CLNH Librarian of the Year Award Nominations

It’s that time of year again! Please help us honor your amazing children’s librarian colleagues by nominating them for CLNH Librarian of the Year! Nominees for the CLNH Librarian of the Year Award must:

  • Be currently employed in NH as either a librarian or a library support staff member
  • Be a current CLNH member
  • NOT be a current CLNH Board member
  • NOT be a past recipient of the award.

Nominations must be received by April 2nd. The winner will be announced at the CLNH Spring Conference in May!

Please fill out the form below:


Contact CLNH Vice President, Sam Lucius,


From Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire President Letty Goerner:

At our Fall Conference, we asked for suggestions for a new name for our organization, which you were all absolutely wonderful about giving!  Out of the many stellar options, we have chosen one that really speaks to what we stand for as an organization.  We will be starting the process of changing from CHILIS to CLNH- Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire.  We will keep you updated as the changes happen.  Thank you all so much for being such an involved and wonderful membership!

The CHILIS website will be more formally changed to reflect the CLNH name change during a future website upgrade next year. Until then, our website will remain

Highlights from the Fall 2017 CHILIS Conference

On October 19, CHILIS gathered at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon and gave a warm farewell to Ann Hoey as she retired from the New Hampshire State Library. Best wishes were extended by outgoing CHILIS President Amber Coughlin (Lebanon Libraries) and Carol Sanborn (Hampton Falls) of the Seacoast Children’s Librarians. With gratitude, we gave a standing ovation to our longtime friend and advocate, Ann.

We welcomed new members into our fold and Amber handed over the gavel to our new President, Letty Goerner of Wadleigh Memorial Library (Gilford). To see the complete slate of officers and committee members, click HERE.

Saroj Ghoting, early literacy expert, provided outstanding training with her excellent presentation, “Storytimes and Early Literacy: Playful Learning for All.”

More to come!

CHILIS Fall 2017 Conference


Storytimes and Early Literacy – Playful Learning For All

Please join us on October 19th, 2017 at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon, New Hampshire for our annual CHILIS fall conference. As usual, we will conduct our business meeting, have raffles, food and drinks, and plenty of time for connecting with our colleagues.

This year, we have engaged the fabulous Saroj Ghoting to lead an exciting, interactive workshop called “Storytimes and Early Literacy – Playful Learning For All.” Be sure to bring a few of your favorite storytime books to work with. You can learn more about Saroj here: and you can see the day’s schedule HERE.

The conference will start at 8:30 and wrap up at 4:00 p.m. Please familiarize yourself with the NHLA conference/class cancellation policy and let us know of any food allergies or considerations you may require.

You may register via Wild Apricot at this link:


CHILIS Members $50 | Nonmembers $60

If you need to pay by check, please fill out this form and make check payable to NHLA/CHILIS. Send both by van to Portsmouth Public Library attn: Susan Laun or mail them to Susan Laun c/o Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801. Thank you.

See you there!

Summer Reading All-Stars Program

The NH Fishercats minor league baseball team and Grappone Automotive Group have partnered to find some reading All-Stars this summer! Kids can read 5 books to earn 2 free tickets to a Fishercats game on specific dates, courtesy of Grappone. Participating students with also receive a free pass to Canterbury Shaker Village. Forms must be submitted two weeks prior to the selected game. Find the form here.

Great Stone Face 2017 Award Winner!

And the winner is…

Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson! Click on Awards in the menu above and select Great Stone Face to get your copies of the new bookmarks, the brochure of the 2017-18 nominees, and more. Congratulations to Ms. Jamieson from the CHILIS-NHLA Board and our heartfelt thanks to Sarah Hydorn and the Great Stone Face Award Committee! Click on the cover image for the full review!

Great Stone Face Voting, 2016-17

Great Stone Face voting takes place during the month of April.  Ballots are cast by children in grades 4-6 in libraries and schools all over the state.  Librarians then tally those votes and send them to the Great Stone Face Committee for inclusion in the grand total.

