Welcome to READS!

Reference and Adult Services Section


Newly activated READS-to-Go kits!

The following kits have recently been made active in NH KitKeeper!

  • Catch of the Day by Virginia Bennett (hosted by Meredith Public Library
  • Jojo Unplugged (hosted by Enfield Public Library)
  • Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty (hosted by Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson)

Coming soon: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Another Brooklyn, and Rust: the longest war


Recognizing Excellence in Adult Services

Nominate a librarian who goes above & beyond for adult patrons for the READS Award of Excellence!

The purpose of the READS Award of Excellence is to recognize outstanding contributions by an individual who has been instrumental in improving library services to adults. 

Criteria for the award include: 

  • Currently employed in a New Hampshire library in one of the following categories: public, academic, correction, or corporate
  • Nominee may be a librarian or library support staff member
  • Nomination shall describe nominee's professional performance as a NH library employee
  • Individuals may only receive the award once
  • Current READS Board members are not eligible.

Click here to nominate someone for the READS Award of Excellence!

The completed nomination form must be submitted by Monday, June 30, 2024

For more information about the award, feel free to contact READS Past President Sue Harmon at sharmon@manchesternh.gov.


Contribute Your Expertise! Get Involved with READS

Learn more about how you can get more involved with READS in the New Year!

Public Relations Chair: READS needs YOU as our next Public Relations Chair. Craft compelling newsletters, build a thriving social media presence, and lend a hand to our awesome committees, all while working alongside a dedicated group of librarians. The approximate time commitment is 2-3 hours per month. 

READS-To-Go: Connect with fellow readers! READS-To-Go seeks readers to assist with selecting and managing book kitsto support book discussion groups throughout the state, both community and library sponsored. The approximate time commitment is 2 hours per month in addition to reading time. 

Programming Committee: Shape the future of READS events! Join the Programming Committee and curate engaging experiences for our members. From finding inspiring speakers to choosing the perfect venues, you'll create unforgettable professional development opportunities for the NH Library community. The approximate time commitment is 2-3 hours per month.

To learn more about these opportunities, please contact READS President, Brianna Hemmah at bhemmah@laconialibrary.org. We can't wait to welcome you to the READS family!


Board Members and Committee Chairs 2024

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

President:
Brianna Hemmah, Laconia Public Library
(603) 524-4775
bhemmah@laconialibrary.org

Vice President/President-elect:
Jane Martina, Hooksett Public Library
(603) 485-6092
jmartina@hooksettlibrary.org

Past President/Award of Excellence:
Sue Harmon, Manchester City Library
(603) 624-6550
sharmon@manchesternh.gov

Secretary:
Sarah Frost, Laconia Public Library
(603) 524-4775
sfrost@laconialibrary.org

Treasurer:
Tanya Griffith, Hollis Social Library
(603) 465-7721
director@hollislibrary.org

Membership Chair:
Liz Ryan, Derry Public Library
(603) 432-6140
lizr@derrypl.org

Programming Chair:
Eileen Gilbert, Belmont Public Library
(603) 267-8331
belmontpl.director@gmail.com

Public Relations Chair:
Stephanie Rinehart-Joseph, Nesmith Library
(603) 432-7154
srinehart@nesmithlibrary.org

READS-To-Go Chair:
Martha Simmons, Hooksett Public Library
(603) 485-6092
msimmons@hooksettlibrary.org

Website Coordinator:
Alexa Moore, Amherst Town Library
(603) 673-2288
amoore@amherstlibrary.org