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Deadline Extended for Ann Geisel Award Nominations

The deadline to nominate someone for the Ann Geisel Award is now Wednesday, September 30.

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.

The Ann Geisel Award of Merit recognizes librarians, libraries and other individuals or organizations that have contributed to the New Hampshire Library Association (NHLA) or the New Hampshire library community. Past Ann Geisel Award of Merit recipients have improved all New Hampshire libraries through their efforts as library professionals by providing library services or advocating for library issues within and beyond the state level.

 Find more information on the Ann Geisel Award page.

2010 Spring Conference

NHLA’s Spring Conference will be held May 13-14, 2010 at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center in Bartlett, NH.  More information to come!The lovely location

Nominate someone for the Ann Geisel Award

It’s nominating time!

Please give consideration to the following.  Nominations are due September 1, 2009 and can be sent to:

NHLA Awards Committee

Attn: Amy Thurber
c/o Local Government Center
P.O. Box 617
Concord, NH 03302

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.

The Ann Geisel Award of Merit recognizes librarians, libraries and other individuals or organizations that have contributed to the New Hampshire Library Association (NHLA) or the New Hampshire library community. Past Ann Geisel Award of Merit recipients have improved all New Hampshire libraries through their efforts as library professionals by providing library services or advocating for library issues within and beyond the state level.

For more information on the award, the nomination process and past winners, check our website! 

ALA and Oprah want you to have these!

7 new, hardcover copies of The Story of Edward Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.  First response, first served.  Library and Van stop a must!

Amy Thurber


Canaan Town Libary

Report for Annual Business Meeting

Hope to see you all tomorrow in Nashua.  Thanks to Steve Butzel for all the hardwork putting this meeting together.

President’s Report

Amy Thurber

Between the Lions creators bring a new multi-media music project to Public Libraries!

Very nice speaking with you today. Included below is a general project description, short benefits summary, and how the program works. I really appreciate you forwarding the opportunity state-wide. We are looking forward to partnering with public libraries in New Hampshire so that ALL kids can get the benefits of the award-winning curriculum. Please preview a full ½ hour episode of LOMAX when you get the chance:

We typically form partnerships with associations or systems to implement the educational outreach for this project and provide group in-service trainings once a year. Any additional feedback on how we can move forward is greatly appreciated.

Warm Regards,

Gene B. Hale, III
Vice President/General Manager
Melody Hounds® Music Classes
P: 800-619-2206, F: 732-450-9250

Melody Hounds® is a new curriculum-based, multi-media music program designed to help ALL kids develop an artful sense of melody and rhythm.

We are currently running the curriculum/classes in over 150 local YMCAs Nationally, helping 10,000+ kids ages 2.5 to 7 years enhance their musical intelligence. The “Media” element of our project comes by way of a curriculum-based TV series called Lomax, The Hound of Music™ airing on Public Television this fall. The LOMAX TV series mirrors the Melody Hounds® music classes being run in a growing number of locations across the country.

Lomax: The Hound of Music is a new, highly participatory, 13-part children’s series premiering on PBS October 6th 2008. Our partners creating the series are the same people that brought you Between the Lions®. Please watch a full ½ hour episode of LOMAX when you get the chance:

Starting now, we are extending this new program opportunity to Public Libraries across the United States. 

Benefits Summary:

All children receiving Melody Hounds are getting numerous cross-curricular benefits in addition to enhancing their musical development. They are learning mathematical concepts through the beat exercises, language development through songs/rhymes, even learning our country’s history through songtales. The kids are also learning social skills, such as waiting their turn, reducing performance anxiety, and building self-esteem. Other concepts learned are critical thinking skills, expressive speech, fine and gross motor skills including awareness of body parts (Laban-wrote a complex code for body movement, we use this in our lessons), imagination, creativity, and cultural and moral values. All these wonderful aspects of the curriculum will be reinforced at home when LOMAX airs this fall. We also provide licensed sites with a parent letter to send home so parents can log-in to the parent section of and hopefully get involved at home!

How it works:

  1. Cost – $900 annual fee per library (this is our typical discounted association rate assuming all staff from each site can attend one group training and at least 4 libraries participate)
  2. Program Application MH recommends the program be delivered to 10-15 kids at a time, 1 to 5 times a week, for 20-25 minutes at a time.
  3. Training – we provide an annual in-service training for all your staff. You will receive a new group training each year and there is no limit to the number of staff each site sends (training is included in the annual fee). Training lasts approximately 3 hours and anyone trained can effectively teach the program (i.e. you don’t have to be a professional singer or musician).
  4. 2009 MH Kit – each licensed site receives an MH kit (all teaching materials fit into a portable duffel bag provided by Melody Hounds), and a new one each year that will correspond with the TV Series. Everything needed to operate the program is included in the MH kit.
  5. Website – as part of the program, your Melody Hounds parents will have exclusive access via user name & password (per licensed site) to the parent section of our website where they will find words from the songs/rhymes done in class and at-home activities.

