Congratulations to our new CHILIS Board!

For the full Board, click on the image.

Executive Board (voting members)

President:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kristen Paradise, Rodgers Memorial Library
194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH 03051

Liz Gotauco, Merrimack Public Library
470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054

Immediate Past President:                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tara McKenzie, Conway Public Library
15 East Main St/PO Box 2100, Conway, NH 03818

Nicole Giroux, Derry Public Library64 East Broadway, Derry, NH  03038

Judith G. Russell, Converse Free Public Library
38 Union Street, Lyme, NH 03768

NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

After months of planning by a committee of 10 NH librarians, the NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten project is ready to be launched! We have created a resource page that will help you begin or continue a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy program in your community. We are also taking orders for canvas bags that can be used as incentives for families participating in this project at your library. The deadline to order bags is September 23, 2015. Bags will be sent to libraries the end of October. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Hoey.

2015 Summer Reading Evaluations

If your library offered a summer reading program for any age level, please complete the online evaluation–after you have concluded your summer reading program. This evaluation form can be found on the summer reading tab’s drop down menu above on the CHILIS website.

Please complete this evaluation even if you did not use the CSLP theme. We not only use your feedback to help improve CSLP’s services and products, but we also need to compile statistics about summer reading programs for federal reporting purposes.

You will not be able to make a copy of your responses, so you may want to save your data and responses in a different document as you enter information into the online form.

Thank you so much for all of your help!

Great Stone Face 2015-2016 power point

The GSF power point slides are now available through the Award menu above, or by clicking here.

NOTE: You do NOT have to create an account with Dropbox to view our public files.  Just click the X in the upper right corner to close the registration/log in window.

And the 2014-15 Great Stone Face winner is…

Escape-From-Mr.-Lemoncellos-Library Congratulations to Chris Grabenstein, author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library! We’re already mentioned on his website and his Twitter feed, @CGrabenstein,  too!

With 762 votes, Mr. Lemoncello narrowly edged out Cardboard, the graphic novel by Doug TenNapel, followed by Mathlete vs. Athlete, by W.C. Mack.

For the complete tallies, and information on next year’s nominees, click on Awards in the menu above, then select Great Stone Face Book Award.

Thanks to all who participated!

Conference follow-up: Comics and Graphic Novels

Hi everyone,

Very belatedly, here is the electronic copy (PDF) of the graphic novel booklist provided at the Spring Conference.

A couple of people asked if I could share the Power Point presentation I put together, to use for sharing with parents, trustees, anyone else who might benefit from knowing more about the power of graphic novels for readers.  If you wish to use it, don’t hesitate to email me and I’ll send it over.

Here are two resources I highly recommend (they are in the booklist, but here are direct links).

For your info, but more importantly for parents: “Raising a Reader” by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

For your info: David Serchay’s book A Librarian’s Guide to Graphic Novels for Children and ‘Tweens. This book goes far beyond collection development and gives a great history of comics and graphic novels, good research stats on why they’re beneficial to libraries and readers, and more.

Lastly, a couple of things I didn’t mention:

1. Circulating comic books:  We talked about the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel, but I didn’t ask if anyone is circulating comic books in addition to their graphic novel collection?  This past fall we had a great opportunity to add comics to the Children’s Room thanks to donations from our local business Merrymac Games and Comics.  As with any new collection, kids are still testing the waters.  But it’s been a very fun addition and well received.  Here is a photo of our books, as you can see, we keep them in their traditional “bag and board” packaging, partly to honor comic shops and partly to keep them from wilting (like our magazines).

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This is a photo from when we first debuted the collection – it’s grown quite large now!

2. Graphic Novel Book Clubs:  I’ll be debuting a book group dedicated to graphic novels, for grades 5-10, this summer.  If you’ve done something similar, please comment about it below!  I’ll keep you all updated on how it goes.

Good luck with your summer planning, and please comment with any thoughts or questions!

Best wishes,
Liz Gotauco, Merrimack Public Library

Great Stone Face Award Voting

Your local voting results should be sent to Sarah Hydorn at the Amherst Town Library by April 30, 2015.  The tally sheet is available through the drop down menu above (under Awards>Great Stone Face>2014-2015 Nominees>Voting Tally Sheet) or by clicking here.  (You may have to refresh the page to view the updated tally sheet, if you have previously viewed it.)

Voting ballots are also available through the same menu path as above.

The New Hampshire School Library Media Association invites members of CHILIS to attend an afternoon of children’s programs at the NHSLMA’s annual conference on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester from 1:15-4:30.
The afternoon will feature the Great Stone Face Tea and book talks by Chris Rose. Attendees will also be able to visit the exhibits, the Children’s Book Review and the bookstore.
Cost of registration is $35 for CHILIS members only. Number of registrants is limited, so send your registration form along with a check for $35 payable to NHSLMA to Ann Hoey at the State Library by April 30, 2015.




CHILIS Spring Conference handouts

Here are some handouts that were made available by presenters at the CHILIS Spring Conference.

SRP TASK LIST-’15 Handouts and prizes-2015 SummerReadingResearch2

Spring Conference 2015 Pictures

Pictures from the Spring Conference can be viewed here: