Four New Kits Added!


Three fiction and one nonfiction titles have been added to the RTG program: Flight Behavior, Me Before You, The Round House, and The End of Your Life Book Club. Learn more on the READS-TO-GO blog.

Four New Kits for 2014


Three fiction and one nonfiction titles have been added to the RTG program: Flight Behavior, Me Before You, The Round House, and The End of Your Life Book Club. Learn more on the READS-TO-GO blog.

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:

NH ALA Councilor Report from Midwinter 2014 Philadelphia

Hello NHLA Membership,

The following is my report from ALA Midwinter 2014 in Philadelphia, January 24-28. Please contact me with any questions or comments you have.

Highlights of Council I (Sunday, January 26)

Digital Content Working Group Report:
Highlights: Big 5 publishers all now selling to libraries. Future of the group, charge extends only through annual 2014. Continued concern over pricing from publishers, consideration of preservation, attn to streaming video, and ongoing concerns about privacy.

New Business with Action Taken:

ALA Council Document #34 Resolution on Electronic Communications for ALA Council
examining guidelines for council email and electronic communications. The genesis of this resolution came from discussions about where Council is accessing documents online. HQ staff is having a hard time working under current guidelines which date back to 1994. Resolution asks for creation of a task force to rework these guidelines. Questions came up about whether this topic needs a yearlong task force. But no options were given.  Voted yes.

CD# 35 Resolution to Improve Member Access to ALA Unit Governing Information.
This resolution requires all governing bodies of ALA divisions and roundtables to link their meeting minutes from the unit’s hosted webpage within 30 days of approval of the minutes.
The resolution was not addressing Council or Executive Board minutes which already have posting requirements. The resolution was brought in the spirit of addressing the openness and transparency of the organization hoping to make it easier for ALA members to locate minutes online.
Postponed to Council II to address concerns of council members regarding wording.  Voted yes to postpone.

ALA-APA (ALA Allied Professional Association) Meeting was held directly following Council I
ALA-APATreasurers report

Highlights from Council II (Monday, January 27 )
Freedom to Read Foundation Report
by Julius Jefferson

New Business with Action Taken:

Revised ALA CD #35 resolution to improve access to ALA unit governing information (originally presented at Council I).
Essentially, designed to get divisions and subunits to put their minutes on the ALA website in a timely manner in a place where they can be easily found by the membership. People approved in theory, but some boards and roundtables were concerned about putting up unapproved draft minutes and some concern about getting minutes up within 30 days.
Voted yes. The motion passed.

CD#37 Resolved that the ALA recognizes Edward Snowden, as a whistleblower who, in releasing information that documents the mass surveillance programs of the NSA, has performed a valuable service launching a dialogue about transparency, government surveillance, and over classification.

This was much discussed at this Midwinter meeting and Annual in Chicago last summer.
Lengthy discussion went on the floor covering little new territory. Once it was brought to a vote, the resolution failed. I voted no.

In my opinion, a stronger and more ALA relevant resolution (CD#20.4 &19.2: Resolution on the Need for Reforms for the Intelligence Community to Support Privacy, Open Government, Government Transparency, and Accountability) was passed at Annual 2013, you can read it here
A resolution was presented to allow programs at midwinter meetings. Currently discussions and meetings take place, but programs are not allowed. Discussions and meetings often resemble what we would think of as a conference program. Passage of this resolution would allow programs.
Council voted to refer this resolution to BARC (Budget Analysis & Review Committee) to look at the financial implications of passage. We should be seeing it again in June in Las Vegas with recommendations from BARC.

Discussion of nomination of Patricia Glass Schuman, past ALA president
for honorary membership to ALA . Motion passed. Voted yes.

On Sunday afternoon, a Chapter Councilors Forum was held in the afternoon. This is a chance for the chapter (state) councilors to meet and discuss issues relevant to state chapters.

