2015 YALS Spring Conference

It’s almost time for the 2015 YALS Spring Conference!
Click here for more information and to register.

The conference will be held on
Thursday, May 07, 2015
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
at Plaistow Public Library

Registration ends on April 30th.

Great Stone Face Award Voting

Your local voting results should be sent to Sarah Hydorn at the Amherst Town Library by April 30, 2015.  The tally sheet is available through the drop down menu above (under Awards>Great Stone Face>2014-2015 Nominees>Voting Tally Sheet) or by clicking here.  (You may have to refresh the page to view the updated tally sheet, if you have previously viewed it.)

Voting ballots are also available through the same menu path as above.

The New Hampshire School Library Media Association invites members of CHILIS to attend an afternoon of children’s programs at the NHSLMA’s annual conference on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester from 1:15-4:30.
The afternoon will feature the Great Stone Face Tea and book talks by Chris Rose. Attendees will also be able to visit the exhibits, the Children’s Book Review and the bookstore.
Cost of registration is $35 for CHILIS members only. Number of registrants is limited, so send your registration form along with a check for $35 payable to NHSLMA to Ann Hoey at the State Library by April 30, 2015.




CHILIS Spring Conference handouts

Here are some handouts that were made available by presenters at the CHILIS Spring Conference.

SRP TASK LIST-’15 Handouts and prizes-2015 SummerReadingResearch2

Spring Conference 2015 Pictures

Pictures from the Spring Conference can be viewed here:



New RTG Kits

Three new kit titles! Two fiction and one nonfiction and all highly discussable! As always, visit our site and Facebook page!


Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. The host library is Somersworth Public Library, call Michelle Baker or Debora Longo at 692-4587.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. The host library is Dover Public Library, call 516-6050.


Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson. This kit is hosted by Rochester Public Library, call Donna Hynes at 335-7550.

We have several other titles coming soon (they have sponsorship and are awaiting processing and cataloging), and, we are looking for a sponsor for Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan, a novel of the “unconventional” courtship and marriage of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny. Lots of good discussion with this title! If your library or group is interested, please contact me at dmayr@nesmithlibrary.org.


CHILIS Spring Conference 2015 Committee Reports

Please read  CHILIS Committee Reports before the CHILIS Spring Conference Business meeting on March 5.

ALA NH Councilor Report – Midwinter 2015 Chicago

I have summarized the Council proceedings below. If you are interested in reading more, the title of the report or the bolded resolution is a link to the full document,

Additionally, I had hoped to participate in a meeting with a representative of the IRS while in Chicago. A meeting had been scheduled for public librarians to voice concerns regarding the limited availability of tax forms and the impact that is having to libraries and their patrons. The 5th largest storm in Chicago’s history prevented the IRS representatives from flying in. While this was disappointing, Emily Sheketoff from the ALA Washington office is planning a conference call and I am hoping to participate in this later this month. Unfortunately, this may be too late to adequately assist our patrons this year.

ALA contends that they don’t have programming at Midwinter,  but they find some great speakers. I was able to hear Scott Bonner, Director of the Ferguson Public Library speak in a session titled “Leading in Times of Crisis.”  Bonner led the audience through the timeline from the day Michael Brown was shot through the days after the grand jury findings were released stopping to give us time to think about what we would do. Did you know that he had been on the job just one month when Michael Brown was shot? He is a compelling speaker with a story to tell.

During my time in Chicago, three Council sessions were held. Additionally, I attended nightly Council Forums and a Chapter Councilor’s Forum and I am now serving on the ALA Council Orientation Committee. We met once and held an evening reception for councilors (cheesecake on a stick, anyone?).

Work Completed During Council Sessions:

Ninety minutes of Council I were devoted to a discussion session on ALA Strategic Directions in groups of 5 or 6. While I sometimes dread these general exercises, this proved fruitful interesting. Three areas were addressed: Advocacy, Information Policy, and Professional & Leadership Development. The conversations were around what would success look like in each of these areas and how might we get there.

An example for advocacy might be, “Success would be a school librarian in every school.” How do we get there? “Have librarians contact their senators and representatives. Not just school librarians advocating for themselves, but having academic librarians speak to the preparedness of students from schools with and without a school library when they reach college.” There were many ideas generated and turned into ALA President Courtney Young who will be synthesizing the information and releasing it soon.

