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Great Stone Face Voting, 2016-17

Great Stone Face voting takes place during the month of April.  Ballots are cast by children in grades 4-6 in libraries and schools all over the state.  Librarians then tally those votes and send them to the Great Stone Face Committee for inclusion in the grand total.

The current contact for sending your votes is Sarah Hydorn, Amherst Public LibraryThe deadline for receiving votes is April 30, so if you are mailing your votes, please make sure to allow enough time for them to arrive.  The votes are tallied and the results are announced at the annual spring NHLA or NHSLMA conference. This year, we’ll announce the results at the NHLA Spring Conference on May 5.

Online voting is encouraged, but we are happy to accept votes via email or snailmail, too—whichever method you’re most comfortable using.  You may print out a tally form by clicking here. We appreciate your time and energy in promoting the Great Stone Face List in your town! The link to the online voting form is HERE.

This just in from the Great Stone Face Committee!
Online voting is EASY and FUN! We had great results with this new method of tabulating votes last year, and we’d like to get even more people participating in our online vote this year.  Sarah Hydorn promises that she’ll still email you, to let you know that, yes, your votes really did get added to the total—so we’re not losing the personal touch!  It’s just that with online voting, the actual counting is so much easier, and probably more accurate!  Give it a try—you’ll be glad you did.  And, we will be very glad you did!


CHILIS Spring Conference Registration Is Now Closed

We look forward to seeing 150 of you at The Derryfield School on Thursday, March 30th for our annual spring conference, sponsored by Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire (CHILIS-NHLA). This year, we’ll focus on advocacy with Christine Friese, Assistant Director of the Portsmouth Public Library, and Summer Reading best practices. The Kids, Books and the Arts afternoon showcase will feature 11 presenters, including magicians and puppeteers.

As always, we’ll conduct a business meeting and present the CHILIS Librarian of the Year Award. Our raffle prizes will include a complete set of 2017 Ladybug-nominated picture books, a Lego™ basket, and the annual prize of $300 toward the cost of your Summer Reading KBA booking.  All this plus delicious food and ample opportunity for networking and sharing our successes and challenges. For the full conference schedule, click HERE.

We have reached capacity. Thank you!

CeCe Bell Accepts the 2016 Great Stone Face Award!

October 2016 CHILIS Fall Conference

Luci Albertson, Bedford Public Library and 2016 Great Stone Face Co-Chair, receives fun thank-you gifts from outgoing President Kristen Paradise.

Sarah Hydorn, Amherst Library and 2016 Great Stone Face Co-Chair, receives similar thanks from outgoing President Kristen Paradise.

President Kristen Paradise says thank you to Susan Laun, Portsmouth Public Library and CHILIS Membership Chair, with a familiar can and white bag.

Kristen Paradise, Hudson Public Library and outgoing CHILIS President, expresses her appreciation to Kristin Readel, CHILIS Conference Co-Chair, with the same gifts.

Ann Hoey, Youth and Adult Services Coordinator at the New Hampshire State Library, receives a THANK-YOU DONUT AND SELTZER from outgoing CHILIS President, the thoughtful and creative Kristen Paradise.

Liz Gotauco, formerly of Merrimack Public Library and outgoing CHILIS Vice President, says goodbye with a seltzer cheer, as we wish her the best at her new position in Rhode Island.

Amber Coughlin, newly elected CHILIS President, accepts Kristen’s yummy thank-you gifts for her work as NERTCL Rep to CHILIS.

Sarah Hydorn introduces CeCe Bell, author and illustrator of the Great Stone Face Award-winning EL DEAFO, accepting the honor via video. Click on her picture to read Sarah’s speech.

Devon Chaffee, Executive Director of the New Hampshire ACLU, spoke on Privacy and Confidentiality of Children in Libraries.

Our luncheon speaker, the affable Paul Durham (LUCK UGLIES), titled his speech, “Teller of Fibs.”

Our panel for “Shine during Storytime:” Benjamin Van Vliet of Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon (music and movement), Tanya T. Roberts of Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford (crafts and games), and Carol Sanborn of Hampton Falls Free Library (puppets).

Carol Sanborn, doing what she does best!

A rapt audience.

A good time was had by “young” and “old!”

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 http://goo.gl/forms/J2JRwqYVqV . 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 shydorn@amherstlibrary.org

Congratulations to our new CHILIS Board!

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For the full Board, click on the image.

Executive Board (voting members)

President:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kristen Paradise, Rodgers Memorial Library
194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH 03051
| KristenParadise@rodgerslibrary.org

Vice-President/President-Elect:
Liz Gotauco, Merrimack Public Library
470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054
liz@merrimacklibrary.org

Immediate Past President:                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tara McKenzie, Conway Public Library
15 East Main St/PO Box 2100, Conway, NH 03818
| tmckenzie@conwaypubliclibrary.org

Secretary:
Nicole Giroux, Derry Public Library64 East Broadway, Derry, NH  03038
| nicoleg@derrypl.org

Treasurer:
Judith G. Russell, Converse Free Public Library
38 Union Street, Lyme, NH 03768
 jrussell@lymenhlibrary.org

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!