More reports from the June NHLA Executive Board Meeting

NHLA Report to the Executive Committee

Academics Section
June 17, 2008

The Academics Section is in the process of reorganizing, after an initial meeting held at UNH-Manchester in January, 2008, and a Brown Bag session held during the annual NHLA conference in
Concord in May, 2008.  There were approximately 20 people present at the May meeting, resulting in a commitment to reactivate the group. 

The group elected Catherine Ryan from New England College  (, and Betsy (Elizabeth) Holmes from Saint Anselm College ( as co-chairs, with Sondra VanderPloeg from Colby-Sawyer as chair-elect (

The new officers will be meeting on Thursday, June 19, to tabulate the results of a survey taken during the May meeting; review the bylaws of the Academics Section; create a Yahoo Group for the section (and/or develop an email list); plan for a section social event to take place in September or October; and discuss a possible project for the section to take on for NHLA (developing an NHLA archive, perhaps). 

Additionally, Catherine and Betsy will determine who will represent the section at Executive and Conference committees.  Each committee will be advised who will represent Academics once this has been established.

We are looking forward to getting the Academics Section more involved in NHLA, and welcome any suggestions that members can provide.
Respectfully submitted:

Elizabeth L. Holmes
Collection and User Services Librarian
Geisel Library
Saint Anselm College
Manchester, NH  03102

Executive Board Reports, June 2008

NHLA Executive Board Reports

June 17th, 2008



Thanks to the Conference Committee for all their hard work planning and running the Spring Conference, you should be proud of what you accomplished.

Becky Clerkin, Rob Sargent and myself continue to work on our “Going Paperless” announcement which will include a postcard mailing, announcements on the blog and NHAIS list, and hopefully visits to the COOPs.  These announcements will include instructions on how to get to the blog and how to sign up for the email updates and feeds.

Past President

Vice President


DATE: Monday, June 09, 2008

MEMO TO: NHLA Executive Board

FROM: Carl Heidenblad

Phone: (603) 432-7154 FAX: (603) 537-0097


I am attaching:

Balance sheet for 5-31-08

Balance Sheet 5-31-08         Bank Statement 5-31-08

SAVINGS                             Savings

READS 3565.26                     READS 3565.26

URBANS 2715.75                  URBANS 2715.75

CHILIS 37523.22                   CHILIS 37523.22

NHLA (2884) 142458.06       NHLA (2884) 142458.06

Checking                              Checking

CHECKING                           Checking

(1524) 176.64*                        (1524) 1663.95

Total 186,438.93                   187,926.24

* Reconciles with the bank statement. There were $1487.31 in checks that had not cleared as of 5-31-08, most of which were conference expenses.

Respectfully submitted,

Carl Heidenblad

     4:15 PMNew Hampshire Library Association
     06/11/08Balance Sheet
     Cash BasisAs of May 31, 2008

       Current Assets
            1110 · Chkng- 1524
              1120 · Unrestricted
                 1122 · Operating                               
                 1126 · CHILIS                                   
                 1128 · Urban                                    
              Total 1120 · Unrestricted                               


            Total 1110 · Chkng- 1524                                 


            1200 · Svngs -2884
              1210 · Unrestricted OPERATING NHLA                     
              1220 · Restricted
                 1222 · WINCHELL                               
                 1224 · NORRIS                                 
                 1226 · MACDONALD                       &nbs

                 1228 · Legislative Public Relations           
                 1229 · GEISEL                                     
              Total 1220 · Restricted                               


              1200 · Svngs -2884 – Other                             
            Total 1200 · Svngs -2884                                 


            1250 · Svngs-READ-9668
              1255 · Unrestricted READS                               
            Total 1250 · Svngs-READ-9668                             


            1300 · Svngs-URBN-1649
              1310 · Unrestricted URBAN                                
            Total 1300 · Svngs-URBN-1649                             


            1410 · Svngs-CHIL-6937
              1415 · Unrestricted CHILIS                             
            Total 1410 · Svngs-CHIL-6937                             


          Total Checking/Savings                                     


          Other Current Assets
            1500 · Loan Receivable                                    
          Total Other Current Assets                                 

       Total Current Assets                                           


     TOTAL ASSETS                                                      


3120 · Restricted Net Assets                               
          3900 · Net Assets                                           
          3940 · Unrestricted Net Assets                             
          Net Income                                                 
       Total Equity                                                   


     TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY                                       



ALA Representative

The 2008 Annual Conference will be held in Anaheim, CA, from June 26–July 2, 2008.

