Posts by: Ann Hoey

CHILIS Spring Conference 2015 Committee Reports

Please read  CHILIS Committee Reports before the CHILIS Spring Conference Business meeting on March 5.

CHILIS On-the-Move Book Club Kits

Do you have multiple copies of a children’s book that a book discussion group would welcome? Are you willing to lend this set of books to another public library in NH?  If you answered yes to these two questions, please consider adding this book to the CHILIS On-the-Move Book Club holdings in NHU-PAC. You just need to complete a survey, and your information about the title will be entered into the statewide catalog. To enter the book titles, please visit the CHILIS On-the-Move Book Club Kit page, also located under the Resources tab above.

If you want to borrow a kit, you can search for one using NHU-PAC. Kits are sent via the van just like any ILL item.

2014 NH Adult Summer Reading Program Evaluation

If your library offered a summer reading program for adults this summer, please complete the online evaluation form once the program is over. We use the information and statistics provided for reporting to the federal government as well as submitting grant applications. Please complete the evaluation whether or not you used the CSLP program–thanks!

Bedtime Math

Bedtime Math, a nonprofit organization whose mission is “To help kids learn to love math so they can become capable adults is partnering with CSLP this summer. In addition to helping kids avoid the summer slide in reading, libraries are being encouraged to help families keep their children’s math skills from diminishing as well.

Bedtime Math did an excellent presentation at the annual CSLP meeting that Kristin Readel and I recently attended in Biloxi.  One statement that stuck with me was this: “Children’s math skills at kindergarten entry are a better predictor of school success than reading skills or attention span.”  As librarians, we should be helping families develop these math skills along with reading skills.

Even if you don’t purchase the “Summer of Numbers” chart designed for this year’s summer reading program (available on the CSLP website), you can print out some free promotional materials on the Bedtime Math site that let parents know about Bedtime Math’s nightly math problems (which require reading as well!)

Here is a link to the “Summer of Numbers” program that was designed for this year’s Fizz, Boom, Read program.  And here’s a link to a poster for parents.

For more information, visit the Bedtime Math website.

Kids, Books and the Arts 2014

The 2014 Kids, Books and the Arts Roster includes 12 presenters who will do programs for NH libraries during the “Fizz Boom Read!” summer reading program. Libraries can apply for grants to bring these presenters to their communities this summer by completing an application by Friday, March 28 at 4 pm.  For information about the presenters and their programs as well as the grant application, please visit the Kids, Books and the Arts page on the State Library website.

2014 Summer Reading Manuals

The manuals for the 2014 CSLP Summer Reading Program were distributed at the CHILIS Fall Conference.  Librarians who have not received a set of manuals should contact Ann Hoey at

Adult Summer Reading Program Evaluation

If your library conducted a summer reading program for adults during the summer of 2013, please take a moment to complete the online evaluation.  Your feedback is important, and we make use of all of the statistics!

YALS Fall Conference

The YALS Fall Conference will take place on Thursday, September 27 at the Local Government Center in Concord.  The conference features a discussion of YA programming and teen advisory boards, a presentation about marketing, booktalks on the 2013 Flume Award nominees and luncheon speaker Sarah Smith.  Registration deadline is Monday, September 17.  For more information and to download the registration page, go to the YALS Conference page.

New section of Library Management workshop

Due to high demand for the Library Management workshop, NHLA has added another session of the class on Tuesday, November 29 at the Howe Library in Hanover.  The all-day workshop will be taught by Mary White and is $10 for NHLA members and $20 for nonmembers.  To register for this workshop, go to the following page and click on Reference:

NHLA/NHSL Fall Workshops

Seats are filling quickly for the following workshops, which are sponsored by NHLA and the state library.  If you have already registered for one of these workshops, please be sure to send your payment (made out to NH Library Association)  in order to secure your spot in the class.

  • Library Programming: All Ages–Thursday, September 22 at Pease Public Library, Plymouth from 10 am to 5pm . Instructor: Andrea Thorpe, Director of Richards Free Library
  • Library Management: Budgets, Personnel, Buildings, Governance–Tuesday, October 25 at Howe Library, Hanover from 10 am to 5 pm . Instructor: Mary White, Director of Howe Library
  • Collection Development: Nuts and Bolts–Wednesday, November 9 at the Local Government Center in Concord from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm . Instructor: Andrea Thorpe, Director of Richards Free Library

    These six credit hour workshops are offered at $10 for NHLA members and $20 for non-members. Registrations are limited to one person per library. If you wish to register, please visit the link below and click on Reference. You will be directed to a page that lists the classes. Click on the workshop (s) you wish to register for and on the following page, click on Sign up at the bottom of the page. Please complete the registration page. Be sure to hit “update” at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation email if you have successfully registered. Please send your check for the registration fee as soon as possible to Ann Hoey at the State Library. Your check should be made payable to NH Library Association.

    To register, go to this link:
    If you have any questions, please contact Ann Hoey.