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READS Seeking New Board Members

Do you want to help READS to provide continuing education and communication opportunities for library staff who serve adult library users? Now is your chance! We are looking for three executive board members. There is a relatively low time commitment. The board meets six times times per year and there is some light work to do between meetings. We need to fill the following positions:

  • Vice President (elected)
  • Secretary (elected)
  • Public Relations Chair (appointed)

Descriptions of each position are available in the READS handbook, which is available online at
For more information, please visit our website,, or contact the current board members. They are:

If you would like to place your name in nomination or nominate another READS member, please email past president Chris Hague, at The READS membership will vote for the VP and Secretary at the annual business meeting on Friday, October 23.

READS Roundtable 2009: Maintaining Library Services during Tough Times

In a time when many libraries must find ways to trim their budget, what strategies are you using to continue providing the same quality of service to your patrons as before? Do you look to your Friends group? Ask for grants? Fundraise within the community? Have you found locals willing to provide programming? Are there businesses providing you discounts? Or are there smaller things we can do that will make a difference? Please join as at one of the scheduled round tables to discuss this topic.

$5 for READS members; $10 for non-members.

Registration deadline is March 16.

Brochure and registration form (PDF)

READS Ballot

The READS Fall Conference will be held next Friday, October 24, at the Local Government Center in Concord. The READS ballot this year includes a proposed bylaw change and candidates for READS office. Candidates are Deann Hunter of Laconia Public Library for treasurer and Linda Taggart of Nashua Public Library for vice president/president-elect.

The following proposed bylaws change is being recommended by the READS Executive Board.  The change refers to the objectives of the organization.

Old Version

Article II: Objective.
The objective of the Reference and Adult Services Section is to disseminate information pertaining to work in reference, circulation, technical services, interlibrary loan, and adult programming.  Discussions, workshops, and other types of information formats will be used.

New Version

Article II:  Objective.
The objective of the Reference and Adult Services Section is to disseminate information and advocate for matters pertaining to work in

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

Discussions, workshops, and other types of informal formats will be used to educate, empower and provide opportunities for collaboration.

Note: This represents an addition of the following: “adult services,”  “readers’ advisory” and “collection development.”

2008 READS Award of Excellence–And the Nominees Are!

With the READS Fall Conference only weeks away, the 2008 READS Award Selection Committee has diligently reviewed this year’s nominations and finally chosen a recipient. As always, the selection of a recipient for this award was a difficult decision to make. This year’s candidates have all contributed significantly to the New Hampshire Library community in a variety of ways. Please join the committee in congratulating the nominees on their achievements. The award will be presented at the READS Fall Conference on October 24 (the registration form is available here).

Without further ado, the READS Award Selection Committee is delighted to present to you the nominees for the 2008 READS Award of Excellence.

And the nominees are:

  • Diane Mayr, Assistant Director-Head of Adult Services at Nesmith Library. Diane was nominated for this award by Carl Heidenblad, the Director at Nesmith Library.
  • Michelle Bergeron, Library Clerk I at Manchester City Library. Michelle was nominated for this award by Lichen Rancourt, who is the Head of Technology at Manchester City Library.
  • Michelle Du Breuil, Library Assistant at Gordon-Nash Library. Michelle was nominated for this award by Diane Gilson, who is the Assistant Director at Gordon-Nash Library.
  • Patricia Walker, Adult Services Librarian at Nichols Memorial Library. Patricia was nominated for this award by Andy Richmond, who is the Director of Nichols Memorial Library.

This year, the READS Award Selection Committee includes Sarah Leonardi (Past READS President) from Amherst Public Library, Ellen Knowlton ( 2007 Award winner) of Merrimack Public Library, Eleanor Croteau ( 2005 Award winner) and Claudia Mayer (READS Award Selection Committee chair) of Manchester City Library.

READS Fall Conference Coming Soon!

We at READS want to remind you of the program we are presenting on the 24th of October. It will offer suggestions from a variety of people involved in human services to help us best serve our disabled customers. Speakers will include librarians, representatives from social services, and specialists in serving people with a variety of disabilities. We hope you come with questions, suggestions, and examples of your own experiences.

The deadline for registering is October 10th. Forms are available at the READS Fall Conference page.

Hope to see you!