On Thursday May 17, 2018 public and school librarians of CLNH and NHSLMA assembled at Pats Peak in Henniker, NH for the CLNH Spring Conference 2018. As the first conference as part of our transition to holding the KBA Showcase in the fall, we had a full slate of presentations with valuable information for attending members. ALRAN Books was also on hand to sell copies of Grace Lin’s books and some Great Stone Face nominees.
Our President, Letty Goerner, started the day with the Spring Business Meeting to review the accomplishments of CLNH over the past year and call for members to consider running for election to the executive board, and be voted on at the next conference. We will be looking for new vice-president/president-elect, co-treasurer, and website editor, so anyone interested should contact the Executive Board.
The Librarian of the Year Award was also presented to …(drum roll)… Rachel Baker of the Elkins Public Library in Canterbury, NH! Rachel was immensely deserving of the award, and was just as grateful and honored to be receiving it.
Grace Lin presented her talk “Putting Books to Work” to tell us about her personal story and experience with writing diverse books and how to help them circulate in libraries. One exciting method for promoting books with children is putting on a reader’s theater, complete with props. Brave NH librarians volunteered to participate in telling the story of her book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
Kirsten Cappy of I’m Your Neighbor Books presented methods and materials for using children’s literature to welcome immigrants, refugees, and any other “new arrival” families to a community. In addition to providing free resources for collection development, the organization has materials for book processing and an example of a “Welcoming Library” that has been circulating through the state of Maine.
After lunch, it was time for the Great Stone Face Tea! As part of a wonderful collaboration with NHSLMA this year, Justine Thain facilitated a live stream of the award presentation through YouTube, and the recording of the announcement and booktalks of new nominees can be seen below.
The winner of the 2017-2018 Great Stone Face Award is Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier! In a rare landslide, this title earned more than twice as many votes as the runner-up. Members of the Great Stone Face Committee presented lively and engaging booktalks and provided new promotional materials, such as the new brochure and voting ballot. Be sure to find more information about the new slate of GSF nominees here, which can be found on the CLNH website through the dropdown ribbon menu under “Awards.”
Special thanks for a great conference go out to the beautiful venue of Pats Peak, our presenters Grace Lin and Kirsten Cappy, ALRAN Books, the many NHSLMA members who attended, the CLNH Executive Board, and the supportive membership.