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And the 2014-15 Great Stone Face winner is…

Escape-From-Mr.-Lemoncellos-Library Congratulations to Chris Grabenstein, author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library! We’re already mentioned on his website and his Twitter feed, @CGrabenstein,  too!

With 762 votes, Mr. Lemoncello narrowly edged out Cardboard, the graphic novel by Doug TenNapel, followed by Mathlete vs. Athlete, by W.C. Mack.

For the complete tallies, and information on next year’s nominees, click on Awards in the menu above, then select Great Stone Face Book Award.

Thanks to all who participated!

Ladybug Picture Book Award — Nominations Wanted

Calling all New Hampshire Children’s Librarians!

Nominate your favorite picture book(s) for the 2013 Ladybug Picture Book Award.  Please nominate a picture book that meets the following criteria:

  • be published within the last three years (2010-2012);
  • be in print;
  • have both the book’s author and illustrator reside in the US;
  • possess strong child appeal;
  • have artistic quality with text that supports the illustrations;
  • not be a title previously nominated.

Please submit your nominations no later than Friday, January 25, 2013 by completing the form at the link below.

If you cannot get the link to work, please click here:  nomination form

Thanks for your support of the Ladybug Picture Book Award, sponsored by the Center for the Book at the NH State Library!

PLEASE NOTE: Nominations are ONLY accepted from NH Librarians.  Nominations from authors, publishers, and those from outside New Hampshire will not be accepted or considered.


Librarian of the Year & Spring Conference Photos

The CHILIS Librarian of the Year award is presented annually at our spring conference to honor a current youth services librarian who has contributed significantly to enriching library services to youth in New Hampshire.  The 2012 award went to Jan Streelman of the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham.

Jan Streelman - CHILIS Librarian of the Year 2012

In her award presentation, President Kathy Tracy said—

The list of her accomplishments is long and includes countless dynamic programs, both in the library and in the larger community….  A standout mention by both nominators is her make a Make-a-Difference Club, which offers children the opportunity to engage in service projects for the community.  Clearly her dedication to children must give her boundless energy!  She has excelled in every area of librarianship…

Her director states, “This library would be missing a piece of its heart without Miss Jan and the community would be much poorer.”  In her own nomination letter, her assistant director emphasizes how very special Miss Jan is to everyone—colleagues, parents, teachers, community members, and most of all the children.  She states, “I cannot imagine a better friend and colleague than Miss Jan.”

Congratulations, Jan!

Here are a few more photos from the spring conference:

Vyette and Jonathan at the 2012 Spring Conference
Merrimack Children’s Librarian Yvette Couser and her husband Jonathan get ready to rock out to their summer reading song.

Ann at the 2012 Spring Conference
NH State Youth Services Coordinator Ann Hoey addresses the audience.

Gail and Pam at the 2012 Spring Conference
CHILIS board members Gail Drucker and Pam Stauffacher sell raffle tickets.

Annie Donahue recieves 2011 Ann Geisel Award of Merit

The New Hampshire Library Association was proud to honor Annie Donahue, Library Director of UNH-Manchester, as the 2011 recipient of the Ann Geisel Award of Merit at the NHLA Fall Business Meeting on November 4th.

Annie Donahue - Ann Geisel Award of Merit

Annie is also an Assistant Professor at UNHM, having taught history courses, plus research and reference skills to students for the past 15 years. She earned a BA in Humanities from UNH, an MLS from Southern Connecticut State College, and an ALM with a concentration in Celtic Studies from Harvard University. Annie is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from Plymouth State University.

Annie has been actively involved with NHLA since 1991, serving as President in 2007 and Spring Conference Committee Chairperson from 2008-2011.

Several librarians and co-workers shared words of praise:

“Annie validated the organization for all types of libraries in New Hampshire, engaging academic librarians, public librarians and school librarians to be part of one organization and to serve that organization together.”

“Annie, always prepared and organized, taught me that serving the NH library community is an important part of being a librarian. Working with Annie taught me that we have a lot to share with not only our patrons and students, but our peers as well…Annie may not know it, but she has served as a mentor to me. Thank you, Annie for helping me become a better librarian.”

“Annie has helped to create a work environment that is warm and inviting, while maintaining impeccable professionalism. I am truly honored and grateful to have her as my Director.”

The Ann Geisel Award of Merit is given to an individual, group or organizations that has made significant contributions to the New Hampshire Library Community.

2011 READS Award of Excellence winner announced

The READS Award of Excellence Committee along with the READS Executive Board is very pleased to announce that Thelma Tracy of the Weare Public Library is the winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence.

