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CHILIS Fall 2017 Conference


Storytimes and Early Literacy – Playful Learning For All

Please join us on October 19th, 2017 at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon, New Hampshire for our annual CHILIS fall conference. As usual, we will conduct our business meeting, have raffles, food and drinks, and plenty of time for connecting with our colleagues.

This year, we have engaged the fabulous Saroj Ghoting to lead an exciting, interactive workshop called “Storytimes and Early Literacy – Playful Learning For All.” Be sure to bring a few of your favorite storytime books to work with. You can learn more about Saroj here: and you can see the day’s schedule HERE.

The conference will start at 8:30 and wrap up at 4:00 p.m. Please familiarize yourself with the NHLA conference/class cancellation policy and let us know of any food allergies or considerations you may require.

You may register via Wild Apricot at this link:


CHILIS Members $50 | Nonmembers $60

If you need to pay by check, please fill out this form and make check payable to NHLA/CHILIS. Send both by van to Portsmouth Public Library attn: Susan Laun or mail them to Susan Laun c/o Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801. Thank you.

See you there!

CHILIS Spring Conference Registration Is Now Closed

We look forward to seeing 150 of you at The Derryfield School on Thursday, March 30th for our annual spring conference, sponsored by Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire (CHILIS-NHLA). This year, we’ll focus on advocacy with Christine Friese, Assistant Director of the Portsmouth Public Library, and Summer Reading best practices. The Kids, Books and the Arts afternoon showcase will feature 11 presenters, including magicians and puppeteers.

As always, we’ll conduct a business meeting and present the CHILIS Librarian of the Year Award. Our raffle prizes will include a complete set of 2017 Ladybug-nominated picture books, a Lego™ basket, and the annual prize of $300 toward the cost of your Summer Reading KBA booking.  All this plus delicious food and ample opportunity for networking and sharing our successes and challenges. For the full conference schedule, click HERE.

We have reached capacity. Thank you!

Congratulations to our new CHILIS Board!

For the full Board, click on the image.

Executive Board (voting members)

President:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kristen Paradise, Rodgers Memorial Library
194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH 03051

Liz Gotauco, Merrimack Public Library
470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054

Immediate Past President:                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tara McKenzie, Conway Public Library
15 East Main St/PO Box 2100, Conway, NH 03818

Nicole Giroux, Derry Public Library64 East Broadway, Derry, NH  03038

Judith G. Russell, Converse Free Public Library
38 Union Street, Lyme, NH 03768

Dream Big – Read: SRP Song 2012

At the spring conference, Yvette Couser from Merrimack Public Library, along with her husband Jonathan, performed a song they had written for the 2012 summer reading program theme, “Dream Big – Read!”  They were also kind enough to provide recordings of the song for us to use in our summer reading programs!

The songs are in MP3 format.  There is an instrumental version, so you can swap out the program and place names with your own events and local hot spots.  A lyrics sheet with chords is also included.  Enjoy!

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.

Summer Reading Inspiration

Are you ready to “Dream Big – Read!” this summer?  Maybe you were done planning your program February. Maybe you’re mostly done, but have a few more details to iron out.  If you’re like me, you make the big plans ahead of time, and work out the details a bit more last minute.  Wherever you are in your plans, you may want to take a look at the links below.  Maybe you’ll find an alternative to that mediocre book in your owl storytime, or a craft to replace one you may not have been thrilled with.  Who knows what you’ll find?


Beyond the manual, the Cooperative Summer Library Program (CSLP) website is the place to go for additional resources, graphics, fonts, and more. You do have to register to access all of the resources, but registration is free to anyone working in a NH public library.

[ edit: See Ann’s comment for information about the CSLP forums. ]

Books— has a decent list of books that go with the 2012 theme.  (Guess what?  You can find it on the CSLP website!)  Also, Ann Hoey had some suggestions on her Youth Services blog a few months back.

Flannel boards—

If you like to use flannel/felt stories and activities in your storytimes, there is no better resource than Flannel Friday.  Every Friday, a growing number of children’s librarian bloggers share their latest project, or an old favorite.  In March, they held a Dream Big – Read! Flannel Friday Extravaganza with bunches of night-themed flannel stories, as well as other programming ideas.