Highlights of Council III (Monday, January 28)
New Business with Action Taken:

CD# 19,2 Resolution  from the Intellectual Freedom Committee Expanding Federal Whistleblower Protection.
The focus of this resolution is to urge the U.S. government to extend legal protections for whistleblowers to employees of all national security and intelligence agencies and to non-federal employees working for civilian contractors and more.
Motion passed. Voted yes.

CD#20.1 The Committee on Legislation presented a Resolution on Curbing Government Surveillance and Restoring Civil Liberties.

This resolution calls upon Congress to pass legislation supporting the reforms embodied in HR 3361/S.1599 as introduced, and upon the President to sign such legislation; and
Also, commends Senator Patrick Leahy and Congressmen James Sensenbrenner for sponsoring the USA Freedom Act, the 143 legislators in the Senate and the House who have co-sponsored it, and the 85 organizations who have endorsed it, as of January 27, 2014.

This resolution was split in two for the vote (1. urging congress to act and 2. commending sponsorship of USA Freedom Act). I voted yes to both. Council passed both.

Resolution CD#20.3 was also brought to Council by the Committee on Legislation titled Resolution on Maintaining Government Websites During a Government Shutdown. The concern of COL is that government information is not available during a shutdown. The resolution asks agencies to have a plan/guideline for what is available before a shutdown takes place.
An amendment to this resolution was brought by Daniel Cornwell, Alaska state councilor, asking council to strike first paragraph entirely, and the first sentence of the second paragraph. He was concerned the Council was recommending that federal employees be asked to work without pay. The amendment failed. I voted no on the amendment.

Another amendment to add the word paid to the first resolved clause.
Motion passed. Voted yes. The resolution then passed as amended. I voted yes.

Final action item: CD#36 establishment of the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with  Adversity. Cash prize of $3000, plus up to $1000 towards travel costs. There is an additional $1000 provided to ALA for administrative costs.  Adversity is left intentionally undefined. An annual award funded by Daniel Handler.
Motion passed. Voted yes.

Memorial resolutions were read for:
Augusta Clark
Major Owens
Nasser Sharify
Bohdan Stephan Wynar

Tributes: honoring Giovanni’s Room Bookstore and Owner Ed Hermance and a tribute honoring Senator Jay Rockefeller.

Results of the Executive Board Election held on Sunday.
Peter D. Hepburn
Mike L. Marlin
Gina A. Persichini
Gail A. Schlachter

Other interesting items from Midwinter:

Spencer Ackerman, National Security editor for the Guardian newspaper gave an informative presentation, The Washington Update—Under a Microscope: The Story Behind the Revelations About the NSA Surveillance Programs, on the Snowden documents and the release of information from these documents. The program offered an overview of issues of transparency and government surveillance raised by the release of these documents.

At the Council Relations Committee meeting on Saturday afternoon, ALA executive director, Keith Michael Fiels introduced the new, Why ALA? brochures being offered to drum up new members. I will have these available at the NHLA Spring Conference in April. Keith also talked about beginning the process of creating a new 5-year strategic plan for ALA in 2015.

For those of you particularly interested in advocacy, ALA Mobile Commons has a new advocacy tool. You can now receive action alerts on your cell phone. Text “library” to 877877, you will then receive auto calls with talking points regarding a pertinent topic. After listening to the talking points, you will be automatically connected with your legislator’s office. This service is available now.

I thought we might hear more discussion regarding net neutrality and the recent federal court decision to strike down current FCC rules, but there was surprisingly little discussion at Council or elsewhere. Many ALA committees and leaders are waiting to see what happens next before drafting ALA resolutions on the matter. I do expect to hear more at Annual Conference in Las Vegas this summer.

Candidates for ALA President, Maggie Farrell and Sari Feldman both offered speeches to ALA Council on Saturday evening. Some of you may recognize Sari’s name as she is a past president of PLA and member of the Digital Libraries Content Working Group.  You can watch the closing statements of each candidate here Voting will take place between March 19- April 25, 2014.

Reminder from COL that 2014 is the 40th anniversary of Legislative Day May 5 & 6 in Washington D.C.

