READS-To-Go and KitKeeper – Second Phase

We are now engaging in the second phase of our KitKeeper site configuration process and we need your assistance.

Please visit the READS-To-Go blog for information on logging into your library’s KitKeeper account and checking the information we have listed for you.

Our goal is to launch the site by November 1, 2016!

Thanks for your help!

Teen Planning Presentation

teensreadHere is the Power Point Presentation that I put together to share at the Conference and then didn’t. It includes pictures of my teens at different events.  The last picture is of the group who attended our final Pizza party this past summer. Then I included the information on where to look for Youth Volunteer information.

I do want to mention that my Teens really love the Werewolves game, that Glenn Given from “Games by Play Date” first taught them.  They ask to play it almost every time we get together.

Teen Planning

And if you wish to read my notes – Teen Planning Presentation


RTG KitKeeper Phase 2

Dear NH Librarians,

Thank you for your interest in and support for the READS-TO-GO KitKeeper service.

We are now engaging in the second phase of our KitKeeper site configuration process and we need your assistance.

Please visit the RTG site for more information and instructions. Our goal is to launch the service by November 1, 2016, so please help us by complying with our request for information by Friday, October 21. With your help we can remain on target to launch the service this fall!

For questions about RTG KitKeeper, please contact

READS Award of Excellence

READS Award of Excellence 2016                 

People often think that librarians read all day. Perhaps in a perfect world! The truth is, we do a lot more. I believe all librarians are heroes: every librarian is a hero to someone, whether a harried parent, a student with a project due tomorrow, or a job seeker. Librarians serve the public in many ways.

So what makes these nominees special?  They all go above and beyond, in small ways and large, for individuals, for communities, and for the wider world. Our friends and colleagues are nominated for sharing more of themselves, for doing always a little bit more for each person, for their libraries, and for this splendid profession we all love.

This year’s nominated librarians:

  • Taught guitar and tie-dying; Promoted library services
  • Demonstrated egg decorating; Engaged patrons in lifelong learning
  • Offered crafting classes; Wrote grants, edited newsletters
  • Organized scam-awareness and foot clinics for seniors
  • Trekked through blizzards to conduct book discussions – literally!
  • Developed delivery programs for the homebound
  • Created programs to connect tech-savvy teens and tech-support seekers
  • Initiated services that directly improved lives, and shared that knowledge
  • Connected with and improved ever-widening circles of lives with energy, creativity and generous spirits

These are just a few of the actual accomplishments of our 5 Award nominees for 2016. Please join me in congratulating these outstanding achievers:

  • Schuyler Selden Kingston Community Library,  Kingston
  • Carolyn Crocker Lebanon Public Libraries,  Lebanon
  • Nancy Norwalk Philip Read Memorial Library,   Plainfield
  • Karen Frey                       Nesmith Library,   Windham
  • Karen Ryan                     Wiggin Memorial Library,   Stratham

I’d like to thank all the people who took the time to write these thoughtful and very impressive letters to nominate such talented and dedicated librarians.

Our winner this year was selected for outstanding contributions to the advancement of library services. In addition to many regular and “Superhero” supervisory duties, this individual has created and managed programs that benefit seniors, homebound patrons, and teen patrons, and succeeded in connecting teens who can share their technical expertise with seniors in need of tech assistance. The winner also established and promoted a “Books on the Run” program to provide services to the homebound, and often shares that knowledge and experience with library peers, resulting in improved services not only in the local community but also in the wider library community.

Hats off to our 2016 READS Award of Excellence winner:

Karen Frey from Nesmith Library in Windham.  Congratulations, Karen!

2016: READS acting Past President, Myra Emmons (right) presents the READS Award of Excellence to recipient, Karen Frey (left), Circulation Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator at the Nesmith Library. Karen accepted her award at the READS Fall Conference which took place at the Hooksett Public Library.

