NH Flume Award Winner

The 2014 Flume Award winner is:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The 2015 Flume Award nominees are:

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Selection by Kiera Kass
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Winger by Andrew Smith
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Brochures and Bookmarks are on the Flume webpage.

NH Isinglass Teen Read Award Winner

If you haven’t already heard…

The 2013-2014 Isinglass Teen Read winner is: In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth.

Nominees for the 2014-2015 award are:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Strike 3, You’re Dead by Josh Berk
Blink Once by Cylin Busby
The Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher
The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz, and Jack & Ruth Gruener
In the After by Dimitria Lunetta
Starters by Lissa Price
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Reboot by Amy Tintera
Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance
Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace
What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang


With the turnover in library personnel, I realize that new people may not be familiar with the various Facebook pages that have been set up for NHLA members.


NHLA https://www.facebook.com/NHLibrarians
READS-TO-GO https://www.facebook.com/ReadsToGo (see also the RTG blog readstogo.org)
CHILIS (NH Children’s Librarians) https://www.facebook.com/NHChildrensLibrarians

The NHLA pages have content posted almost daily!

Other Facebook pages of interest:
NH State Library https://www.facebook.com/nhstatelibrary
NH Downloadable Audiobooks https://www.facebook.com/nhaudiobooks
NH School Library Media Association https://www.facebook.com/NHSLMA
NH State Council on the Arts https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Hampshire-State-Council-on-the-Arts/282108585036
NH Humanities Council https://www.facebook.com/nhhumanitiescouncil
NH Writers Project https://www.facebook.com/nhwritersproject

If you know of other pages of interest to librarians, please add to the comments. –Diane

2014 Great Stone Face Award (click the image for the final tally)


GSF 2014 winner

Bedtime Math

Bedtime Math, a nonprofit organization whose mission is “To help kids learn to love math so they can become capable adults is partnering with CSLP this summer. In addition to helping kids avoid the summer slide in reading, libraries are being encouraged to help families keep their children’s math skills from diminishing as well.

Bedtime Math did an excellent presentation at the annual CSLP meeting that Kristin Readel and I recently attended in Biloxi.  One statement that stuck with me was this: “Children’s math skills at kindergarten entry are a better predictor of school success than reading skills or attention span.”  As librarians, we should be helping families develop these math skills along with reading skills.

Even if you don’t purchase the “Summer of Numbers” chart designed for this year’s summer reading program (available on the CSLP website), you can print out some free promotional materials on the Bedtime Math site that let parents know about Bedtime Math’s nightly math problems (which require reading as well!)

Here is a link to the “Summer of Numbers” program that was designed for this year’s Fizz, Boom, Read program.  And here’s a link to a poster for parents.

For more information, visit the Bedtime Math website.

Isinglass Award Voting

Voting for the Isinglass award will take place April 13-19.
Please be sure to scan the tally sheet and return them via email to Nancy Bergeron (nkb@metrocast.net) by April 20th.

Downloadable/Printable Voting sheets and Tally sheets are available on the Barrington Public Library website.

Five New Kits




We have five new kit titles! See the announcement here.

Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder that there’s a YALS Meeting  this week:

Thursday, March 27 at Tracy Memorial Library, New London.
9:30 a.m. refreshments, 10:00 a.m. meeting

Hope to see you there!

Scientific Storytimes and Stories

Hi CHILIS folk. I meant to get this entry out to you a couple of weeks ago.  Luckily, we still have plenty of time before Summer Reading to implement these awesome science storytime ideas into our plans, and order these delightful sciencey books.  And by plenty of time I mean “AAAAAH IT’S ALMOST APRIL!”

The  Spring Conference this year boasted of our own panel of librarians presenting storytime ideas and new books for the scientific Fizz Boom Read theme.  First up we had three presenters with four storytime themes for Preschoolers and Toddlers.

Lisette from the Dunbar Free Library shared her “Light and Sun” themed preschool storytime.  She took us from beginning to end, introducing us to her preferred opening song (from Linda Adamson’s Love to Sing, Love to Dance), and her storytime feathered friend Rhythm Bird:

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She shared the read-alouds she’d pick for this theme, and talked us through sharing the simple science in them.

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She also shared her craft ideas (spectrometer craft, stained glass craft) and story-stretchers.  Her complete storytime plan with tips can be found here.

Next up, Judy from the Converse Free Library in Lyme showed us her Bubbles & Suds storytime, where preschoolers can make this easy and fun colored bubbles project (a la a lava lamp):
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She also took us from top to bottom with her “Hello, How Are You” song, her puppet friend Riley Raccoon, and read-alouds:
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It’s safe to say we all enjoyed blowing bubbles from the audience as her “charges” too.

Our last storytime presenter was a two-fer: Meg from the Richards Free Library in Newport showed us a Preschool option and a Toddler option.  For Preschool, the theme was Weather, which brought out the “Big Books.”

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She also shared her introduction song, her read-alouds, and her weather chart craft (sadly still stuck at snow).

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For Toddler Time, she showed us her “My Senses” theme, including a homemade “flannel board” made out of a music stand, felt, and laminated print-outs.

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Meg’s storytime plans can be found here (Weather) and here (My Senses).  If you want to hear more from her, head over to her blog Miss Meg’s Storytime.

Lastly, Nina from the Thornton Public Library and Tara from the Campton Public Library presented some brisk book-talking on books for kids and teens that fit nicely into the science theme.  You can view their full bibliography here.

Thanks to all the librarians who presented at the Spring Conference this year.  Please comment if you have more Science books and storytime ideas to share!



NHLA Spring Conference Reminder

Hello, NH Librarians!

Time is running out to register for the 2014 NHLA Spring Conference at the beautiful Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa on April 23rd and 24th! Registration deadline is April 11th. To guarantee a room at the Inn, make your reservations (mention the NHLA conference to get the discount) by Monday, March 24th.

Remember, you can register online using Paypal, or

Download the registration form and mail it in.

Be sure to check out our schedule of the events, and

read the program descriptions.

All of the 2014 Spring Conference information is available at the NHlibrarians.org Website under the Conferences tab. Hope to see you there!