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 kidsreads.com 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!”

Derry Public Library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Class of 2016

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!

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Fall Conference registration is now open!

Click on the story-time owl for conference information!

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 Memoriam

 

Nancy LangIn 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.

Great Stone Face news…

Click on the image above to see the complete voting results!