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Bobbi Slossar receives 2012 Geisel Award

We are happy to announce that we have a Geisel Award winner this year! None of you will be surprised to hear the name of this most worthy recipient, Bobbi Slossar of the NH State Library. Many of us also know her as Wonder Woman. She graciously accepted the award at the NHLA Fall Conference and Business Meeting.

Bobbi Slossar - Geisel Award 2012

One excerpted paragraph from her many supporters’ statements sums up Bobbi’s qualifications for the Anne Geisel Award:

“Bobbi is so much more than the Downloadable Books program administrator for the consortium. Through many avenues she has impacted every library in the state. She freely shares her tech knowledge and is tenacious about getting answers despite stumbling blocks. Besides being patient and kind, Bobbi also keeps things simple and always goes above and beyond, sharing her passion for technology with everyone she meets. Bobbi will share her views but then really listen to the views of others as well. Her skills and knowledge have greatly contributed to better libraries throughout New Hampshire, and I know she is very valued not just at the State Library and through the sections of NHLA, but also in her own town. Her passion is our gain, and we’re much better for having Bobbi as our colleague.”

Congratulations, Bobbi! We are thrilled to give you this honor.

More information about the Ann Geisel Award of Merit

CHILIS Fall 2012 Conference Documents

If you are coming to the CHILIS Fall Conference on Thursday, October 18th, please take a few minutes to read the following documents in preparation for our business meeting:

Thank you! We’ll see you on Thursday!

NHLA Fall Conference – Nov. 8, 2012

The NHLA Fall Conference and Business Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Gunstock Mountain Resort.  Here’s what you have to look forward to:


Robert E. Dunn Jr., New Hampshire Library Association lobbyist, shareholder, Devine, Millimet & Branch, Professional Association

Did you know that NHLA has had a lobbyist for nearly twenty years? ROBERT E. DUNN is the organization’s current lobbyist. He will be discussing the present legislative environment and NHLA’s work in Concord. Find out exactly what our lobbyist does and learn how NHLA impacts legislative issues.

Bob Dunn teaches Lobbying and the Legislative Process as an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and is the chair of Devine Millimet’s Legislative and Governmental Affairs Practice Group. Bob’s practice is focused primarily on representing clients before the New Hampshire legislature, executive branch departments, and administrative bodies such as the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission. Bob represents clients in a wide variety of areas, including health care, religious institutions, energy, public safety, and telecommunications.


Mary S. Searles, NH Law Library
Kathy Fletcher, UNH School of Law

Ever had a distraught person standing in front of you looking for legal information NOW? What about the tenant or landlord who wants to know all about evictions? Two New Hampshire law librarians offer tips and techniques for handling those tricky legal reference questions. Focus will be on handling difficult questions and being aware of the potential pitfalls involved when providing information to patrons.

MARY S. SEARLES is the director of The John W. King New Hampshire Law Library, the state’s only public law library. Prior to becoming a librarian, she was coordinator of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral, Reduced Fee and domestic violence programs as well as the Bar’s public information pamphlets and Pro Se Divorce Book.

KATHY FLETCHER has been a law librarian for almost twenty years. She joined the University of New Hampshire School Law in 2004 and prior to that worked at the New Hampshire Law Library. She also was a law librarian in Wiggin & Nourie, PA, in Manchester, one of the state’s oldest and largest law firms.


Author CAROL LEE ANDERSON tells the little-known story of the development of winter sports and skiing in the Lakes Region, from before the construction of Gunstock through present-day efforts to preserve the resort’s rich history. Included will be stories of skiing greats Torger Tokle and Penny Pitou as well as coaches Gary Allen and Bill Trudgeon. Anderson’s book won the 2011 Skade Award from the International Skiing History Association. She is currently writing a book about the life of cartoonist and Archie creator, Bob Montana, and his life in the Lakes Region.

More information—

The registration deadline is Friday, October 25, 2012. Download the registration form and send it along if you would like to join us.

The YALS, CHILIS, and READS fall conferences are all coming up soon! More information can be found under the “Conferences” tab at the top of the page.

2012 Summer Reading Photos from New Hampshire Libraries

Libraries across the state had a great time with the “Dream Big, Read!” summer reading program. Check out these photos that show off the decorations and events that made our 2012 programs fabulous!

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iOS user? No problem – the photos are available in a flickr set.


There was a particular interest in seeing the dreamcatcher photos—those are collected here.

Submissions are still welcome! Please send them to

CHILIS Fall Conference – Thursday, October 18, 2012

The CHILIS Fall Conference will take place on Thursday, October 18 at the Best Western Hotel in Hampton, NH. Hosted by Lorreen Keating of the North Hampton Public Library, the conference will offer diverse topics of interest to children’s librarians:

  • Dealing with Patrons with Cognitive and Behavioral Challenges – Susan Mead, Community Educator & Outreach Director of Greater Nashua Mental Health Center; Ken Jue, retired CEO of Monadnock Family Services and Chairman of Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire
  • Isinglass Book Talks with Isinglass Committee
  • Luncheon Speaker/Book Signing – Steve Cotler, author of Great Stone Face nominee Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything
  • Early Literacy Panel – Patty Falconer, Hampstead Public Library, Susan Laun, Portsmouth Public Library, Keene Public Library

Download the registration form for more information.