Attendance figures for Midwinter meeting: 8407 registrants plus 3,800 Total 12,207.

Respectfully submitted,


Amy Lappin

NH ALA Councilor, 2013-2015

Deputy Director

Lebanon Public Libraries

Lebanon, NH



Have you registered yet?

fizz-boom-read-2The CHILIS Spring Conference is only weeks away! If you have not yet sent in your registration form, you can download it right here!


The conference is Thursday, March 6, from 9 to 4:30, at the SNHU campus in Manchester. Don’t miss all the fun: Librarian of the Year presentation, the ever-popular CHILIS raffle, and the invaluable KBA showcase. We’ll have presentations of sample STEM-related story times for this summer and rapid reviews of thematic titles. Yummy food, friendly colleagues, and plenty of laughs–who could ask for anything more?!

See you there! (Deadline for registration is February 21.)

Judy Russell | Converse Free Library, Lyme | CHILIS Conference Co-chair


YALS Dates and Deadlines

NH Teen Video Challenge Deadline
Video entries for the 2014 CSLP NH Teen Video Challenge must be received by February 14.

Flume Award Committee:
The Flume Award Committee will meet on Monday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m. to choose ten titles for the 2015 Flume Award list. The meeting will be held at Manchester West High School.

YALS Meeting:
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 27 at Tracy Memorial Library, New London.
9:30 a.m. refreshments, 10:00 meeting

2014 Flume Award Voting Deadline:
The voting deadline for the 2014 Flume Award is April 18th.
(ballot will be available soon).

CSLP Webinar:
The editor for the CSLP manuals, Patti Sinclair, will be conducting a webinar offering planning and program tips. This one-hour webinar will be offered on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. CST (2:00 p.m. EST) and will highlight the Teen program.
Registration and more information can be found here:

YALS Meeting Reminder

When: Thursday, January 23 / Meeting at 10 AM, Refreshments at 9:30

Where: Rye Public Library

Parking: If possible, please park along Washington Rd. across from the library.

Belated NELA Pics

Hello fellow children’s librarians,

This past October, I was lucky to be able to attend the NELA Annual Conference in beautiful Portland, ME.  One of the best parts of the conference was getting to see Portland’s gorgeous library and their amazing Maurice Sendak exhibit, as well as the city’s bookmobile service! Here are some photos to share for those who weren’t able to see.

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This gorgeous mural and much more of Sendak’s artwork was painted on the walls:
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Here’s a small sampling of some of the artwork on display, which included not only work from his children’s illustrations, but his theatrical designs, and even drawings from a high school Shakespeare project.

I’m a bit of a wild thing, so I couldn’t help myself.



The NERTCL Luncheon hosted author/illustrator Melissa Sweet, who is one of my favorites, so I was excited she wasn’t camera shy.
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And here’s a visit to the Portland Public Library’s bookmobile (one of them, anyway!)
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They had a huge selection, mostly of popular books and movies.  I spoke to the staff, who were very enthusiastic to talk up the service.  They reported that they serve a wide variety of ages, including school kids, families, and the elderly.  While they keep most popular stuff shelved, they also take their “regulars” into account and stock up on their favorites too.  They pack a lot of materials into one van!  The service desk, as you can see, is right behind the driver and passenger seats, for easy “swivel” access!  It was a highlight of the trip.
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Thanks for reading!
- Liz, Merrimack Public Library



Kids, Books and the Arts 2014

The 2014 Kids, Books and the Arts Roster includes 12 presenters who will do programs for NH libraries during the “Fizz Boom Read!” summer reading program. Libraries can apply for grants to bring these presenters to their communities this summer by completing an application by Friday, March 28 at 4 pm.  For information about the presenters and their programs as well as the grant application, please visit the Kids, Books and the Arts page on the State Library website.

2014 Summer Reading Manuals

The manuals for the 2014 CSLP Summer Reading Program were distributed at the CHILIS Fall Conference.  Librarians who have not received a set of manuals should contact Ann Hoey at