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Don’t forget NHLA has a Facebook page where lots of information is posted. You’ll find information such as this:

The Fall 2013 READS conference “Bookmarks of Professionalism” will be held at Franklin Pierce University on October 25, 2013. Registration information and final conference details will be distributed in a mailing in August. Contact Carol Roberts : for more information.


A Celebration!

We’re celebrating the 4th of July this week, and, we’re also celebrating the addition of four more RTG kits to the program!The latest titles are:

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

This kit is made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Library Association. It is hosted at the Baker Free Library, Bow, 224-7113.



The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

This kit was sponsored by the Friends of the Bath Public Library, and is hosted at the Bath Public Library. Please call to book the kit, 747-3372.



State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.

This kit is made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Library Association. It is hosted at the Bethlehem Public Library. Please call 869-2409, or email to book the kit.


The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown.

This kit is made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Library Association. It is hosted at Gordon-Nash Library, New Hampton, 744-8061.



We have remaining grant money from NHLA for one more kit. If your library has not hosted a kit and is willing to take on hosting duties, please contact me at


Photo by David Hepworth.

Our Latest Batch of New Titles

You now have more than 80 RTG kit titles to chose from, including these three new additions:22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson. Of this historical novel set in postwar England, a New York Times review says,

It is Hodgkinson’s portrait of the primal bond between mother and child, her visceral understanding of the gorgeous, terrible weight of love mothers must carry, war or no war, secret or no secret, that leaves an indelible impression.

The kit is hosted by the Blaisdell Memorial Library in Nottingham, 679-8484.

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland. This historical novel set in early 20th century New York. The author has conveniently collected reviews of the book, along with links, here. The kit is sponsored by the Hillstown Co-op, and it is housed at the Weare Public Library, you can call 529-2044 or email to reserve.

[Note: if you’re ever in Orlando, FL, be sure to visit the exquisite Tiffany Wing at the Morse Museum–it’s even better than Disney World! And, it makes the reading of Clara and Mr. Tiffany more meaningful if you see the works that are mentioned in the book!]

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante. Contemporary fiction about a women suffering from the slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease. There’s also a mystery involved! A New York Times review has a nice discussion of unreliable narrators, and ends with this, “The twists and turns of mind this novel charts are haunting and original.” The kit is sponsored by the Merri-Hill-Rock Co-op and is housed at the Kimball Library in Atkinson, 362-5234.

Two out of the three new kits are sponsored by library co-ops. If your co-op might be interested in sponsoring a kit, please contact to discuss.


Nominate a colleague for the READS Award of Excellence!

The Award of Excellence is presented to a library staff member who provides outstanding service in the reference or adult services area. The award will be given at the READS Fall Meeting on October 26, 2012. Deadline for nominations is June 1, 2012.

Award of Excellence Criteria

Award of Excellence Nomination Form

READS-TO-GO Redesign

The READS-TO-GO Facebook page has been redesigned for the timeline profile.  Please utilize the page to post kit needs and availability, weigh in on discussable titles, ask questions about book group management, etc.  The RTG blog remains the place to go to find lists of titles, reproducible discussion questions, etc.  –Diane

2012 READS spring roundtables

The spring READS roundtables, on the topic of continuing education, will occur at the following dates/locations:

Friday 3/30 at Rye Public Library

Friday 4/6 at Boscawen Public Library

Monday 4/9 at Weeks Library, Lancaster

How do librarians keep their skills current in the 21st century on a limited budget? Please consider attending one of these roundtables to discuss your continuing education concerns and/or to suggest free or cost-effective ways that you continue your own professional development.

The cost to attend the roundtables is $5 for a READS member, $10 for a non-member.  For more information and a registration form, please visit to download the registration form and obtain additional information. Registration deadline is March 23rd.


READS 2011 Annual Report of the President

READS membership continued to increase in 2011, with a new membership total of 203, up from 184 in 2010. Welcome to our new members!

The READS Executive Board began its year with change. Gaye Kulvete, READS president, resigned when she moved to North Carolina. VP/President-elect Pat Fickett filled the position of President, and a special election was held for a new VP/President elect. Myra Emmons of Brookline Public Library was elected to that position.

In 2011 the READS programming committee offered three spring Roundtable Discussions titled Purchasing and Weeding: How do you grow your collection?  The sessions, held in Wilton, Rye and Franklin were well attended.

The spring NHLA conference included four sessions sponsored by READS:
When to Call the Police, moderated by Lori Fisher
Read Any Good Books Lately by the Reads-To-Go Committee
Reading Woman: a Guide to Women’s Fiction presented by Nanci Milone Hill
“But I’ve Never Fixed a Carburetor! Readers’ Advisory Training for the General Practitioner” – presented by Nanci Milone Hill

These sessions were also well attended, and the evaluations gave positive feedback to all of them. Many thanks to those who planned and implemented these programs.

In reviewing its Mission Statement, the READS Executive Board has developed a plan for the implementation of “Pop Up Roundtables” to address current concerns of librarians in a timely manner. In addition to our regular Spring Roundtable programs, Pop Up Roundtables could occur any time a group of librarians wish to convene to discuss issues of immediate concern to the membership. Monitoring the NHAIS listserve, and responding to the requests of READS members will be the methods used to identify topics for discussion.

READS-T0-GO added 10 new book discussion kits in 2010. In addition, they submitted a proposal to NHLA for funds to add 3 additional kits. NHLA responded by voting to fund 10 new kits.

The Nominating Committee has had four nominations for the 2011 READS award of excellence. The winner announced at the READS Fall Business Meeting is Thelma Tracy of the Weare Public Library.

The 2011 Executive Board includes:
President: Pat Fickett, Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library
Vice President/President Elect: Myra Emmons, Brookline Public Library
Secretary: Mary Cronin, Madision Library
Treasurer: Deann Hunter, Laconia Public Library
Past President: Linda Taggart, Nashua Public Library
Public Relations: Lori Fisher, Baker Free Library (Bow)
Membership: Emily Weiss, Bedford Public Library
Programming: Erin Apostolos, Meridith Public Library
READS To GO: Diane Mayr, Nesmith Library (Windham)
Conference Liason: Caitlyn Stevens, Bedford Public Library

Many thanks to the Executive Board for all their work This year. Linda Taggart is completing her three year comittment to the board as VP, President and Past President. Thank you, Linda.

Emily Weiss, the Membership Chair is stepping down, having completed her term. She will be replaced by Kersten Matera. Thank you, Emily, for your years of service.

If you would like to serve on any of the READS committees please see Erin Apostolos (programming), Lori Fisher (public relations), Diane Mayr (READS TO GO) or Kersten Matera (membership)

Respectfully submitted

Patricia Fickett

Pat Fickett, Director
Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library
Wilton, NH


Two new kits are announced today on our blog and Facebook page!

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!