Conference follow-up: Comics and Graphic Novels

Hi everyone,

Very belatedly, here is the electronic copy (PDF) of the graphic novel booklist provided at the Spring Conference.

A couple of people asked if I could share the Power Point presentation I put together, to use for sharing with parents, trustees, anyone else who might benefit from knowing more about the power of graphic novels for readers.  If you wish to use it, don’t hesitate to email me and I’ll send it over.

Here are two resources I highly recommend (they are in the booklist, but here are direct links).

For your info, but more importantly for parents: “Raising a Reader” by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

For your info: David Serchay’s book A Librarian’s Guide to Graphic Novels for Children and ‘Tweens. This book goes far beyond collection development and gives a great history of comics and graphic novels, good research stats on why they’re beneficial to libraries and readers, and more.

Lastly, a couple of things I didn’t mention:

1. Circulating comic books:  We talked about the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel, but I didn’t ask if anyone is circulating comic books in addition to their graphic novel collection?  This past fall we had a great opportunity to add comics to the Children’s Room thanks to donations from our local business Merrymac Games and Comics.  As with any new collection, kids are still testing the waters.  But it’s been a very fun addition and well received.  Here is a photo of our books, as you can see, we keep them in their traditional “bag and board” packaging, partly to honor comic shops and partly to keep them from wilting (like our magazines).

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This is a photo from when we first debuted the collection – it’s grown quite large now!

2. Graphic Novel Book Clubs:  I’ll be debuting a book group dedicated to graphic novels, for grades 5-10, this summer.  If you’ve done something similar, please comment about it below!  I’ll keep you all updated on how it goes.

Good luck with your summer planning, and please comment with any thoughts or questions!

Best wishes,
Liz Gotauco, Merrimack Public Library

Nominations for Ann Geisel Award of Merit

Nominate! It’s time to recognize those colleagues who stand out from the crowd for their dedication, inspiration, innovation…

Please take a moment to submit a nomination for the Ann Geisel Award of Merit. Individuals, libraries, and organizations are all eligible for this award.

If you know a person (or library, or organization) who has made a significant contribution to library service, now’s the time to recognize that contribution! The award will be presented at the NHLA annual business meeting.

For details, please see: http://nhlibrarians.org/awards/geisel/

Deadline for nominations: June 30

Submit to:

Linda Taggart, NHLA Past President
linda.taggart@nashualibrary.org
c/o Nashua Public Library
2 Court St.
Nashua, NH 03060
(603) 589-4645

YALS Meeting on March 26

Come to the next YALS meeting on March 26 at the Local Government Center (LGC) in Concord (25 Triangle Park Drive) on Thursday, March 26.
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.

Voting for 2015 Flume Award

Teens are invited to vote for their favorite title on the 2015 Flume Award list. You can use the bookmarks on the Flume webpage as ballots or devise your own system of voting. There is an online reporting form for librarians to submit their vote tallies on the following page:
http://yals.nhlibrarians.org/book-awards/flume/
Please submit your vote tallies by May 1, 2015. The winner of this year’s Flume Award will be announced at the NHSLMA Conference in May.
Thanks for promoting this book award!

Ann Hoey
Youth Services Coordinator
NH State Library

2015 YALS Spring Conference

It’s almost time for the 2015 YALS Spring Conference!
Click here for more information and to register.

The conference will be held on
Thursday, May 07, 2015
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
at Plaistow Public Library

Registration ends on April 30th.

Great Stone Face Award Voting

Your local voting results should be sent to Sarah Hydorn at the Amherst Town Library by April 30, 2015.  The tally sheet is available through the drop down menu above (under Awards>Great Stone Face>2014-2015 Nominees>Voting Tally Sheet) or by clicking here.  (You may have to refresh the page to view the updated tally sheet, if you have previously viewed it.)

Voting ballots are also available through the same menu path as above.

The New Hampshire School Library Media Association invites members of CHILIS to attend an afternoon of children’s programs at the NHSLMA’s annual conference on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester from 1:15-4:30.
The afternoon will feature the Great Stone Face Tea and book talks by Chris Rose. Attendees will also be able to visit the exhibits, the Children’s Book Review and the bookstore.
Cost of registration is $35 for CHILIS members only. Number of registrants is limited, so send your registration form along with a check for $35 payable to NHSLMA to Ann Hoey at the State Library by April 30, 2015.

 

 

 

CHILIS Spring Conference handouts

Here are some handouts that were made available by presenters at the CHILIS Spring Conference.

SRP TASK LIST-’15 Handouts and prizes-2015 SummerReadingResearch2

Spring Conference 2015 Pictures

Pictures from the Spring Conference can be viewed here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kh4jw7l430zwu68/AACxBNClJT_oetcBPS8nc2Bpa?dl=0

 

New RTG Kits

Three new kit titles! Two fiction and one nonfiction and all highly discussable! As always, visit our site and Facebook page!

Fiction:

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. The host library is Somersworth Public Library, call Michelle Baker or Debora Longo at 692-4587.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. The host library is Dover Public Library, call 516-6050.

Nonfiction:

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson. This kit is hosted by Rochester Public Library, call Donna Hynes at 335-7550.

We have several other titles coming soon (they have sponsorship and are awaiting processing and cataloging), and, we are looking for a sponsor for Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan, a novel of the “unconventional” courtship and marriage of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny. Lots of good discussion with this title! If your library or group is interested, please contact me at dmayr@nesmithlibrary.org.

–Diane