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.”
The CHILIS Spring Conference information and registration form are now available! The Conference, which will be held on Thursday, March 17th at Southern NH University in Manchester, will feature the Kids, Books and the Arts Showcase, Rapid Reviews of Children’s and Teen Titles, and the CHILIS Librarian of the Year presentation. The deadline to submit your registrations is March 7, 2011.
The CHILIS Board is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award. Please consider nominating someone you know who has provided outstanding library service to youth in New Hampshire. Each year, CHILIS recognizes an exceptional youth librarian who helps to contribute to enriching library service for children and/or teens. The Librarian of the Year is announced at the CHILIS Spring Conference, which will be held on March 17, 2011 at Southern NH University in Manchester.
If you would like to nominate an individual for this award, please visit the award page for full criteria and the nomination form. Nominations should be postmarked no later than January 28th. Questions about the award may be directed to any member of the CHILIS board.
The Young Adult Librarians of NH (YALS) are sponsoring a 2011 Teen Video Challenge promoting the Teen Summer Reading Program theme “You are Here.” Check out the YALS website for more information.
Well, we made it to August! As your reading programs wind down and wrap up, please take a few minutes to fill out our 2010 summer reading evaluation questionnaire. All evaluation forms received by September 24th will be entered into a special raffle happening at the CHILIS fall conference. (You don’t have to be present at the conference to win the raffle.)
Speaking of the fall conference, it will be taking place on Thursday, October 28th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Somersworth, NH. The morning session will be “Merchandising and Marketing Your Public Library Space,” presented by Michael F. Roche of the Vermont Department of Libraries. In the afternoon, Rick Van Wickler, Superintendent for the Cheshire County Department of Corrections, will present “Dealing with Difficult/Aggressive Patrons.” For more information, see our agenda and registration form.
Unless this is your first visit, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve made a few changes to the CHILIS website. The site navigation is now more consistent, making it (presumably) easier to find what you’re looking for. We are also putting news updates on the front page now, instead of the separate newsletter page. You can subscribe to these updates via email or RSS. Take a look around; if you have questions, or thoughts about how we can improve the site further, let us know.
The CHILIS Board has printed boxes of notecards featuring four of the many images from past Summer Reading Program posters. We are selling the packets of 12 note cards (3 of each design) for $10. The cards made their debut at the Spring Conference, but if you missed that chance, or just would like some more of these lovely cards, use this form.
This fundraiser replaces the sale of NH Summer Reading t-shirts, which previously funded the NH Summer Reading Program. Since CHILIS underwrites the costs of NH’s participation in the Cooperative Summer Library Program, we need to continue to raise money to support this program.
Enjoy the note cards. They make great gifts, and you don’t have to worry about choosing the right size!
The 2010 winners of the Great Stone Face and Isinglass book awards were announced at the New Hampshire Library Association’s annual spring conference on May 13th and 14th. 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 Swindle by Gordon Korman. The winner of the Isinglass Teen Read Award, chosen by teens in grades 7 and 8, is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
The Great Stone Face and Isinglass websites have further information, including:
- lists of the 2010-2011 nominees
- lists of past winners
- award criteria
- committee information
- order forms for things such as bookmarks and posters
Those are just a few of the resources available, so do take advantage of those sites. If you have additional questions or feedback, the chairs’ contact information is available here.
The CHILIS Spring Conference, featuring the Kids, Books & the Arts Showcase, was held on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Southern NH University in Manchester. The food was tasty, the venue great, and once again, we enjoyed the entertainment provided by our KBA roster artists.
Congratulations to Carol Sanborn, Children’s Librarian at Hampton Falls Free Library, who was honored with the CHILIS Librarian of the Year Award. Carol was selected by the CHILIS board after considering many worthy nominees, and the award was presented at the conference. Here’s what Carol’s director, Judy Haskell, has to say about her colleague:
“Carol is the embodiment of all the qualities desirable in a perfect youth librarian: she possesses a sunny disposition; an understanding of children’s developmental needs; a love of children’s literature; an appreciation for parental concerns; exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail; a sense of humor; a caring manner; a strong desire to learn; and a willingness to be of assistance to both patrons and staff. Carol has created a Youth Services department that is the envy of many libraries. Her insight, dedication, energy, and ability to relate to all age groups have made her an invaluable part of our library and what we offer to the community.”
You make us all proud, Carol! As a colleague you are friendly, caring, and generous—not to mention funny! Thank you for sharing your many talents with us.
The Ladybug Picture Book Award is given out each year by the Center for the Book at the NH State Library, and is designed to promote early literacy and honor the best in recent children’s picture books. The nominees for the 2010 Ladybug Picture Book Award are:
- All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee (Beach Lane Books, 2009)
- Bad Boys Get Henpecked by Margie Palatini and Henry Cole (Katherine Tegen Books, 2009)
- Birds by Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek (Greenwillow, 2009)
- The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick, 2009)
- Creaky Old House: A Topsy-Turvy Tale of a Real Fixer-Upper by Linda Ashman and Michael Chesworth (Sterling, 2009)
- The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School by Laurie Halse Anderson and Ard Hoyt (Simon & Schuster, 2009)
- Otis by Loren Long (Philomel, 2009)
- Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Story of a Girl Who Floated) by Florence Parry Heide and Lane Smith (Schwartz & Wade, 2009)
- Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! by Maureen Wright and Will Hillenbrand (Marshall Cavendish, 2009)
- Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart and Constance R. Bergum (Peachtree, 2009)
Voting takes place in November. For more information, visit the Ladybug Award page at the Center for the Book website.