Posts by: Mary Cronin

Still a few spaces left for READS Roundtables

READS Spring Round Tables are coming up soon! There are still a few spaces left at each location. The registration deadline is March 12.

Click here for a copy of the brochure and registration form. The brochure points you to the hosting library’s website for directions and parking information.

For more information contact Program Committee Chair Carol Roberts:

Cultivating Tech-Savvy Library Staff

NHLA/READS announces Spring Round Tables 2014.  Plan to attend a Spring Round Table near you. Register early as space is limited at most locations.  The registration deadline is March 12.

The theme  is “Cultivating Tech-Savvy Library Staff”.   Libraries and READS members will receive a brochure with registration form via the NHLA van service. (Download and print a registration form)

The Round Tables will all be morning sessions.

  • Seacoast Co-op to be held at Rye PL – March 20 (snow date: March 27)
  • Merri-Hill-Rock co-op to be held at Hooksett PL – March 27
  • Hillstown co-op to be held at Merrimack PL – April 4
  • Nubanusit co-op to be held at Fitzwilliam PL – April 10

Subject experts Bobbi Slossar or Steve Butzel will take part in each session.

For more information contact Program Committee Chair Carol Roberts:

Mark your calendars for READS events

Here are some dates to add to your shiny new 2014 calendars:

2014 READS Roundtables are being scheduled for mid March through early April. All READS members will receive a mailer and registration will open for these roundtables on Feb. 7, 2014. The theme is “Cultivating Tech-Savvy Library Staff”.

SAVE THE DATE ! The 2014 READS annual conference will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Hooksett Public Library.

Welcome new officers!

READS has two new members on the Executive Board: Vice President/President-Elect Corinne Chronopoulos (Director, Pelham Public Library), who will serve a three year term: one year as VP, one year as President, and one year as Past President. Rebekka Mateyk (Director, Pease Public Library, Plymouth) begins a two-year term as Secretary. Welcome Corinne and Rebekka!

Congratulations to Janet Arden

2013 Award of Excellence winner

READS Past President Myra Emmons (left) congratulates Janet Arden (center), recipient of the 2013 READS Award of Excellence. Debra Hiett, Director of the Hampstead Public Library (right) nominated Janet for the award, which was presented at the READS Annual Fall Conference on October 25, 2013.

Janet serves as a part-time library assistant at Hampstead Public Library and was nominated by her director, Deb Hiett. Her innovative work with the senior population is an inspiration, and it was an honor to present her with this Award.

READS Annual Meeting documents

The READS Annual Business Meeting will take place on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 9:30 to 10:00 am as part of the READS Fall Conference. Please come at 9 am for coffee and breakfast and join us for the meeting.

Take a moment to review these two items, which will be on the Annual Meeting Agenda:


Directions to READS Conference

The 2013 READS Fall Conference is taking place on Friday, October 25 at Franklin Pierce University.

Directions to Franklin Pierce University, Spagnuolo Hall, and parking information.

Directions begin at the intersection of NH Rte 101 and Rte 202 in Peterborough, NH

From the intersection of 101 and 202 in Peterborough, NH – turn onto Rte 202 South/West toward Jaffrey.

Continue on Rte 202 South/West through Jaffrey, NH and continue to the 4 way intersection of Route 119 & 202 (This will take about 12 minutes).

Take a right at the light at this intersection onto Route 119 West

Travel 1 ½ miles to the University (entrance will be on your right at the blinking yellow light)

FPU will post signs for parking and for the location of Spagnuolo Hall.

Questions? Contact Carol Roberts

Registration deadline extended

There is still time to register for the READS Fall conference. Registration has been extended to October 16.

The READS Conference will be held at Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, NH, on October 25, 2013. Check in begins at 8:30. Enjoy the continental breakfast beginning at 8:30.

Download registration form.


READS conference registration deadline one week away

What if there was a way to improve your library skills, work towards a certificate in librarianship and perhaps earn more money doing what you love to do? Come find out how at the READS Conference to be held at Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, NH, on October 25, 2013. Registration check in begins at 8:30. Enjoy the continental breakfast beginning at 8:30.

The morning session will be presented by Gerry Deyermond, co-chair of the Massachusetts Library Association’s (MLA) Paralibrarian Section, along with Karen Horn and Lori Salotto of the Paralibrarian Career Development Committee will describe the voluntary program they developed to formally recognize paralibrarians who go above and beyond their regular duties.

The Massachusetts program has been operating since 2006. Not everyone wants to (or is able to) obtain an advanced degree to further their library career. This presentation will outline the process used by MLA to implement such a program. The two hour program will feature a presentation, a panel discussion and a question & answer period.

After the presentation, you will be given an anonymous survey about starting such a program in NH. Be on the ground level as we explore library certification in New Hampshire! This is not just for library administration. We want to hear from all library staff at all levels.

After lunch Denise van Zanten, Library Director at Manchester City Library will present a program that focuses on dealing with the many relationships library staff need to juggle to keep staff, coworkers, trustees and patrons happy! Be prepared for an interactive question and answer session as part of the presentation to share “your” challenges and learn some pointers.

And we will wrap it all up with the FAMOUS 30 books in 30 minutes presented by Mary H. White, Director of the Howe Library, Hanover, NH and two colleagues Heather Backman, Programming and Outreach Librarian; and Gary Burton, Youth Services Assistant. Get some great ideas for your book group’s next book!

READS Election 2013

Ballots for electing officers for the READS Executive Board were sent to all current READS members on August 26, 2013. Ballots were sent to most members via email. For members who opted for paper only communication when joining NHLA and READS, ballots were mailed on August 26. If you did not receive a ballot, please contact READS Secretary Mary Cronin at, or at the Madison Library, 367-8545.

The deadline for voting is Friday, October 4. Results will be announced at the READS Annual Meeting, the first item of business at READS Fall Conference on October 25, 2013.

Here are bios of the two candidates running for office this year:

Corinne Chronopoulos, for VP/Pres Elect:  
Corinne Chronopoulos is the Director of the Pelham Public Library. A graduate from the MLS program at Simmons College, she has a background in corporate libraries and an unhealthy love of resume help reference questions. Chronopoulos is passionate about creating community partnership opportunities for her public library and lives in Hudson, NH with her husband and son.

Rebekka Mateyk, for Secretary:
Rebekka Mateyk is the director of the Pease Public Library in Plymouth, NH. She received her MLS from Rutgers University. She started her library career in New Jersey at Merck, and has worked in public libraries for 14 years. She enjoys music and kayaking, and just learned how to row a quad on Squam Lake.

The ballot also includes the option to write in a candidate for each office.