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RTG NHKitKeeper Update

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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 nhkitkeeper@gmail.com, or by phone at the Hooksett Library (485-6092).

–Diane Mayr

Carl Heidenblad receives Geisel Award

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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 nhkitkeeper@gmail.com 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: http://www.eventkeeper.com/kitkeeper/index.cfm?curOrg=NHLA 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 nhkitkeeper@gmail.com 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

KitKeeper is officially live!

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: http://www.eventkeeper.com/kitkeeper/index.cfm?curOrg=NHLA 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 nhkitkeeper@gmail.com or by phone at the Hooksett Library (485-6092).

Your NH KitKeeper Team

READS-To-Go and KitKeeper – Second Phase

We are now engaging in the second phase of our KitKeeper site configuration process and we need your assistance.

Please visit the READS-To-Go blog for information on logging into your library’s KitKeeper account and checking the information we have listed for you.

Our goal is to launch the site by November 1, 2016!

Thanks for your help!

Teen Planning Presentation

teensreadHere is the Power Point Presentation that I put together to share at the Conference and then didn’t. It includes pictures of my teens at different events.  The last picture is of the group who attended our final Pizza party this past summer. Then I included the information on where to look for Youth Volunteer information.

I do want to mention that my Teens really love the Werewolves game, that Glenn Given from “Games by Play Date” first taught them.  They ask to play it almost every time we get together.

Teen Planning

And if you wish to read my notes – Teen Planning Presentation

 

RTG KitKeeper Phase 2

Dear NH Librarians,

Thank you for your interest in and support for the READS-TO-GO KitKeeper service.

We are now engaging in the second phase of our KitKeeper site configuration process and we need your assistance.

Please visit the RTG site for more information and instructions. Our goal is to launch the service by November 1, 2016, so please help us by complying with our request for information by Friday, October 21. With your help we can remain on target to launch the service this fall!

For questions about RTG KitKeeper, please contact nhkitkeeper@gmail.com

READS Award of Excellence

READS Award of Excellence 2016                 

People often think that librarians read all day. Perhaps in a perfect world! The truth is, we do a lot more. I believe all librarians are heroes: every librarian is a hero to someone, whether a harried parent, a student with a project due tomorrow, or a job seeker. Librarians serve the public in many ways.

So what makes these nominees special?  They all go above and beyond, in small ways and large, for individuals, for communities, and for the wider world. Our friends and colleagues are nominated for sharing more of themselves, for doing always a little bit more for each person, for their libraries, and for this splendid profession we all love.

This year’s nominated librarians:

  • Taught guitar and tie-dying; Promoted library services
  • Demonstrated egg decorating; Engaged patrons in lifelong learning
  • Offered crafting classes; Wrote grants, edited newsletters
  • Organized scam-awareness and foot clinics for seniors
  • Trekked through blizzards to conduct book discussions – literally!
  • Developed delivery programs for the homebound
  • Created programs to connect tech-savvy teens and tech-support seekers
  • Initiated services that directly improved lives, and shared that knowledge
  • Connected with and improved ever-widening circles of lives with energy, creativity and generous spirits

These are just a few of the actual accomplishments of our 5 Award nominees for 2016. Please join me in congratulating these outstanding achievers:

  • Schuyler Selden Kingston Community Library,  Kingston
  • Carolyn Crocker Lebanon Public Libraries,  Lebanon
  • Nancy Norwalk Philip Read Memorial Library,   Plainfield
  • Karen Frey                       Nesmith Library,   Windham
  • Karen Ryan                     Wiggin Memorial Library,   Stratham

I’d like to thank all the people who took the time to write these thoughtful and very impressive letters to nominate such talented and dedicated librarians.

Our winner this year was selected for outstanding contributions to the advancement of library services. In addition to many regular and “Superhero” supervisory duties, this individual has created and managed programs that benefit seniors, homebound patrons, and teen patrons, and succeeded in connecting teens who can share their technical expertise with seniors in need of tech assistance. The winner also established and promoted a “Books on the Run” program to provide services to the homebound, and often shares that knowledge and experience with library peers, resulting in improved services not only in the local community but also in the wider library community.

Hats off to our 2016 READS Award of Excellence winner:

Karen Frey from Nesmith Library in Windham.  Congratulations, Karen!

2016: READS acting Past President, Myra Emmons (right) presents the READS Award of Excellence to recipient, Karen Frey (left), Circulation Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator at the Nesmith Library. Karen accepted her award at the READS Fall Conference which took place at the Hooksett Public Library.

Save the Date: ACRL-NEC Annual Conference ~ May 12, 2017

SAVE the DATE!

The Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter (ACRL/NEC ) invites you to attend the 2017 Annual Conference, Reframing Librarianship in the 21st Century, being held Friday, May 12, 2017 at the University of Vermont Conference Center in 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.
Link to website: http://conference2017.acrlnec.org/

Passive/Active Ideas for Teens

teen-room-picmonkey-2014Katie Spofford of the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford has sent along the ideas she shared at the Fall conference.  So if you were unable to attend or just want to jog your memory, click below for all the details.

Active & Passive Programming Ideas