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ALA book giveaway

NHLA has received copies of Oprah book club book A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.  The first 6 libraries to respond will get a copy delivered to them on the van.

Amy Thurber
President, NHLA

Conference Opportunity

Storytelling for Children Conference at Keene State College:  Why are Stories Powerful? Family Stories and Early Education

April 12, 2008

This conference has a focus for Early Childhood as well as one for the deaf community; interpreters will be signing.

Keynote:  Laura Simms

Laura will explore the power of narrative to heal and transform us all.  Telling her own inspiring family story about her son, Ishmael Beah (author of A Long Way Gone:  Memoirs of a Boy Soldier), Laura will help us understand the process of reciprocal listening and how it empowers our youth to strengthen their lives.

Also choice of 2 workshops  + storytelling session featuring the day’s speakers.  Reasonable price and student discount.


  • “Making Fairy Tales with Children:  Finding the Hidden Story” – Laura Simms
  • “Unseen Borders:  Stories in Sign and Voice” – K. R. Glickman & Tony Toledo
  • “Story Bridges:  Story, Community, and Cross-Cultural Communication” – Norah Dooley
  • “Bodystories:– Mime and Movement for Storytellers” – Motoko
  • “Signing Your Life Away!  Sharing Your Story the Deaf Way” – K. R. Glickman
  • “The Magic of Storytelling to Preschoolers” – John Porcino
  • Tony Toledo – Learning How to Tell a Story

$90 covers all of the day’s events / $45.00 for students.

Event website:

Contact:  (413)398-4484 or

ALA and Oprah want you to have these!

Hi everyone,

After asking the READS-TO-GO committee if they would like them, I have 7 brand new paperback copies of Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and 9 copies of Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.  Go now to your shelves and see if you need to replace your copies.  First come, first serve!  Email me at and I will send them on the van.

 Amy Thurber
President, NHLA

UPDATE (2/27/08, 12:15pm):  There are now 5 copies of LOVE and 6 copies of Pillars!  Keep those requests coming!

The IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

The second application for the Bookshelf will open March 1 and run through April 30.  AASLH are striving to contact qualified institutions so that they will not miss out on this opportunity.  If you are unfamiliar with the Bookshelf opportunity, please visit and the Institute for Museum and Library Service’s website,  Information has also been placed on the South Carolina Library Association website at about the who, what, and where of this program.

Educational opportunity for NHLA members

Members of the NHLA are cordially invited to a one-day conference, “Music Librarianship:  Just the Basics,” to be held at the Hyatt Regency Newport (1 Goat Island, Newport, RI) on Feb. 20, 2008 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  A glossy brochure can also be requested from me directly (see address below).

The Education Committee of the Music Library Association and the Music OCLC Users Group are very excited to have the “gurus” in our profession teaching the conference sessions, including Jay Weitz (Music Sound Recordings Cataloging and Video Cataloging); Jeanette Casey (Music Reference); Marci Cohen (Music Collection Development/Acquisitions); and Joseph Hafner (Client Services).  Please see complete bio information in the brochure.  Cost for the conference is $90 and the registration deadline is January 31, 2008.

I hope you will consider attending this workshop if you have an interest in music librarianship or have recently taken on new responsibilities in the area of music as part of your position.  Library School students are also welcome.

Questions can be directed to me, Holling Smith-Borne, at

Holling Smith-Borne
Director, Anne Potter Wilson Music Library
Blair School of Music
Vanderbilt University
2400 Blakemore Ave.
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 322-5227

Fall Business Meeting

Join us on Thursday, November 1 at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth, NH for the annual fall business meeting:  “The Modern Library: Service in the 21st Century.”  Programs include:

  • “Entice, Educate and Excel with Comics,” presented by the Center for Cartoon Studies,
  • a panel discussion titled “Weird, Wacky and Wise Ideas for Those Who’ve Offered It All,”
  • a break out session for small libraries titled “12 Ideas to Get People in the Door,” and
  • “Scriblio and Open Source Software for Libraries,” presented by Casey Bission of Plymouth State University.

You can find the registration form on the NHLA website under the Conferences tab.  Deadline for registration is October 22, 2007.

BRASS D&B Public Librarian Support Award

The Dun & Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award Committee is seeking nominees for this award to be presented at ALA 2008.  The $1,000 award will support attendance at the Annual Conference for a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the ALA Annual Conference.  For additional information, see the following:

Applications are to be made in writing to the chair of this standing BRASS committee, Nelly Somerman, by December 1, 2007.

Thank you for any assistance you can give to promote this award.

Nelly Somerman
Schaumburg Township District Library

READS-TO-GO Launch Party!

If book discussion groups are your bag, then you will want to learn more about READS-TO-GO!

Join us at the library conference for the best time you’ve had in years!  There’ll be music, there’ll be laughs, there’ll be surprises, there’ll be raffles, and there’ll be all the information you’ll need to fall in love with this great new program!  Librarians will be talking about this one for ages!  You’ll never forgive yourself if you miss it!


READS-TO-GO Meeting has been cancelled

Due to the weather, the READS-TO-GO meeting scheduled for Monday, April 16 at the Local Government Center, Concord has been cancelled.

READS-TO-GO is looking for donations

Hi All,

READS-TO-GO book club kits are coming soon to a library near you!  The READS-TO-GO Steering Committee is interested in your extra copies of Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  If you have extra copies you are willing to part with, please send them on the van to the Manchester City Library attn: Claudia Mayer, or Canaan Town Library attn: Amy Thurber.  Thanks in advance!

The title list of bags that will be available after the Spring Conference has hit twenty—a great big thank you to all libraries that have offered to host bags so far.  If your library would like to be a part of this new, exciting progam, email Amy at

Don’t forget to visit the READS-TO-GO Launch Party at the Spring Conference—you won’t want to miss this!