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READS Spring 2017 Roundtables: Book Discussions and Community Reads


Register here by clicking on the date below.

DATE                        LOCATION
March 24, 2017     Pease Public Library, Plymouth
April 3, 2017          Lebanon Public Library, Kilton Branch, West Lebanon
April 5, 2017          Hooksett Public Library
April 13, 2017        Lane Memorial Library, Hampton

Payment can be completed online during the registration process. Checks should be made out to NHLA -READS and sent by van or mail to
Belmont Public Library
PO Box 308
Belmont NH 03220
van: Belmont/ Belmont Public Library
attn: Eileen Gilbert

Questions? Eileen Gilbert,

October 2016 CHILIS Fall Conference

Luci Albertson, Bedford Public Library and 2016 Great Stone Face Co-Chair, receives fun thank-you gifts from outgoing President Kristen Paradise.

Sarah Hydorn, Amherst Library and 2016 Great Stone Face Co-Chair, receives similar thanks from outgoing President Kristen Paradise.

President Kristen Paradise says thank you to Susan Laun, Portsmouth Public Library and CHILIS Membership Chair, with a familiar can and white bag.

Kristen Paradise, Hudson Public Library and outgoing CHILIS President, expresses her appreciation to Kristin Readel, CHILIS Conference Co-Chair, with the same gifts.

Ann Hoey, Youth and Adult Services Coordinator at the New Hampshire State Library, receives a THANK-YOU DONUT AND SELTZER from outgoing CHILIS President, the thoughtful and creative Kristen Paradise.

Liz Gotauco, formerly of Merrimack Public Library and outgoing CHILIS Vice President, says goodbye with a seltzer cheer, as we wish her the best at her new position in Rhode Island.

Amber Coughlin, newly elected CHILIS President, accepts Kristen’s yummy thank-you gifts for her work as NERTCL Rep to CHILIS.

Sarah Hydorn introduces CeCe Bell, author and illustrator of the Great Stone Face Award-winning EL DEAFO, accepting the honor via video. Click on her picture to read Sarah’s speech.

Devon Chaffee, Executive Director of the New Hampshire ACLU, spoke on Privacy and Confidentiality of Children in Libraries.

Our luncheon speaker, the affable Paul Durham (LUCK UGLIES), titled his speech, “Teller of Fibs.”

Our panel for “Shine during Storytime:” Benjamin Van Vliet of Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon (music and movement), Tanya T. Roberts of Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford (crafts and games), and Carol Sanborn of Hampton Falls Free Library (puppets).

Carol Sanborn, doing what she does best!

A rapt audience.

A good time was had by “young” and “old!”

Flume and Isinglass Nominations

We are collecting nominations for the Flume and the Isinglass Awards. Please encourage teens to submit nominations of recently published fiction or nonfiction that appeals to readers in grades 7-12.

Nominations are accepted online at the Flume/Isinglass page at The award committee is planning to select the two lists this spring, which will be voted on in April 2018. The vote for the 2017 Isinglass will take place in April. No Flume Award will be given in 2017, but teens should submit nominations of their favorite new titles at any time.

Please contact Ann Hoey with your questions.

YALS meeting

Our next YALS meeting is Thursday, May 25th at the Local Government Center, 25 Triangle Dr.,  Concord.  The meeting is scheduled from 10:00-12:00.    Any YALS member is invited and encouraged to come.

In addition to the officers’ reports, we will be discussing the Fall Conference, the Flume and Isinglass book awards, new YA books and programming ideas.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ending 2016 With More RTG Kit Titles

This month we’ve added four new kits to the READS-TO-GO program:

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart, hosted by Nesmith L., Windham

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, hosted by Hooksett P. L.

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman, hosted by Derry P. L.

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, hosted by Rochester P. L.

Book these, or any of the more than 150 RTG kits, through NH KitKeeper.

–Diane Mayr

Call for Proposals: ACRL- New England 2017 Conference

NHLA librarians! Is anyone collaborating with a college library in their area? Come share at the ACRL-NEC Annual Conference next May in Burlington, VT! Let’s widen the scope of librarianship across public, school, special and academic libraries. With ever increasing budget cuts on all fronts, how can we pool resources to serve the public and our students and fulfill our mission as libraries?

The Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter (ACRL New England Chapter)
invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2017 ACRL-NEC Annual Conference

“Reframing Librarianship in the 21st Century”

Friday, May 12 @University of Vermont Conference Center, Burlington, VT

It is an era of reinvention for college and research libraries. Whether we work in cataloging and metadata, scholarly communication, archives, public services, instruction, or another area of librarianship, we have all heard a rhetoric of crisis, transformation, and rapid change applied to our work. The challenges we face have provided an opportunity to refocus on the foundations of our profession: our purpose and our areas of expertise. In reflecting on and redefining our work and ourselves, we are reframing librarianship for the 21st Century. This exciting topic will be kicked off by keynote Suzanne Wones, Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovations at Harvard Library.

