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2017 Fall Conference

READS Award of Excellence 2017 Winner

READS Award of Excellence 2017

Every Spring we post to our website and send out notification that we are accepting nominations for the READS Award of Excellence.  The purpose of the Award of Excellence is to recognize outstanding contributions by an individual who has been instrumental in improving library services to adults.  The nomination process involves filling out a three-page form.  We appreciate all the directors, department heads and coworkers who take the time to fill out a nomination form.

After the forms are filled out, our Award Selection Committee carefully evaluates the nominees.  The Award Selection Committee consists of the last two READS Past Presidents and the last three READS Award of Excellence recipients.

Last year we filled all the spaces on our Award of Excellence plaque with the names of our recipients.  This plaque is now being housed at the State Library.  This year’s winner will be the first name on our new plaque.

Every one of the nominees for the READS Award of Excellence has dedicated themselves to their communities above and beyond their share. Their passion for and commitment to helping others is truly inspiring.

This year’s winner is Roger Robbins from the Stephenson Memorial Library in Greenfield.  The following is an excerpt from his nomination, submitted by Stephenson Memorial Library Director, Beverly Pietlicki:

2017: READS Secretary, Kersten Matera (left) presents the READS Award of Excellence to recipient, Roger Robbins (center). Roger was nominated by Beverly Pietlicki (right), Director at the Stephenson Memorial Library.

Roger has 17 years NH library experience.  He has worked as a Reference librarian at Colby Sawyer College, Concord Public Library and Lebanon Public Library.  He taught bibliographic instruction, developed research guides and supervised Interlibrary loan.  Roger headed the migration of an ILS system to an open source system, has managed web pages and has been head cataloger. He has continually stepped up to the plate in assisting with Adult Services such as Reader’s Advisory, technology troubleshooting, managing adult volunteers, and coordinating outreach to a local adult independent living facility.  He has created useful tools to train new employees and has developed special collection areas such as local and New England specific history collections.  Having been a long time resident of New England, and accumulated experience working for several libraries, he is extremely resourceful in a meaningful and personal way with our patrons. He knows how to deal with the spectrum of our small town population with enviable grace and poise.

Congratulations Roger Robbins!

READS Award of Excellence

It’s time to celebrate excellence!

Let’s show our appreciation for dedication, creativity and hard work by paying tribute to library staff members who provide outstanding library service to adults.

Nominate a library colleague for the
2017 READS Award of Excellence

Deadline for nominations: June 30, 2017
extended to August 31, 2017

The winner of the READS Award of Excellence will receive a plaque, gift card and a year’s paid membership to NHLA and READS.

Details and nomination form are available at:                                          

KitKeeper is officially live!

Look! It’s moving. It’s alive. IT’S ALIVE!
– Dr. Henry Frankenstein

We know it is a day late, but we couldn’t resist this classic Halloween reference…

The READS-To-Go KitKeeper service is officially live as of today, November 1, 2016!

Please visit: to browse READS-To-Go kits, place reservations, and manage the circulation of your kits.

If you are unfamiliar with the KitKeeper service, or need a refresher about the service, please visit the READS-To-Go blog to read our prior announcements and FAQs.

Lastly, if you have any questions please contact your giddy NH KitKeeper team at or by phone at the Hooksett Library (485-6092).

Your NH KitKeeper Team

READS-To-Go and KitKeeper – Second Phase

We are now engaging in the second phase of our KitKeeper site configuration process and we need your assistance.

Please visit the READS-To-Go blog for information on logging into your library’s KitKeeper account and checking the information we have listed for you.

Our goal is to launch the site by November 1, 2016!

Thanks for your help!

READS Award of Excellence

READS Award of Excellence 2016                 

People often think that librarians read all day. Perhaps in a perfect world! The truth is, we do a lot more. I believe all librarians are heroes: every librarian is a hero to someone, whether a harried parent, a student with a project due tomorrow, or a job seeker. Librarians serve the public in many ways.

So what makes these nominees special?  They all go above and beyond, in small ways and large, for individuals, for communities, and for the wider world. Our friends and colleagues are nominated for sharing more of themselves, for doing always a little bit more for each person, for their libraries, and for this splendid profession we all love.

