Congratulations to our new CHILIS Board!

For the full Board, click on the image.

Executive Board (voting members)

President:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kristen Paradise, Rodgers Memorial Library
194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH 03051

Liz Gotauco, Merrimack Public Library
470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054

Immediate Past President:                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tara McKenzie, Conway Public Library
15 East Main St/PO Box 2100, Conway, NH 03818

Nicole Giroux, Derry Public Library64 East Broadway, Derry, NH  03038

Judith G. Russell, Converse Free Public Library
38 Union Street, Lyme, NH 03768

Carol Roberts Receives Geisel Award


RobertsTaggartOn Sunday evening, October 24, Carol Roberts of Wilton, NH received the New Hampshire Library Association’s Ann Geisel Award of Merit. Roberts is the former director of the Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library.

The Ann Geisel Award of Merit is given to an individual, group or organization that has made significant contributions to the New Hampshire library community. Past Ann Geisel Award of Merit recipients have improved all New Hampshire libraries by providing library services or advocating for library issues in NH and beyond.RobertsAward

During Roberts’s tenure at the Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library, the number of library cardholders doubled, and the number of materials circulated also nearly doubled. She oversaw a renovation project that helped bring 21st century technology to the building while still preserving its historic essence.

In 2012, Roberts came out of retirement to lead the Pelham Public Library as interim director, and went on to do the same at the Jaffrey Public Library in 2014. She was also the chair of the New Hampshire Library Association’s READS Programming Committee, which offers professional development to reference and adult service librarians. In letters nominating Carol Roberts for this award, colleagues described her as a mentor, “a dedicated, selfless professional”, “a remarkable and tireless library promoter and supporter”, and “a role model for service and dedication in our field.”

YALS Elections Absentee Ballot

We will be holding elections at our next meeting on November 19th , 9:30 am @ the LGC in Concord. If you are a YALS member and cannot make the meeting, please use the Absentee Ballot.  Click here to download.

YALS meeting

YALS meeting Thursday (August 27)!
The meeting will be held at the Local Government Center (LGC) in Concord.  As always, any member of YALS, or anyone interested in YALS, is welcome to attend. Refreshments at 9:30 am and the meeting starts at 10 am.

Station Eleven–A RTG Kit!

Station Eleven
We’re nearing 150 titles in our program. The latest is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Learn more here.

Another New Title!

euphoriaEuphoria by Lily King hosted by Amherst T. L. Click here for more information. –Diane

NHLA ALA Councilor’s Report from Annual in San Francisco

Here is a link to my NHLA ALA Councilor’s report from ALA Annual in San Francisco last month. Within the report are links to Council resolutions and Reports to Council. Please let me know if you have any questions about resolutions debated, the work of Council, or ALA in general. Council sessions never fail to be interesting, but with so many people passionate about libraries and library work in one room. one would expect nothing less!

Etta and Otto and Russell and James


Etta and Otto and Russell and James, by Emma Hooper, is now a READS-TO-GO kit! Learn more here.

NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

After months of planning by a committee of 10 NH librarians, the NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten project is ready to be launched! We have created a resource page that will help you begin or continue a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy program in your community. We are also taking orders for canvas bags that can be used as incentives for families participating in this project at your library. The deadline to order bags is September 23, 2015. Bags will be sent to libraries the end of October. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Hoey.

Nonfiction Kit!

We’ve added a nonfiction title to our kits–The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.