Action Items voted on by Council during Midwinter:

A Resolution Denouncing Recent Assaults on the Freedom of Expression as Exemplified in the Attack on Charlie Hebdo. The was brought to Council by J. Douglas Archer, Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee. It is on page 5 of the Report of the IFC Report (linked above). Council approved this resolution. I voted yes.

A Resolution Urging Library Directors to Encourage and Support United for Libraries Memberships for Each of Their Trustees.  Brought to Council by Susan Schmidt, United for Libraries Councilor. Council approved the resolution. I voted yes.

Resolution on Preserving Public Access to Scientific and Technical Reports Available Through the National Technical Information Service. Brought to Council by Vivian Winn, Chair of the Committee on Legislation. It can be found on page 3 of the Committee on Legislation Report (linked above). Council approved the resolution. I voted yes.

Resolution Recognizing and Supporting United Nations, Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Its 70th Anniversary.  Presented to Council by Loida A. Garcia-Febo. The full resolution can be found on page 4 of the IRC Report (linked above).

Resolution on the Destruction of Libraries and Schools in Gaza in 2014 presented by Jane Glasby, Councilor-at-Large. Resolution was defeated. I voted against the resolution.

Updated Accreditation Standards presented by Mary Stansbury, Chair of the Committee on Accreditation during her report to Council.

Updates to ALA Policy presented by Henry Stewart, Chair of the Policy Monitoring Committee. All three updates passed by Council. I voted yes.

Recommendation to place an amendment to the ALA Bylaws on the ALA membership spring 2015 ballot: Amend Article XII of the ALA Bylaws to state: Robert’s Rules of Order in the latest edition, shall govern the Association in all cases to which it can be applied and in which it will not be inconsistent with the Constitution, the Bylaws, or special rules of order of the Association. Council approved placement of this amendment on the ballot. I voted yes.

Reports presented to Council:

ALA President’s Report by Courtney Young, ALA President

ALA President-Elect’s Report by Sari Feldman, ALA President-Elect

Executive Director’s Report by Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director

Treasurer’s Report by Mario Gonzalez, ALA Treasurer

Budget Analysis and Review Committee Report by Pat Wand, Chair of BARC

Endowment Trustees Report by Rod Hersberger, Senior Trustee

Nominating Committee Report, Teri Switzer, Chair

Report of the Intellectual Freedom Committee by J. Douglas Archer, Chair of the IFC.

Report of the Committee on Legislation by Vivian Winn, Chair

Report of the Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion by Trevor Dawes, Chair.

Report of the International Relations Committee presented by Loida A. Garcia-Febo, Chair of the IRC.

Report of the Policy Monitoring Committee , Henry R. Stewart, Jr., Chair

Report of the Committee on Organization by Mary Rzepczynski, Chair

Report of the Freedom to Read Foundation by Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., Chair


As always, I am happy to answer any questions about the work of Council or questions about ALA. If I can’t answer your questions, I will find someone who can.

Respectfully submitted,

Amy Lappin

ALA Chapter Councilor, 2013-15

Deputy Director

Lebanon Public Libraries

Lebanon, NH


Help Select Titles for the Flume Award List

If you would like to help choose the final ten titles for the next Flume Award list, please join us at the selection meeting on Tuesday, March 17 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at Merrimack Public Library. We welcome those new to the Flume and anyone else interested in teen reading!

Please let Ann Hoey know if you can attend.

Flume Readers

If you are a teen librarian or someone who enjoys reading teen books, please consider becoming a “Flume reader.” “Flume readers” are those who are willing to read books on the nominated list of Flume Award titles and who are then willing to add comments about the books on the Flume wiki. The Flume selection committee uses feedback on the wiki to develop the final list of nominations. If you are interested in reading nominated books to help us select the final list, please visit the Flume wiki at http://flumeaward.wikispaces.com/, sign up to join the wiki, and then add your comments.

We are looking to develop the final list by March 17, so we need all comments by then. Thanks!

If you have any questions, contact:
Ann Hoey
Youth Services Coordinator, NH State Library