The Conference registration deadline is October 2, and registrations should be sent to Patty Falconer at the Hampstead Public Library.

Dream Big – Read: SRP Song 2012

At the spring conference, Yvette Couser from Merrimack Public Library, along with her husband Jonathan, performed a song they had written for the 2012 summer reading program theme, “Dream Big – Read!”  They were also kind enough to provide recordings of the song for us to use in our summer reading programs!

The songs are in MP3 format.  There is an instrumental version, so you can swap out the program and place names with your own events and local hot spots.  A lyrics sheet with chords is also included.  Enjoy!

Librarian of the Year & Spring Conference Photos

The CHILIS Librarian of the Year award is presented annually at our spring conference to honor a current youth services librarian who has contributed significantly to enriching library services to youth in New Hampshire.  The 2012 award went to Jan Streelman of the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham.

Jan Streelman - CHILIS Librarian of the Year 2012

In her award presentation, President Kathy Tracy said—

The list of her accomplishments is long and includes countless dynamic programs, both in the library and in the larger community….  A standout mention by both nominators is her make a Make-a-Difference Club, which offers children the opportunity to engage in service projects for the community.  Clearly her dedication to children must give her boundless energy!  She has excelled in every area of librarianship…

Her director states, “This library would be missing a piece of its heart without Miss Jan and the community would be much poorer.”  In her own nomination letter, her assistant director emphasizes how very special Miss Jan is to everyone—colleagues, parents, teachers, community members, and most of all the children.  She states, “I cannot imagine a better friend and colleague than Miss Jan.”

Congratulations, Jan!

Here are a few more photos from the spring conference:

Vyette and Jonathan at the 2012 Spring Conference
Merrimack Children’s Librarian Yvette Couser and her husband Jonathan get ready to rock out to their summer reading song.

Ann at the 2012 Spring Conference
NH State Youth Services Coordinator Ann Hoey addresses the audience.

Gail and Pam at the 2012 Spring Conference
CHILIS board members Gail Drucker and Pam Stauffacher sell raffle tickets.

Summer Reading Inspiration

Are you ready to “Dream Big – Read!” this summer?  Maybe you were done planning your program February. Maybe you’re mostly done, but have a few more details to iron out.  If you’re like me, you make the big plans ahead of time, and work out the details a bit more last minute.  Wherever you are in your plans, you may want to take a look at the links below.  Maybe you’ll find an alternative to that mediocre book in your owl storytime, or a craft to replace one you may not have been thrilled with.  Who knows what you’ll find?


Beyond the manual, the Cooperative Summer Library Program (CSLP) website is the place to go for additional resources, graphics, fonts, and more. You do have to register to access all of the resources, but registration is free to anyone working in a NH public library.

[ edit: See Ann’s comment for information about the CSLP forums. ]

Books— has a decent list of books that go with the 2012 theme.  (Guess what?  You can find it on the CSLP website!)  Also, Ann Hoey had some suggestions on her Youth Services blog a few months back.

Flannel boards—

If you like to use flannel/felt stories and activities in your storytimes, there is no better resource than Flannel Friday.  Every Friday, a growing number of children’s librarian bloggers share their latest project, or an old favorite.  In March, they held a Dream Big – Read! Flannel Friday Extravaganza with bunches of night-themed flannel stories, as well as other programming ideas.

Crafts, decorations, and program ideas—

If you’re not using Pinterest as a programming tool, you are missing out.  Haven’t heard of it?  It’s a way to visually bookmark things you find on the web, but it adds a social aspect—you can view other people’s pins, follow people you like, and even “re-pin” things that others have posted.  Pinterest is a favorite of many children’s librarians across the internet, and it’s bursting with summer reading ideas.  I re-pinned some of my favorites as an example, but to each her own—I’m sure you will find ideas that I may have passed over.  Searching for “summer reading 2012” or “dream big read” or “cslp” will show you just how much is out there.

And for those of you who finished planning in February, you’ll be happy to know that there are people who are already getting started on their 2013 “Dig into Reading” plans!  Go crazy and get a jump on 2013!

What other resources have you used for your summer reading plans?  Tell us in the comments!

Library Use Value Calculator – Updated for 2012

The NHLA Library Use Value Calculator shows, on average, how much an individual or family would need to pay out-of-pocket if they purchased their books, movies, and other library services in stores.  This nifty tool has been kicking around our website for years, but thanks to a recent suggestion, it has now been updated to include ebooks.  The average taxpayer contribution figure has also been updated, based on the most recent NH Public Library Annual Report.  We hope you find this tool useful.  You can easily access it under the “Resources” tab in the top navigation bar.

Scenes from the Fall Conference

A few photos from the 2011 CHILIS fall conference:

Lita Judge at the CHILIS fall conference
Lita Judge

Lita Judge at the CHILIS fall conference
Lita Judge

Allison Aldrich and Hunt Smith at the CHILIS fall conference
Allison Aldrich and Hunt Smith

Avi at the CHILIS fall conference

Avi at the CHILIS fall conference

The photos were taken by Gail Zachariah (more here). Many thanks to Gail and the Keene Public Library for hosting the fall conference.