The Program Committee is interested in receiving proposals for presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and posters that speak to the following questions:
• In this era of reinvention, how are we reframing ourselves, the work that we do, and our libraries?
• How are we communicating around this shift within our institutions and beyond?

Topics might include, but are not limited to, the reframing of:

• Our professional identities and roles within the library, on campus, and in society
• The development and provision of library and archives collections to users
• Cataloging and metadata practices
• Efforts around diversity and inclusion in our profession and on our campuses
• LIS education: Are we graduating technologically- and information-literate librarians?
• Professional development, collaboration, training, and supervision
• Research and publication in library and information science
• Education and advocacy on issues of scholarly communication, copyright, and licensing
• Public services: liaison, instruction, and reference work
• Data services and the library’s role in research data management, data education, and open data
• Assessment, and our role in broader institutional efforts around student success and retention, accreditation, and learning outcomes
• The institutional context of the academic library, including institutional structures, cross-departmental collaborations, and faculty status issues

Staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to submit proposals. To submit a proposal, follow this link: ACRL-NEC Proposal Submission Form

The deadline for proposal submission is midnight on Dec 2, 2016.

Questions should be directed to the ACRL/NE CPC Programming Committee:
ACRL-NEC CCP Program Committee

Karin Heffernan -SNHU
Maric Kramer-Wheelock College
Mike Kemezis-Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Erica Cataldi-Roberts-MCPHS
Kathy Layer-Western New England University
Andrew Haggarty-Anna Maria College

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Our Mission

Intellectual Freedom Committee Mission & Responsibilities

The mission of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the New Hampshire Library Association is to uphold principles of intellectual freedom in New Hampshire by offering education, advocacy and support to New Hampshire’s libraries.
The Committee offers educational opportunities to librarians in the areas of intellectual freedom principles, censorship, patron privacy and confidentiality, and policy development.
The Committee publicizes and promotes American Library Association initiatives such as Banned Books Week and Choose Privacy Week, and shares national information related to intellectual freedom and open access.
The Committee also provides support to any NH library facing an intellectual freedom challenge.

RTG NHKitKeeper Update


The KitKeeper online booking system is now up and running with 40 reservations recently placed. To learn more check the RTG blog.

If you have specific questions relative to your bookings and/or hosted kit, please contact the NH KitKeeper team, Brianna Hemmah, Martha Simmons, and Mat Bose by email, or by phone at the Hooksett Library (485-6092).

–Diane Mayr

Carl Heidenblad receives Geisel Award


left to right: Denise VanZanten, who submitted the nomination on behalf of GMILCS, Inc.; Carl Heidenblad; Amy Lapointe, NHLA Awards Chair; Jenn Hosking, NHLA President

At the 2016 Annual meeting at the Hooksett Public Library, Past President Amy Lapointe announced Carl Heidenblad as the recipient of the 2016 Ann Geisel Award of Merit. All those traveling north on Route 3 enjoyed seeing Carl’s name flashing on Hooksett’s electronic billboard.

The Ann Geisel Award of Merit is given to an individual, group or organization that has made significant contributions to the New Hampshire library community. This award is named in the memory of Ann Geisel, who personified “distinguished service to the New Hampshire library community.”

Past Ann Geisel Award of Merit recipients have improved all New Hampshire libraries through their efforts as library professionals and Carl’s name clearly belongs among those ranks. One nomination described him as “an extremely knowledgeable administrator who makes the job of running a town library seem easy.” Several nominators mentioned his relationships with people, leading with a positive attitude and showing people genuine respect. He’s a good listener. He challenges his staff to discover and develop their talents. He leads with honesty, respect and courtesy, not just on good days, but every day. He has vision, embracing news ideas and trends, anticipating changing needs as the community evolves.

Carl has worked beyond his local library and has served on the board of several organizations including MerriHillRock, NHLA and GMILCS, and last year worked with NELA as a NELLS mentor.

Many, many New Hampshire librarians view Carl as a mentor, a leader, a friend and a trusted resource. Because he has been there for so many with advice, friendship, support, words of wisdom and, very importantly, a sense of humor, NHLA is pleased to celebrate Carl Heidenblad as the 2016 recipient of the Ann Geisel Award of Merit.

NH KitKeeper Is Live!

Congratulations to Matt, Martha, and Brianna at Hooksett P.L. for getting this new service up and running! Please be aware that all bookings must be made by a NH public librarian–not an individual cardholder. Please direct any and all questions or comments to and check the READS-TO-GO site for additional information. Happy book-kit booking! –Diane Mayr

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,

Brianna Hemmah
READS-To-Go Committee Member
Library Assistant – Hooksett Library

Martha Simmons
READS-To-Go Committee Member
Technical Services Assistant – Hooksett Library

Mathew Bose
READS Treasurer
Assistant Director – Hooksett Library