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Flume/Isinglass Nominees Needed!

From Katherine Bollenbach, the Isinglass Chair:

I’ve gotten some displays for the Flume/Isinglass awards up in both my libraries (Belmont and Salisbury) and am sending pictures along in hopes of inspiring more displays! They’re simple but they’re working. I’m also attaching the simple poster I used – in Word format, so it’s editable if you’re only working with one of the awards. If you have a display, please send me pictures!

We also need more nominations – there’s only 4 up on the wiki at the moment, and I’ve already read 3 of them. As a reminder the criteria are:

Titles must be nominated by teens in grades 7-12, can be fiction or nonfiction books, with appeal to this age group. They must have a publication date within the last two years (no older than 2016). If the book is part of a series, it must be able to stand alone, meaning a reader doesn’t have to read the other books in the series to understand what’s going on. Forms and brochures available on the Flume and Isinglass websites: and Flume brochures are here:

Teen Awards (.pdf)

Flume/Isinglass Promotion Ideas

Do you have an amazing promotion idea for the Flume/Isinglass Awards? Something that really gets the teens reading?


Click on the Programming link to share.  

YALS Fall Conference 2017

The conference will be held at the Local Government Center in Concord on September 28th.
The deadline to register is Sept 18th
YALS Members: $45
Non-Members: $55

Summer Reading Program Ideas?

Do you have something really awesome planned for your summer reading program?

Do you have a tried and true program that always brings out the teens?

PLEASE share!

Click on Programming Ideas to submit a program idea.


Check out this free Driver’s Education program

Teens and adults can access practice tests through this program.  You can add this free program to your library website.

They are currently running an incentive award program for new library partners: five of them will each  receive $500. Have you tried this program? If not, this may be a good time to check them out: (The incentive award program ends 31 August 2017.)

Here is another site to add for your patrons.

DMV Permit tests

Job Website for Teens

A college professor has created a resource that would be very helpful for teenagers who visit the library, or a library website. It’s focused specifically on helping teenagers find jobs and it’s 100% free to use. It has very useful information including work permit information, labor laws, jobs for teens by city/state, non-traditional job ideas, and more.

You can find it here: JobsForTeensHQ.

Flume/Isinglass meeting

On April 19 at 3:30 pm, the Flume/Isinglass committee will meet at the Hooksett Public Library.  The committee will be choosing the nominees for the 2018 lists.  Anyone interested in taking part is welcome to attend.  The committee would love to have more people involved.  If you are unable to attend, you can still help by sharing your thoughts of the current nominations on the Flume wiki.

Flume and Isinglass Nominations

We are collecting nominations for the Flume and the Isinglass Awards. Please encourage teens to submit nominations of recently published fiction or nonfiction that appeals to readers in grades 7-12.

Nominations are accepted online at the Flume/Isinglass page at The award committee is planning to select the two lists this spring, which will be voted on in April 2018. The vote for the 2017 Isinglass will take place in April. No Flume Award will be given in 2017, but teens should submit nominations of their favorite new titles at any time.

Please contact Ann Hoey with your questions.

YALS meeting

Our next YALS meeting is Thursday, May 25th at the Local Government Center, 25 Triangle Dr.,  Concord.  The meeting is scheduled from 10:00-12:00.    Any YALS member is invited and encouraged to come.

In addition to the officers’ reports, we will be discussing the Fall Conference, the Flume and Isinglass book awards, new YA books and programming ideas.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Teen Planning Presentation

teensreadHere is the Power Point Presentation that I put together to share at the Conference and then didn’t. It includes pictures of my teens at different events.  The last picture is of the group who attended our final Pizza party this past summer. Then I included the information on where to look for Youth Volunteer information.

I do want to mention that my Teens really love the Werewolves game, that Glenn Given from “Games by Play Date” first taught them.  They ask to play it almost every time we get together.

Teen Planning

And if you wish to read my notes – Teen Planning Presentation