NELA Representative

NELA has accepted the resignation of Peter Blaisdell as Executive Secretary and Mary Ann Rupert expressed interest in assuming his duties and growing her position as Conference Manager into Executive Manager for NELA. The Executive Board feels that it has to put out an RFP for such a position to maintain institutional transparency but has asked Mary Ann to serve as interim Executive Manager through December, 2008.

The NELA membership chair is forming a committee to activate a mentoring program throughout the states and to investigate $10 rewards for recruiting new members.

NELLS will be held at Rolling Ridge Conference Center in North Andover from July 28th through August 1st.

The NELA conference committee has a list of 40 programs that will be offered in Manchester at its annual conference Taking Charge of Change at the Radisson Hotel October 19th through 21st. I heard from Mary Ann Rupert that the NELA Games will be some sort of “Trivial Pursuit”.
Next NELA meeting is scheduled for July 18th, 2008.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Haskell






NHLA Spring Conference– READS had a presence this year at the NHLA Spring Conference. A table in the registration area displayed READS-to-Go materials, posters advertising READS activities and READS pads and pens. A raffle open to anyone who suggested new titles for READS-to-Go offered a book as the prize. Three sessions on the program were arranged by READS. Diane Arrato-Gavrish organized and moderated a panel, “Adults Read During the Summer, Too!”. “Verbal Judo” presented by Weare Deputy Chief Bill Quigley explained how taking sides with the patron and other conflict reducing techniques can bring better service results and avoid no-win confrontations. A panel consisting of Portsmouth Library Director Mary Ann List, Audubon Society of NH President Richard Minard, Jr., and NH DES Commissioner Tom Burack discussed “High Performance Buildings: Why Go Green?” The latter workshop had little discussion time, but the audience unanimously wanted a networked discussion to go on around the year as various libraries plan for growth. This is a topic READS will look at and possibly facilitate discussion.

READS-to-Go under the chairmanship of Diane Mayr has gone a long way already. New kits are being added and as they are cataloged, updates to the website are making titles available to reading groups. Steve Butzel has been of invaluable assistance in creating and updating the READS-to-Go website. He is working with the committee to finalize some of the work he began. From there, Jon Kinneman of Nichols Library will take over more routine responsibilities for this and the READS page.

READS Nominating Committee is actively seeking candidates. This year we are looking for the next treasurer, and a vice-president/president-elect. There will be a vacancy on the Membership Committee, which may already be filled. It is our hope to recruit someone representing the state’s smaller libraries, which READS would like to include in more activities.

READS Award of Excellence postcards are in print, and will soon be sent out to N.H. libraries. They are reminders that we may nominate someone who has shown outstanding professional qualities in adult services to receive an award at the October 24 fall meeting. Nominations should be submitted by August 1.

A READS handbook is about half complete. The Executive Board has gone over a handbook started by Past President Sarah Leonardi, enlarging job descriptions and updating as necessary. All executive positions and committees will be described in the handbook, which will be posted on the website. Again, we hope to reach out to libraries that haven’t been active, in hopes that greater participation will give a voice to their needs and strengths.

 The READS Program Committee meets regularly and is in the midst of planning “What’s a Librarian to Do: How Best to Serve Your Disabled Population.” This day of discussions [Oct. 24] will be highlighted by keynote speaker Carol Nedau from The Governor’s Commission on Disabilities. Brochures will go out the first week in September.


The Urbans group met in April to discuss the NHLA programs that they were presenting and sharing ideas from the programs they attended at PLA.






Continuing Education

Intellectual Freedom


Tracey is working on strategies to increase membership.


The Scholarship Committee has awarded a $1000 Rosalie Norris Scholarship to Lisa Richards of Bow. Lisa is currently a Nutrition Consultant for the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Services, Bureau of Prevention Services. Lisa is attending University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. After completing the program she hopes to work in an academic or medical library.

The next deadline for scholarship and loan applications is September 1, 2008

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Leonardi

Ways and Means


Center for the Book


NH State Library

NH State Library Advisory Council

Trustee Association

CLiF Foundation Conference Announcement

Duncan McDougall and the Children’s Literacy Foundation are excited to announce their up-coming conference for small libraries entitled: Turning Your Library into a Community Center.  This conference will be taking place September 19th in White River Junction, VT. For more information about this great organization, visit

Duncan also apologizes to the person he spoke with at the NHLA Spring Library Conference who volunteered to sit on a panel at this conference.  Please forgive him his forgetfulness and contact him at 802-244-0944 or

And Thursday’s raffle winner is . . .

Hello Conference Attendees,

One you of is waiting on a beautiful raffle basket.  If you are the holder of raffle ticket number 4374879 — you are a winner!

Please email to make arrangements for van delivery, and congratulations!

Amy Thurber
President, NHLA