary poetry. —Sandra Beasley, author of  I  Was the Jukebox

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