Posts by: Jenn Hosking

NHLA Conference 2017 Call for proposals

We’re looking for program proposals, and Ignite Session entries for NHLA’s 2017 Spring Conference! Submission deadline is September 30th!

Libraries are experiencing a sea change in operations and innovations as ships navigating the rough seas of information. “In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.” -Linton Weeks

We’re looking forward to gathering together again this coming Spring to learn from and network with our library friends and colleagues, so that we can continue to learn and grow from each other.

The conference will be held on May 4-5, 2017 at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, NH

 Thank you,
Pamela Johnson-Spurlock, 2017 Conference Co-Chair

 Proposal forms can be found at


Flume Readers Needed!

If you read YA/teen books, please consider becoming a part of the Flume wiki discussion. We have over 50 nominated titles for the 2014 Flume Award (and more, I hope, on the way), and we need readers for these books. Please visit and sign up to join the wiki. Once you are a member, you can add to the discussion of the nominated titles.  We are especially looking for readers and feedback for those titles without comments on the discussion pages, but if you want to add to an active discussion page, we welcome those comments, too.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your support of the Flume Award!


Summer’s coming…

Now that 2013 is here, I’m sure you are all thinking about this year’s summer reading program.  If you would like to get some tips to help you plan your  “Beneath the Surface” teen summer reading program, you can register for an hour-long webinar on the CSLP website.

You must be logged into CSLP as a member before accessing the webinar information and registration.  If you are not yet a member, it’s easy to sign up.  Go to  and check out the summer reading webinars.


Flume Committee Needs You!

The Flume Committee is looking for people to read and comment on the nominated titles for the 2014 Flume Award.  Nominations are coming in (until January 25, 2013) and we need input from the library community so that we can choose 10 titles for the nomination list this spring.

If you are willing to read YA books and comment on them, please join the Flume wiki at  Once you have become a wiki member (it’s easy to sign up), you can add your comments to the discussion pages.  We only have a few nominated titles so far, but it’s not too early to start reading and discussing the books.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks for your support of the Flume Award.

2014 Flume Award Nominations Wanted

The Flume Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Flume Award.  We welcome suggestions from teens in grades 9-12 of fiction and nonfiction books with teen appeal, with publication dates from 2010-2012. The nomination deadline is January 25, 2013.

To nominate a book, teens can complete an online form at the YALS website. Librarians will also find print nomination forms on this page, which can be sent to Ann Hoey* by the deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann Hoey.

*Send print nomination forms to:

Ann Hoey
Youth Services Coordinator
New Hampshire State Library
20 Park Street
Concord, NH 03301

Van Stop: New Hampshire State Library

Teen Video Challenge

Here’s a great project to work on with your teens over the winter…


Create a 30 – 90 second video that encourages teens to read and use libraries this summer and you could win $275! Just a short Public Service Announcement, using the theme Beneath the Surface could make you the New Hampshire Beneath the Surface Teen Video Challenge Winner. One winner can be selected from each state and CSLP member affiliate. Teens across America could see your video.


Aside from the $275 the winning team gets and the $125 in prizes the winning library gets, YALS (the Young Adult Librarians of NH) and the national Collaborative Summer Library Program want to encourage you to develop your video skills, have fun and encourage others to use your library all summer long. We created this contest for teens to create videos for teens.


1. Go to Beneath the Surface Teen Video Challenge 2013
2. Explore the resources link for art and music ideas in the public domain.
3. Create your video.
4. Entitle your video: “2013 TVC- NH-Unique Name.” Please choose a unique name that does not include your real name (example: 2013 TVC-NH-Libraryfan123).
5. Upload your video to or
6. Fill out Model Release form and Entry Form.
7. Mail completed forms postmarked by February 4, 2013 to :

Beneath the Surface Video Challenge
Ann Hoey
NH State Library
20 Park Street
Concord, NH 03301

Happy Teen Read Week!

We’re so glad you’re celebrating with us this week!  Here are some ways that you can participate:

Thanks for all that you do to bring libraries and teens together around reading, and have a wonderful Teen Read Week!

-Letty Smith, YALS President

We Finally Made It

Welcome to the new YALS webpage! Please update your bookmarks and links to our new url,

Teen Program Award from YALSA

For those of you working with teens here’s your chance to be handsomely rewarded. I know many of you are producing some great teen programs and you deserve to be recognized. If the award below doesn’t pertain to you, be sure to browse the YALSA grant website ( to see if something else is better suited to your situation.


Win $500 and an additional $500 for your library with the MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

Here’s your chance to win $500 for your pocket and another $500 for your library!  YALSA members are eligible to apply for this award recognizing an outstanding reading or literature program for young adults.  If you have created an exceptional reading or literature program in the 12 months before December 1st consider applying for the MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens.  The MAE Award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust.  The winner receives $500 and additional $500 for their library. 

Application forms can be downloaded at and must be emailed to Nichole Gilbert at by December 1. 

Not a member of YALSA?  It’s not too late to join.   Please note that it may take up to 2 months for new memberships to be fully processed.  New members should send an electronic copy of their membership application with the grant application.

For questions, contact Alexandra Tyle-Annen at

Reward yourself for bringing young adults and books together and encouraging the development of life-long reading habits.  Apply today! 

Times Running Out….

Don’t forget the deadline for submitting nominations for The Flume: NH Teen Reader’s Choice 2010 award is approaching quickly. Talk to your teens and find out what they think the best book published between 2006-2008 is. The committee will be accepting nominations through December 31, 2008.

For those of you unfamiliar with this award it was created in 2005 in response to a New Hampshire teens’ request to have a book award geared towards high school students. This award is a state-wide venture led by a collaborative effort from school and public librarians. Each year teens nominate titles, published within the last two years, they think deserve to be recognized. Librarians then narrow the group of titles to a list of 13. Teens then vote for the winning title from the list of 13.

Nominations can be made online or printed and placed around your library.

Thank you!

The Flume Committee