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Reference and Adult Services Section

READS Fall Conference

Mark your calendars for the READS Fall Conference! Join us on Friday, October 13th, at the Common Man in Plymouth, NH, for an insightful day of professional development that delves into the vital role of libraries in facing political and social challenges head-on. In an increasingly divided world, libraries have become centers of community conversation and controversy. We aim to equip librarians and library staff with practical strategies to handle these challenges candidly, respectfully, and effectively. We can't wait to see you there!

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The READS Programming Committee Wants You!

READS is once again looking for individuals to join the Programming Committee. This committee typically organizes 3-4 Roundtables, the Annual READS Fall Conference, and occasional event collaborations with other sections. Responsibilities include arranging for speakers, choosing venues and caterers, and reviewing surveys. The approximate time commitment is 2-3 hours per month.

Please contact Eileen Gilbert, Programming Committee Chair, at director@belmontpubliclibrary.org for more information or if interested.

Cast Your Vote in the 2023 READS Election

Voting is now open for the READS 2023 Election! Cast your ballot until voting closes on Tuesday, September 29, 2023. Join us at our Annual Fall Conference on Friday, October 13th, where we'll be sharing the election results for the 2023 READS Executive Board 

This year, the Vice President and Secretary positions are up for election.

The Vice President position is a three-year position which cycles through Vice President, President and Past President. Jane Martina is nominated for this position.

  • My name is Jane Martina, and I'm the Adult & Information Services Librarian at the Hooksett Public Library in Hooksett, NH. I recently started in this position at the Hooksett Public Library, and have twelve years of library experience overall. In 2020, I joined READS as the Public Relations Chair and have greatly enjoyed my time working with this section. During my time as Public Relations Chair, I have created the bi-monthly READS Newsletters, promoted READS events and resources through various channels, worked alongside my fellow Chair members to create the new READS Goodreads group, assisted with creating programming for the NELA/NHLA Joint Conference, and presented alongside my fellow READS Chair members at the NELA/NHLA joint conference, as well. It has been a pleasure to support the New Hampshire Library community at the state level over the past few years, and I hope to continue to connect my fellow NH librarians to information and each other as the READS Vice President/President Elect. 

The Secretary position is a two-year position. Sarah Frost is nominated for this position. 

  • Sarah Frost graduated from Clarion University with her MLS in 2020 and completed the New England Library Association’s (NELA) Emerging Leaders Summer 2021 cohort. She began her work in libraries in 2014 and is now an Adult Services Librarian at Laconia Public Library. During her time working in New Hampshire libraries, she served as Vice President, President, and Past President in NHLA’s Paralibrarian section. She is eager to become active in the New Hampshire Library Association again and is running for the position of Secretary for READS.
Cast Your Vote Here!


Board Members and Committee Chairs

To find out more about READS, please feel free to contact any of the members of the executive board.

President 2023-2024:
Sue Harmon, Manchester City Library
(603) 624-6550

Vice President/President-elect 2023-2024:
Brianna Hemmah, Laconia Public Library
(603) 524-4775

Past President/Award of Excellence 2023-2024:
Natalie Moser, Laconia Public Library
(603) 524-4775

Secretary 2022-2024:
Matthew Gunby, Meredith Public Library
(603) 279-4303

Treasurer (interim):
Tanya Griffith, Hollis Social Library
(603) 465-7721

Membership 2022-Present:
Liz Ryan, Derry Public Library
(603) 432-6140

Programming 2017-Present:
Eileen Gilbert, Belmont Public Library
(603) 267-8331

Public Relations 2021-Present:
Jane Martina, Wadleigh Memorial Library
(603) 249-0645

READS-to-Go 2023-Present:
Gail Zachariah, Keene Public Library
(603) 352-0157

Website Coordinator 2019-Present:
Alexa Moore, Amherst Town Library
(603) 673-2288