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.

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Spring Conference 2015 Pictures

Pictures from the Spring Conference can be viewed here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kh4jw7l430zwu68/AACxBNClJT_oetcBPS8nc2Bpa?dl=0

 

CHILIS Spring Conference 2015 Committee Reports

Please read  CHILIS Committee Reports before the CHILIS Spring Conference Business meeting on March 5.

CHILIS Spring Conference: March 5, 2015

Please join colleagues and friends at the CHILIS Spring Conference, which will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Southern NH University in Manchester.

The morning offers programs about graphic novels and the nuts and bolts of summer reading as well as the presentation of the CHILIS Librarian of the Year Award. The afternoon features the Kids, Books and the Arts Showcase.

We are asking you to complete both an online registration as well as a brief printed form to be sent with your registration check.  Register online at http://tinyurl.com/2015CHILISSpringConfreg, then fill out this form to send with your check.

Conference Schedule and Directions to SNHU can be found here.

The conference registration deadline is Friday, February 20, 2015.

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CHILIS On-the-Move Book Club Kits

Do you have multiple copies of a children’s book that a book discussion group would welcome? Are you willing to lend this set of books to another public library in NH?  If you answered yes to these two questions, please consider adding this book to the CHILIS On-the-Move Book Club holdings in NHU-PAC. You just need to complete a survey, and your information about the title will be entered into the statewide catalog. To enter the book titles, please visit the CHILIS On-the-Move Book Club Kit page, also located under the Resources tab above.

If you want to borrow a kit, you can search for one using NHU-PAC. Kits are sent via the van just like any ILL item.

Summer Memories

Our Fall conference is less than 48 hours away, but there’s still time to share some summer memories.  Thanks to the libraries who submitted photos of their children’s staff Fizzing, Booming, and Reading! If you would like to submit a photo to add, you can email me at liz@merrimacklibrary.org.

Here’s David at Barrington, deflecting LED throwies they made with their teens.  Later on, he dyed his beard blue and shaved his head when the kids read more than the teens.

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Kristen and Wendy at Barrington show off whirligigs made from recyclables.

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At Haverhill, they made firework art:

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Emily and Kathy at Kimball prepare for a school visit in their science gear.

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Kathy is covered in reptiles and bugs because her kids met their reading challenge. Yikes!
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Greenfield creates a quilt out of their past summer reading T-Shirts.

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Peterborough enjoyed timeless experiments like bouncing eggs and soda geysers.

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Moultonborough’s patrons were greeted by a robot, constructed by the library’s maintenance staff!

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Our July 4th parade in Merrimack was the wettest it’s been, so my Mad Scientist was extra mad.

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A patron sent in this colorful photo from one of our Storytimes in the Park.

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Angie and Steffaney got geared up and channeled Einstein for their school presentations.
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The kids at Littleton made marble runners from cardboard tubes:

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Looks like everyone had a fun summer! Looking forward to hearing about the activities you’ll be sharing this fall.

Best wishes,
Liz
Merrimack Public Library

 

CHILIS Fall Conference Registration now closed

fall costumeFor those of you attending, we look forward to seeing you on the 9th in Greenfield for a great day with Starr LaTronica, M.H. Herlong, and wonderful, talented colleagues from around the state.

Wear something fall-ish for a discount on your raffle tickets!

For directions and the agenda, click HERE.