This year’s nominated librarians:

  • Taught guitar and tie-dying; Promoted library services
  • Demonstrated egg decorating; Engaged patrons in lifelong learning
  • Offered crafting classes; Wrote grants, edited newsletters
  • Organized scam-awareness and foot clinics for seniors
  • Trekked through blizzards to conduct book discussions – literally!
  • Developed delivery programs for the homebound
  • Created programs to connect tech-savvy teens and tech-support seekers
  • Initiated services that directly improved lives, and shared that knowledge
  • Connected with and improved ever-widening circles of lives with energy, creativity and generous spirits

These are just a few of the actual accomplishments of our 5 Award nominees for 2016. Please join me in congratulating these outstanding achievers:

  • Schuyler Selden Kingston Community Library,  Kingston
  • Carolyn Crocker Lebanon Public Libraries,  Lebanon
  • Nancy Norwalk Philip Read Memorial Library,   Plainfield
  • Karen Frey                       Nesmith Library,   Windham
  • Karen Ryan                     Wiggin Memorial Library,   Stratham

I’d like to thank all the people who took the time to write these thoughtful and very impressive letters to nominate such talented and dedicated librarians.

Our winner this year was selected for outstanding contributions to the advancement of library services. In addition to many regular and “Superhero” supervisory duties, this individual has created and managed programs that benefit seniors, homebound patrons, and teen patrons, and succeeded in connecting teens who can share their technical expertise with seniors in need of tech assistance. The winner also established and promoted a “Books on the Run” program to provide services to the homebound, and often shares that knowledge and experience with library peers, resulting in improved services not only in the local community but also in the wider library community.

Hats off to our 2016 READS Award of Excellence winner:

Karen Frey from Nesmith Library in Windham.  Congratulations, Karen!

2016: READS acting Past President, Myra Emmons (right) presents the READS Award of Excellence to recipient, Karen Frey (left), Circulation Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator at the Nesmith Library. Karen accepted her award at the READS Fall Conference which took place at the Hooksett Public Library.

READS-To-Go and KitKeeper

READS is very excited to announce a new service designed to facilitate our popular READS-To-Go book club kit lending service. The new service is called KitKeeper and it is a product of Plymouth Rocket, the well-known Massachusetts online calendar vendor.

KitKeeper will allow NH Librarians to view kit availability, place kit requests, and manage the tracking of kits online. The easy-to-use service will improve communication and cooperation by libraries to create a seamless lending experience.

For more information visit READS-To-Go’s blog.


READS Logo Contest

Be the winner of a $100 Amazon gift card!  All librarians and library patrons are invited to help us develop a logo for the Reference and Adult Services section of the NH Library Association.  A camera-ready, vector image would be terrific, but is not necessary. The intent is to create a symbol or design that will be easily associated with READS.

What does READS do?  The objective of the Reference and Adult Services Section is to disseminate information and advocate for matters pertaining to work in the following:

  • reference
  • adult services
  • circulation
  • technical services
  • interlibrary loan
  • readers’ advisory
  • collection development and
  • adult programming

Send questions or submissions to our Secretary, Kersten Matera.  Please include your name, contact information and your library affiliation (if not employed by a library, where are you a member?).  All participants will be entered in a raffle for a $25 gift certificate to The Common Man restaurants.  The Logo Contest winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.  Deadline is December 15th, 2016.

Good resources for logo design are available online, and these are some of the most important:

  • Design fonts and colors should complement our brand message
  • Should not incorporate things like gradients or shadows that won’t reproduce well on different media
  • Must be unique
  • Should clearly represent what READS does

We plan on unveiling our Logo in 2017 (New Year = New Logo).

Nominations for READS Award of Excellence

The READS Board is looking for nominations for the READS Award of Excellence.  This award is to recognize the contributions by an individual who has been instrumental in improving library services to adults.   The nominee may be a librarian, or a  library support staff member, who is currently employed in a NH library. 

The entire nomination can be done online or it can be downloaded to print for mailing at:

The deadline is July 15, so don’t wait too long!  Give the recognition to that staff member that has gone above and beyond – there are a lot of them out there.