Tracy, currently the Assistant Librarian at Weare Public Library, previously worked at the Concord Public Library and the Tucker Free Library in Henniker.  An excerpt from Tracy’s nomination, which was read at the READS fall conference on October 7th, included the following: “Thelma is the adult services go-to- person…she is a tireless advocate for the library, her performance always goes beyond what’s expected, she gets along well with staff and the public, and in spite of her awareness of the limitations imposed by the size and financial status of the library, she provides traditional and electronic service to patrons.”

For the past 7 years, the READS Award of Excellence has recognized outstanding contributions by a library staff member who has been instrumental in improving library service to adults. Nomination materials for the 2012 Award will be available in late Winter.  For more information, please

READS past president Linda Taggart (left), supervisor of reference services at the Nashua Public Library, presents Weare Assistant Librarian Thelma Tracy with the 2011 READS Award of Excellence.

READS Award of Excellence nominees

This year we have a terrific group of nominees for the READS Award of Excellence. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual who has been instrumental in improving library service to adults.

The nominees are:

  • Amy Bain, Library Assistant— Interlibrary Loan Coordinator, Baker Free Library
  • Kirsten Corbett, Reference Librarian, Lane Memorial Library
  • Lee Gilmore, Library Assistant II—Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Merrimack Public Library
  • Thelma Tracy, Assistant Librarian, Weare Public Library

Thank you to all who took the time to submit a nomination. We look forward to announcing the winner at the annual READS fall conference, Friday, October 7 at the Grappone Center in Concord.

It’s not too early to start thinking about nominations for next year. Nominating someone takes just a few minutes, but it’s a great way to recognize your colleagues’ hard work and successes. Anyone can submit a nomination—you don’t have to be a director or supervisor to support an amazing coworker. See the READS website for selection criteria or contact a READS board member for more information. See you in Concord!

Ann Geisel Award of Merit

It’s time to do something nice for someone deserving!

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.

The Ann Geisel Award of Merit recognizes librarians, libraries and other individuals that have contributed to the New Hampshire Library Association (NHLA) or the New Hampshire library community. Past Ann Geisel Award of Merit recipients have improved all New Hampshire libraries through their efforts as library professionals by providing library services or advocating for library issues within and beyond the state level.

For more information on the award, the nomination process and past winners, please check the NHLA web site (

Nominations are due September 1st, 2011 and can be sent to:
NHLA Awards Committee
Attn: Judy Haskell
c/o Local Government Center
P.O Box 617
Concord, NH 03302

Thanks for your consideration.

Book Awards 2011

The 2011 winners of the Great Stone Face and Isinglass book awards were announced at the New Hampshire Library Association’s annual spring conference on May 5th and 6th.  These awards are sponsored by CHILIS, and are chosen by youth from across the state.  The Great Stone Face Book Award winner, chosen by kids in grades 4 to 6, is Murder at Midnight by Avi.  The winner of the Isinglass Teen Read Award, chosen by teens in grades 7 and 8, is The Maze Runner by James Dashner.  Visit the Great Stone Face and Isinglass websites for information about the 2011-2012 nominees.

GSF and Isinglass Winners

CHILIS Librarian of the Year 2011

Congratulations to Gail Zachariah from Keene Public Library, recipient of the 2011 CHILIS Librarian of the Year award.  Gail was selected by the CHILIS board after considering many worthy nominees, and the award was presented at the spring conference in March.

Her colleagues wrote:

“Gail is at the heart of the library.  We are so proud of her.  She has served on the Newbery committee and other ALA committees.  Although hampered by ubiquitous budget constraints, Gail refuses to take no for an answer.  She overcomes obstacles whether this means finding volunteers to supplement staff hours or money to launch projects—she always achieves her goal.  She works tirelessly fueled only by her ever present cup of coffee.  She is deeply, deeply committed to the idea of intellectual freedom and especially committed to the youth of our community.  She is their advocate and support.  She is intuitive to their needs and concerns, she knows hundreds of our teens and children intimately and they are moved by her compassion and care for them.”

Gail Zachariah - Librarian of the Year

Congratulations, Gail!

2011 Award of Excellence nominations are open

The Reference and Adult Services Section (READS) of the New Hampshire Library Association is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Award of Excellence.  The Award of Excellence is presented to a New Hampshire library staff member who provides direct or indirect service to library users in the reference or adult services area.  The award recipient is recognized at the READS Annual Fall Conference.  Nominations will be accepted through June 1, 2011.  A list of criteria and the nomination application are available on the READS web site at  For additional information, please contact Linda Taggart, Past President of READS, at

Please consider nominating a colleague or staff person from your organization – this is a terrific way to recognize, state-wide, our often unsung heroes who provide excellent reference and adult services.  Plus it makes your library look good – and who can’t use that in these days of tight budgets!