Summer Memories

Our Fall conference is less than 48 hours away, but there’s still time to share some summer memories.  Thanks to the libraries who submitted photos of their children’s staff Fizzing, Booming, and Reading! If you would like to submit a photo to add, you can email me at

Here’s David at Barrington, deflecting LED throwies they made with their teens.  Later on, he dyed his beard blue and shaved his head when the kids read more than the teens.


Kristen and Wendy at Barrington show off whirligigs made from recyclables.


At Haverhill, they made firework art:


Emily and Kathy at Kimball prepare for a school visit in their science gear.


Kathy is covered in reptiles and bugs because her kids met their reading challenge. Yikes!

Greenfield creates a quilt out of their past summer reading T-Shirts.


Peterborough enjoyed timeless experiments like bouncing eggs and soda geysers.



Moultonborough’s patrons were greeted by a robot, constructed by the library’s maintenance staff!


Our July 4th parade in Merrimack was the wettest it’s been, so my Mad Scientist was extra mad.


A patron sent in this colorful photo from one of our Storytimes in the Park.


Angie and Steffaney got geared up and channeled Einstein for their school presentations.

The kids at Littleton made marble runners from cardboard tubes:


Looks like everyone had a fun summer! Looking forward to hearing about the activities you’ll be sharing this fall.

Best wishes,
Merrimack Public Library


READS Award of Excellence 2014

Mark GlissonCongratulations to Mark Glisson!

Mark is the 2014 recipient of the READS Award of Excellence. He is Information and Technical Services Specialist at Hooksett Library.

READS conference follow-up

Deb Baker’s presentation at the September 19 READS Fall Conference on “21st Century Reference and Adult Services” included small group discussions. Deb has collected and listed some of the great ideas shared in those groups: Small Group Ideas from READS Fall Conference (.docx file).

CHILIS Fall Conference Registration now closed

fall costumeFor those of you attending, we look forward to seeing you on the 9th in Greenfield for a great day with Starr LaTronica, M.H. Herlong, and wonderful, talented colleagues from around the state.

Wear something fall-ish for a discount on your raffle tickets!

For directions and the agenda, click HERE.

READS Fall Conference presentations posted

The slideshows that were prepared by speakers to show along with their presentations at the September 19, 2014 READS Fall Conference have been posted on our Resources page.

READS Annual Meeting documents

The READS Annual Business Meeting will take place on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:30 am as part of the READS Fall Conference.

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

Nine New Kits!

RTG crop

Today we are announcing nine new RTG kits to serve book discussion groups throughout New Hampshire!

READS Fall conference is full

READS Fall conference attendees:
Thank you all for your prompt response. We are at capacity. If you are registered for the conference you will receive an email from the registrar with reminders about carpooling; water bottles; etc.
See you all on Friday, September 19th at the Hooksett Public Library.

2014 NHLA Ballot

And without further ado, the 2014 NHLA Ballot.

Please keep in mind that all ballots should be returned to Laconia Public Library before October 29, 2014. For further information regarding proposed bylaw changes, to be voted on at the Fall Business Meeting on November 7, please refer to our September 3 post.

Constitution and Bylaws for Proposed Paralibarian Section

Please review the following documents before casting your ballot:

NHLA Constitution and Bylaws without Paralibarian Section 
NHLA Constitution and Bylaws with Paralibrarian Section

  • Should the membership vote both to accept the Paralibrarian section and to amend the bylaws, then they will be voting to accept NHLAConstitutionBylawsParaL.pdf.
  • Should the membership vote to amend the bylaws, but not to accept the Paralibrarian section, then they will be voting to accept NHLAConstitutionBylawsNoParaL.pdf
  • Should the membership vote to accept the Paralibrarian section, but not to amend the bylaws, then the current constitution and bylaws will be amended under “Article 3, Section A, Section Representatives” to include a Paralibrarian section representative in the executive board
  • Should the membership vote neither to accept the Paralibrarian section, nor to amend the bylaws, then the organization will be governed by the current constitution and bylaws with no changes