The current contact for sending your votes is Sarah Hydorn, Amherst Public LibraryThe deadline for receiving votes is April 30, so if you are mailing your votes, please make sure to allow enough time for them to arrive.  The votes are tallied and the results are announced at the annual spring NHLA or NHSLMA conference. This year, we’ll announce the results at the NHLA Spring Conference on May 5.

Online voting is encouraged, but we are happy to accept votes via email or snailmail, too—whichever method you’re most comfortable using.  You may print out a tally form by clicking here. We appreciate your time and energy in promoting the Great Stone Face List in your town! The link to the online voting form is HERE.

This just in from the Great Stone Face Committee!
Online voting is EASY and FUN! We had great results with this new method of tabulating votes last year, and we’d like to get even more people participating in our online vote this year.  Sarah Hydorn promises that she’ll still email you, to let you know that, yes, your votes really did get added to the total—so we’re not losing the personal touch!  It’s just that with online voting, the actual counting is so much easier, and probably more accurate!  Give it a try—you’ll be glad you did.  And, we will be very glad you did!

CHILIS Spring Conference Registration Is Now Closed

We look forward to seeing 150 of you at The Derryfield School on Thursday, March 30th for our annual spring conference, sponsored by Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire (CHILIS-NHLA). This year, we’ll focus on advocacy with Christine Friese, Assistant Director of the Portsmouth Public Library, and Summer Reading best practices. The Kids, Books and the Arts afternoon showcase will feature 11 presenters, including magicians and puppeteers.

As always, we’ll conduct a business meeting and present the CHILIS Librarian of the Year Award. Our raffle prizes will include a complete set of 2017 Ladybug-nominated picture books, a Lego™ basket, and the annual prize of $300 toward the cost of your Summer Reading KBA booking.  All this plus delicious food and ample opportunity for networking and sharing our successes and challenges. For the full conference schedule, click HERE.

We have reached capacity. Thank you!

CeCe Bell Accepts the 2016 Great Stone Face Award!

October 2016 CHILIS Fall Conference

Luci Albertson, Bedford Public Library and 2016 Great Stone Face Co-Chair, receives fun thank-you gifts from outgoing President Kristen Paradise.

Sarah Hydorn, Amherst Library and 2016 Great Stone Face Co-Chair, receives similar thanks from outgoing President Kristen Paradise.

President Kristen Paradise says thank you to Susan Laun, Portsmouth Public Library and CHILIS Membership Chair, with a familiar can and white bag.

Kristen Paradise, Hudson Public Library and outgoing CHILIS President, expresses her appreciation to Kristin Readel, CHILIS Conference Co-Chair, with the same gifts.

Ann Hoey, Youth and Adult Services Coordinator at the New Hampshire State Library, receives a THANK-YOU DONUT AND SELTZER from outgoing CHILIS President, the thoughtful and creative Kristen Paradise.

Liz Gotauco, formerly of Merrimack Public Library and outgoing CHILIS Vice President, says goodbye with a seltzer cheer, as we wish her the best at her new position in Rhode Island.

Amber Coughlin, newly elected CHILIS President, accepts Kristen’s yummy thank-you gifts for her work as NERTCL Rep to CHILIS.

Sarah Hydorn introduces CeCe Bell, author and illustrator of the Great Stone Face Award-winning EL DEAFO, accepting the honor via video. Click on her picture to read Sarah’s speech.

Devon Chaffee, Executive Director of the New Hampshire ACLU, spoke on Privacy and Confidentiality of Children in Libraries.

Our luncheon speaker, the affable Paul Durham (LUCK UGLIES), titled his speech, “Teller of Fibs.”

Our panel for “Shine during Storytime:” Benjamin Van Vliet of Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon (music and movement), Tanya T. Roberts of Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford (crafts and games), and Carol Sanborn of Hampton Falls Free Library (puppets).

Carol Sanborn, doing what she does best!

A rapt audience.

A good time was had by “young” and “old!”