The Derry Public Library recently held its first graduation ceremony for children who completed the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program by the end of August 2016. Considering the program launched in October, finishing in this short amount of time is quite the feat! Eight children finished within less than a year and the Children’s Department wanted to celebrate this special achievement with the children and their families. We plan to have a yearly celebration for all of the children who finish prior to the end of August, so that the graduation ceremony coincides with the start of the school year. That way, children who are beginning Kindergarten can receive their certificate prior to (or at least quite near) their first day!
With such a small group this year, we decided to have a short ceremony where each child was presented with an achievement certificate, a small literacy-related gift, a coupon for a free ice cream cone, and a sense of pride in their reading future. We designed a set of alphabet cards that we printed on cardstock and laminated. Each child was given a set of these, some Play-Doh, and a card with instructions on how to use the cards with Play-Doh to encourage playing with letters. Children can roll the Play-Doh into logs and then trace the letters to create words, giving a nice tactile experience with the alphabet! We also laminated each child’s die cut crayon that was used to mark their progress on our Milestone Wall. After removing their crayons, we made a “Class of 2016” sign with all of their names on to hang under the 1000 Milestone Marker. The families were very thankful for our efforts!
Click on the story-time owl for conference information!
Please join us at the Beane Center in Laconia on Thursday, October 27th for our annual fall conference, sponsored by Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire (CHILIS-NH).
This year, we’ll focus on protecting our youngest patrons with expert advice from local law enforcement and the New Hampshire chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. We’ll wrap up the day with a variety of ideas from seasoned professionals for taking your story times up a notch.
As always, we’ll conduct a business meeting, elect new officers, have raffles and delicious food, and ample opportunity for networking and sharing our successes and challenges.
See you soon! ~your CHILIS-NH Board
In July 2016, Nancy Lang, who worked at the Dunbarton Public Library as the Children’s and Teen Librarian, passed away after a battle with cancer. Probably no one in the NH library community had a longer tenure on the CHILIS Board than Nancy. Nancy joined the Board more than 15 years ago, and served in various roles including Newsletter Chair, Treasurer, conference photographer and CHILIS webmaster. Nancy’s “institutional memory” was invaluable, and she helped the Board grow as a governing body. Nancy gave countless hours toward the work of CHILIS and shared her wisdom and sense of humor with all of us. She welcomed new members to the organization, donated many items to conference raffles, and offered her technical expertise to many of our projects. She will be greatly missed, both by those of us who served with her over the years as well as by many children’s librarians around the state.
Click on the image above to see the complete voting results!
Check out the page NH Summer Reading & the Boston Bruins under the Summer Reading menu tab above for all the amazing details. Fun, prizes, and incentives for everyone. CHILIS thanks the Boston Bruins organization for its support of kids and reading in New Hampshire. When you read, you score!
You can now report the results of your school’s or library’s votes for the winner of the Great Stone Face Award by completing an online form at http://goo.gl/forms/J2JRwqYVqV . Please note: please use this form to report vote tallies. It should not be used to conduct online voting with kids.
By following the link provided, your vote tallies can easily be added to our totals, and the results can be quickly tabulated. Sarah Hydorn, who has been the official vote-counter for many years, is thrilled!! She strongly encourages you to use this option, although, of course, any vote tallies she receives, be they online, email, or snail mail, will be gratefully added to our totals. Please follow the link, take a look at the form, and enter your vote tallies as soon as you have them–we think you’ll agree that it’s easy to do!
As always, thank you so much for your participation—we couldn’t do it without you!
Deadline for vote tallies is April 30, 2016.
The winner of the Great State Face Award will be announced at the NHSLMA conference on May 12, 2016.
If you have questions, please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Look at all of you beautiful people!
The CHILIS Board would like to thank everyone who helped make Spring Conference 2016 such a smashing success, including:
- The raffle fairies for putting together such wonderful prizes
- Gail Drucker of Laconia Public Library and her daughter Moriah for coordinating the raffles
- The directors of Derry Public Library; Richards Free Library (Newport, NH); Wadleigh Memorial Library (Milford, NH); and Hopkinton Town Library for sharing their talented staff as presenters
- Our KBA performers for showcasing their talents
- Lisa Kleinmann of Durham Public Library for her outstanding service to children, which earned her the coveted Children’s Librarian of the Year Award – Congratulations, Lisa!
- All of the volunteers who helped out in the absence of a Conference Co-chair for Kristin
Storytime Under (Co-)Construction:
How to Rebuild Storytime to Put Children at the Center
Nicole Giroux, Head of Children’s Services at Derry Public Library, presenting on Whole Book Approach storytimes
Slides from Nicole’s presentation are available on Google Slides here: Storytime Under (Co-)Construction. You can also download her book list, which includes storytime suggestions and resources on picturebooks, here: Whole Book Approach Storytime Book Suggestions.
Panel: 1000 Ways to Early Literacy
1,000 Ways to Early Literacy Panel: Leigh Maynard, Head of Children’s and Youth Services at Hopkinton Town Library; Letty Goerner, Head of Children’s Services at Wadleigh Memorial Library (Milford, NH); and Mo Churchill, Youth Librarian at Richards Free Library (Newport, NH)
Have you started 1000 Books Before Kindergarten yet? What are you waiting for? Check out our resources page to get started, here: NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.
Stay tuned for more pictures and news from Conference!