Save the Date: ACRL-NEC Annual Conference ~ May 12, 2017


The Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter (ACRL/NEC ) invites you to attend the 2017 Annual Conference, Reframing Librarianship in the 21st Century, being held Friday, May 12, 2017 at the University of Vermont Conference Center in Burlington, VT.

It is an era of reinvention for college and research libraries. Whether we work in cataloging and metadata, scholarly communication, archives, public services, instruction, or another area of librarianship, we have all heard a rhetoric of crisis, transformation, and rapid change applied to our work. The challenges we face have provided an opportunity to refocus on the foundations of our profession: our purpose and our areas of expertise. In reflecting on and redefining our work and ourselves, we are reframing librarianship for the 21st Century.
Link to website:

Passive/Active Ideas for Teens

teen-room-picmonkey-2014Katie Spofford of the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford has sent along the ideas she shared at the Fall conference.  So if you were unable to attend or just want to jog your memory, click below for all the details.

Active & Passive Programming Ideas

NELA Conference Early Bird Registration — Special Invite

amy-einsteinRegister by September 16th to be eligible for EARLY BIRD PRICING & to attend a special breakout session with Keynote Speaker Amy Eisenstein – “How to Start or Grow Your individual Giving Program” from 11:00am – 12:00pm on Sunday, October 16th!  Pre-registration is REQUIRED for this sessions.

This session is designed for executive directors and development staff who want to raise significantly more money for their organizations by making the leap into individual/major gift fundraising, but haven’t had the courage or know-how to get started.

Complete Program Schedule Available*

Decide which days of conference you will be attending by viewing our preliminary program schedule.

Hotel Information
To ensure a hotel reservation, make sure to book early!  Visit our personalized hotel website to book your room today!  Or view hotel information at a glance on our conference website.  You can also call and ask for the NELA conference group rate, 978-777-2500.

Please note that the hotel’s indoor water park Coco Key will be CLOSED on Monday AND Tuesday.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

*Schedule and speakers are subject to change.


Mary Danko, 2016 Conference Chair
Megan Bishop, NELA Events & Communications Coordinator




Derry Public Library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Class of 2016

The Derry Public Library recently held its first graduation ceremony for children who completed the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program by the end of August 2016. Considering the program launched in October, finishing in this short amount of time is quite the feat! Eight children finished within less than a year and the Children’s Department wanted to celebrate this special achievement with the children and their families. We plan to have a yearly celebration for all of the children who finish prior to the end of August, so that the graduation ceremony coincides with the start of the school year. That way, children who are beginning Kindergarten can receive their certificate prior to (or at least quite near) their first day!

With such a small group this year, we decided to have a short ceremony where each child was presented with an achievement certificate, a small literacy-related gift, a coupon for a free ice cream cone, and a sense of pride in their reading future. We designed a set of alphabet cards that we printed on cardstock and laminated. Each child was given a set of these, some Play-Doh, and a card with instructions on how to use the cards with Play-Doh to encourage playing with letters. Children can roll the Play-Doh into logs and then trace the letters to create words, giving a nice tactile experience with the alphabet! We also laminated each child’s die cut crayon that was used to mark their progress on our Milestone Wall. After removing their crayons, we made a “Class of 2016” sign with all of their names on to hang under the 1000 Milestone Marker. The families were very thankful for our efforts!


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Flume Voting Form

The online voting form for the Flume is now on the Flume page. Just click on Book Awards and you will find it.

READS-To-Go and KitKeeper

READS is very excited to announce a new service designed to facilitate our popular READS-To-Go book club kit lending service. The new service is called KitKeeper and it is a product of Plymouth Rocket, the well-known Massachusetts online calendar vendor.

KitKeeper will allow NH Librarians to view kit availability, place kit requests, and manage the tracking of kits online. The easy-to-use service will improve communication and cooperation by libraries to create a seamless lending experience.

For more information visit READS-To-Go’s blog.