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Fall Conference registration is now open!

Click on the story-time owl for conference information!

Click on the story-time owl for conference information!

Please join us at the Beane Center in Laconia on Thursday, October 27th for our annual fall conference, sponsored by Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire (CHILIS-NH).

This year, we’ll focus on protecting our youngest patrons with expert advice from local law enforcement and the New Hampshire chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. We’ll wrap up the day with a variety of ideas from seasoned professionals for taking your story times up a notch.

As always, we’ll conduct a business meeting, elect new officers, have raffles and delicious food, and ample opportunity for networking and sharing our successes and challenges.

See you soon! ~your CHILIS-NH Board

Great Stone Face news…

Click on the image above to see the complete voting results!

Boston Bruins Sponsor NH Summer Reading

sponsorLabelCheck out the page NH Summer Reading & the Boston Bruins under the Summer Reading menu tab above for all the amazing details. Fun, prizes, and incentives for everyone. CHILIS thanks the Boston Bruins organization for its support of kids and reading in New Hampshire. When you read, you score!

GSF Tally Report Now Available Online

Great Stone Face logoYou can now report the results of your school’s or library’s votes for the winner of the Great Stone Face Award by completing an online form at . Please note: please use this form to report vote tallies. It should not be used to conduct online voting with kids.

By following the link provided, your vote tallies can easily be added to our totals, and the results can be quickly tabulated. Sarah Hydorn, who has been the official vote-counter for many years, is thrilled!! She strongly encourages you to use this option, although, of course, any vote tallies she receives, be they online, email, or snail mail, will be gratefully added to our totals. Please follow the link, take a look at the form, and enter your vote tallies as soon as you have them–we think you’ll agree that it’s easy to do!

As always, thank you so much for your participation—we couldn’t do it without you!
Deadline for vote tallies is April 30, 2016.

The winner of the Great State Face Award will be announced at the NHSLMA conference on May 12, 2016.

If you have questions, please contact Sarah at

Congratulations to our new CHILIS Board!

For the full Board, click on the image.

Executive Board (voting members)

President:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kristen Paradise, Rodgers Memorial Library
194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH 03051

Liz Gotauco, Merrimack Public Library
470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054

Immediate Past President:                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tara McKenzie, Conway Public Library
15 East Main St/PO Box 2100, Conway, NH 03818

Nicole Giroux, Derry Public Library64 East Broadway, Derry, NH  03038

Judith G. Russell, Converse Free Public Library
38 Union Street, Lyme, NH 03768

And the 2014-15 Great Stone Face winner is…

Escape-From-Mr.-Lemoncellos-Library Congratulations to Chris Grabenstein, author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library! We’re already mentioned on his website and his Twitter feed, @CGrabenstein,  too!

With 762 votes, Mr. Lemoncello narrowly edged out Cardboard, the graphic novel by Doug TenNapel, followed by Mathlete vs. Athlete, by W.C. Mack.

For the complete tallies, and information on next year’s nominees, click on Awards in the menu above, then select Great Stone Face Book Award.

Thanks to all who participated!

CHILIS Fall Conference Registration now closed

fall costumeFor those of you attending, we look forward to seeing you on the 9th in Greenfield for a great day with Starr LaTronica, M.H. Herlong, and wonderful, talented colleagues from around the state.

Wear something fall-ish for a discount on your raffle tickets!

For directions and the agenda, click HERE.

Register for the Fall Conference!

harris-campPlease click HERE or on

Conferences>CHILIS Fall Conference in the menu above

to access all the registration information you need for the exciting day we have planned for October 9!

Libraries as Makerspaces

motherlode-whittle-tmagArticleToday’s Motherlode blog post in The New York Times, written by Jessica Lahey of Lyme, contains a nice endorsement of libraries as makerspaces and as resources for ideas and activities. Check it out by clicking on the photo at left or the link above!


2014 Great Stone Face Award (click the image for the final tally)


GSF 2014 winner