YALS Call for Vice President/President-Elect’s Duties and Secretary Nominations

It’s that time of year again. We are looking for nominations for the YALS board positions of Vice President/President Elect and Secretary.
If you have someone in mind, or are interested in the position yourself, please notify YALS Past President, Sylvie Brikiatis: sbrikiatis@nesmithlibrary.org or YALS President, Barb Ballou: balloubarb@yahoo.com .



Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan is now available. The host library, Whipple F. L., is ready to take reservations! This kit was sponsored by the Hillstown Co-op.

Also, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, is hosted by Richards F. L. After Richards’ book group discusses it on August 4, it will be available. This kit was sponsored by the Friends of the Richards Free Library.

Invention of WingsNew kits!

Great Stone Face 2015-2016 power point

The GSF power point slides are now available through the Award menu above, or by clicking here.

NOTE: You do NOT have to create an account with Dropbox to view our public files.  Just click the X in the upper right corner to close the registration/log in window.

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!

Nancy Keane’s Apps

A list of Apps presented by Nancy Keane at the May 7, 2015 YALS Spring Conference can be found on the Resources>Links page of the YALS website, or just click here.

Nominations for READS Award of Excellence

Do you know a NH librarian who has been instrumental in improving library services to adults? Consider nominating that person for this year’s READS Award of Excellence. Find information and nomination form at http://reads.nhlibrarians.org/award-of-excellence/. Deadline is June 5.

Flume Award Voting Deadline is This Week!

Please encourage teens to vote for their favorite title on the 2015 Flume Award list. The deadline to submit vote tallies is this Friday, May 1.

Materials to use for ballots and a link to the online voting tally submission form can be found on the Flume webpage.

YALS conference on May 7th in Plaistow

Reminder that registration closes April 3oth and space is limited. Register Now and reserve your spot!
Click here for more info and to register.

Conference follow-up: Comics and Graphic Novels

Hi everyone,

Very belatedly, here is the electronic copy (PDF) of the graphic novel booklist provided at the Spring Conference.

A couple of people asked if I could share the Power Point presentation I put together, to use for sharing with parents, trustees, anyone else who might benefit from knowing more about the power of graphic novels for readers.  If you wish to use it, don’t hesitate to email me and I’ll send it over.

Here are two resources I highly recommend (they are in the booklist, but here are direct links).

For your info, but more importantly for parents: “Raising a Reader” by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

For your info: David Serchay’s book A Librarian’s Guide to Graphic Novels for Children and ‘Tweens. This book goes far beyond collection development and gives a great history of comics and graphic novels, good research stats on why they’re beneficial to libraries and readers, and more.

Lastly, a couple of things I didn’t mention:

1. Circulating comic books:  We talked about the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel, but I didn’t ask if anyone is circulating comic books in addition to their graphic novel collection?  This past fall we had a great opportunity to add comics to the Children’s Room thanks to donations from our local business Merrymac Games and Comics.  As with any new collection, kids are still testing the waters.  But it’s been a very fun addition and well received.  Here is a photo of our books, as you can see, we keep them in their traditional “bag and board” packaging, partly to honor comic shops and partly to keep them from wilting (like our magazines).

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This is a photo from when we first debuted the collection – it’s grown quite large now!

2. Graphic Novel Book Clubs:  I’ll be debuting a book group dedicated to graphic novels, for grades 5-10, this summer.  If you’ve done something similar, please comment about it below!  I’ll keep you all updated on how it goes.

Good luck with your summer planning, and please comment with any thoughts or questions!

Best wishes,
Liz Gotauco, Merrimack Public Library

Nominations for Ann Geisel Award of Merit

Nominate! It’s time to recognize those colleagues who stand out from the crowd for their dedication, inspiration, innovation…

Please take a moment to submit a nomination for the Ann Geisel Award of Merit. Individuals, libraries, and organizations are all eligible for this award.

If you know a person (or library, or organization) who has made a significant contribution to library service, now’s the time to recognize that contribution! The award will be presented at the NHLA annual business meeting.

For details, please see: http://nhlibrarians.org/awards/geisel/

Deadline for nominations: June 30

Submit to:

Linda Taggart, NHLA Past President
c/o Nashua Public Library
2 Court St.
Nashua, NH 03060
(603) 589-4645