How do they dress, anyway? Probably a lot like children’s librarians when it comes right down to it! Wear something “scientific” to the CHILIS spring conference on March 6 and receive a discount on raffle tickets. Join in the fun and support CHILIS at the same time.
The CHILIS Spring Conference is only weeks away! If you have not yet sent in your registration form, you can download it right here!
The conference is Thursday, March 6, from 9 to 4:30, at the SNHU campus in Manchester. Don’t miss all the fun: Librarian of the Year presentation, the ever-popular CHILIS raffle, and the invaluable KBA showcase. We’ll have presentations of sample STEM-related story times for this summer and rapid reviews of thematic titles. Yummy food, friendly colleagues, and plenty of laughs–who could ask for anything more?!
See you there! (Deadline for registration is February 21.)
Judy Russell | Converse Free Library, Lyme | CHILIS Conference Co-chair
Hello fellow children’s librarians,
This past October, I was lucky to be able to attend the NELA Annual Conference in beautiful Portland, ME. One of the best parts of the conference was getting to see Portland’s gorgeous library and their amazing Maurice Sendak exhibit, as well as the city’s bookmobile service! Here are some photos to share for those who weren’t able to see.
Here’s a small sampling of some of the artwork on display, which included not only work from his children’s illustrations, but his theatrical designs, and even drawings from a high school Shakespeare project.
They had a huge selection, mostly of popular books and movies. I spoke to the staff, who were very enthusiastic to talk up the service. They reported that they serve a wide variety of ages, including school kids, families, and the elderly. While they keep most popular stuff shelved, they also take their “regulars” into account and stock up on their favorites too. They pack a lot of materials into one van! The service desk, as you can see, is right behind the driver and passenger seats, for easy “swivel” access! It was a highlight of the trip.
Thanks for reading!
- Liz, Merrimack Public Library
The 2014 Kids, Books and the Arts Roster includes 12 presenters who will do programs for NH libraries during the “Fizz Boom Read!” summer reading program. Libraries can apply for grants to bring these presenters to their communities this summer by completing an application by Friday, March 28 at 4 pm. For information about the presenters and their programs as well as the grant application, please visit the Kids, Books and the Arts page on the State Library website.
The manuals for the 2014 CSLP Summer Reading Program were distributed at the CHILIS Fall Conference. Librarians who have not received a set of manuals should contact Ann Hoey at Ann.Hoey@dcr.nh.gov
Thank you, Gail Bourn and Beth Strauss, for the informative presentation on Common Core and the School-Library connection!
Here’s the presentation: Common Core Presentation
At the fall CHILIS business meeting, I reported on the Fundraising Committee’s plans for the coming year. I explained how we have submitted on grant to provide mini-grants. We hope to submit additional grants and to solicit gifts from businesses and individuals. You can help us write compelling appeals by sharing your ideas and stories by filling out this short survey.
Here is a link to the survey:
Thank you for your assistance!
CHILIS’s greatest strengths lie in its energetic, committed, and generous members.
During this exciting yet challenging time for libraries, CHILIS is leading New Hampshire Youth Librarians to quality library service to children and their families.
Our achievements this year include three excellent readers choice lists for youth, two stimulating one-day conferences, an exciting summer reading program, and the selection of inspiring and accomplished Debbie Lafford from the Pelham Public Library as the CHILIS Children’s Librarian of the Year. These accomplishments are built on commitment to quality library service to youth and our beliefs that:
Only the best is good enough for children.
Meetings should be full of the gift of laughter.
An exchange of ideas is a basic ingredient of any meeting.
Libraries are changing fast. It seems that every day there is something new device or service for youth librarians to buy and incorporate. Just as we anticipate and embrace the innovations of the future, CHILIS nurtures the traditional initiatives like summer reading programs and state readers choice awards that have helped to define us and continue to express our quality and core values. In the coming years, with shrinking resources and greater demands in our communities, the role of CHILIS in developing and supporting competencies cannot help but increase. Excellence and hard work of member volunteers will lead us into a bright and interesting future. I eagerly anticipate it, and thank you for the opportunity to lead CHILIS on this part of the path.
CHILIS Past President
Terrific FALL conference!!
There were some really great ideas for STEM programs shared at the conference, and we invite anyone and everyone to post their ideas and successes here in the comments section.
Pictures and speakers’ notes will be posted as soon as we receive them.
Here’s the handout for the Roman Arch project.
Please add your ideas!