Crafts, decorations, and program ideas—

If you’re not using Pinterest as a programming tool, you are missing out.  Haven’t heard of it?  It’s a way to visually bookmark things you find on the web, but it adds a social aspect—you can view other people’s pins, follow people you like, and even “re-pin” things that others have posted.  Pinterest is a favorite of many children’s librarians across the internet, and it’s bursting with summer reading ideas.  I re-pinned some of my favorites as an example, but to each her own—I’m sure you will find ideas that I may have passed over.  Searching for “summer reading 2012” or “dream big read” or “cslp” will show you just how much is out there.

And for those of you who finished planning in February, you’ll be happy to know that there are people who are already getting started on their 2013 “Dig into Reading” plans!  Go crazy and get a jump on 2013!

What other resources have you used for your summer reading plans?  Tell us in the comments!

Scenes from the Fall Conference

A few photos from the 2011 CHILIS fall conference:

Lita Judge at the CHILIS fall conference
Lita Judge

Lita Judge at the CHILIS fall conference
Lita Judge

Allison Aldrich and Hunt Smith at the CHILIS fall conference
Allison Aldrich and Hunt Smith

Avi at the CHILIS fall conference

Avi at the CHILIS fall conference

The photos were taken by Gail Zachariah (more here). Many thanks to Gail and the Keene Public Library for hosting the fall conference.

CHILIS Annual Report 2011

The 2011 Spring Conference was held in March at SNHU in Manchester. We have found this to be a great place for showcasing the performers for the Kids, Books and the Arts grant. This past year, we weren’t able to work around the college’s spring break, but found we were able to successfully work around classes in session. 155 people attended the conference.

At the Spring Conference, Gail Zachariah from the Keene Public Library was named the 2011 CHILIS Librarian of the Year. In her nominating letter, Gail’s director, Nancy Vincent, wrote, “Gail is at the heart of the library….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.”

The 2012 Summer Reading Program theme is a night theme following the slogan, “Dream Big—READ!” CSLP Manuals and Upstart supply catalogs were handed out at the Fall CHILIS Conference. Ann Hoey and Amy Lappin represented NH at the CSLP business meeting in Scottsdale, AZ in April. Many items were discussed and voted on at the meeting including the slogan for the 2013 Underground children’s theme, “Dig into Reading.”

The Great Stone Face Committee has once again created a great list of 25 nominees for school year 2011-2012. The GSF Award spans grades 4-6, and maintains a standard of excellence in writing and kid appeal. The 2010-2011 GSF Award was presented to Avi for his book Murder at Midnight. A letter of appreciation from Avi can be found at

Maze Runner by James Dashner was the recipient of the 2010-2011 Isinglass Award. The Isinglass Award Committee is chaired by Amy Inglis, Barrington Public Library. The purpose of the award is to encourage middle school level students to read for enjoyment and promote a life-long love of reading.

The 2011 Fall Conference was hosted by the Keene Public Library at the Keene Marriott on Thursday, October 20, 2011. Programs included presentations by NH author Lita Judge and the musical group, Hunt and Allison who sang and encouraged us all to use music in our library programs and story times. The day ended with a charming presentation by GSF winner, Avi, who flew in from Denver, attending our conference waiving his speaking fees. The 74-year old author has written 72 books and continues to write every day.

During the morning’s business meeting the 2011-2012 slate of officers was voted in. The current President is Kathy Tracy from the Tracy Memorial Library in New London. Our new Vice President is Gail Zachariah, Keene Public Library. Nancy Lang, Dunbarton Public Library, continues to serve as the CHILIS Treasurer. Yvette Couser, Merrimack Public Library, is our secretary. Amy Lappin, Lebanon Public Libraries is the Past President. 105 people attended the meeting.

This past year, CHILIS awarded $500 scholarships to members, Lisa Houde and Patty Falconer. Both were for reimbursement of tuition and materials towards MLS degrees.

The 2012 Spring Conference and KBA Performers Showcase will be held on March 8, 2012 at SHNU. The Summer Reading Committee has chosen 10 performers for the roster.

CHILIS Membership stands at a healthy 187 with 44 new members this year.

Respectfully submitted,
Amy Lappin, CHILIS President 2010-2011, Lebanon Public Libraries

A thank-you letter from Avi

Avi, winner of the 2011 Great Stone Face Award for Murder at Midnight, sent a very kind letter of thanks to the committee and to the children of New Hampshire:

A thank-you letter from Avi

Handouts from the Summer Reading Kickoff

The kickoff for the “One World, Many Stories” summer reading program was held at the NHLA Spring Conference on May 6th. The presenters have submitted handouts from the program, to help you plan for the summer: