The Great Stone Face (GSF) Committee, sponsored by CHILIS, is comprised of volunteers who love to read children’s literature, and who have an understanding about children’s interests, needs, and issues. Committee members form a cross-section of differing skills, knowledge, and life experience. Members are children’s librarians from public and school libraries. Members are expected to be on the committee for at least one year.
Committee members are expected to participate in the nomination process, to evaluate a large number of books (approximately 100+ books), to read all the nominated books, to attend monthly meetings, to actively participate in book discussions, and to write book talks that are presented at the Great Stone Face Tea.
2017 Committee Members
Colby Memorial Library, Danville, NH
Sara Zoe Patterson
Dondero Elementary School, Portsmouth, NH
Merrimack Public Library Merrimack, NH
Rye Public Library, Rye, NH
Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth NH
Bedford Public Library, Bedford NH
Sarah Hydorn, Chair
Amherst Town Library, Amherst NH
Tracy Memorial Library, New London, NH
Weeks Memorial Library, Greenland, NH
Catherine Ryan, Secretary
Danforth Library/NEC Henniker, NH
Lucia Von Letkemann
Wiggin Memorial Library, Stratham NH
The Chair of the committee is chosen by the members to represent them at the CHILIS Board meetings and at the fall and spring CHILIS conferences. The chair presides over the Great Stone Face Tea, and keeps the members informed of any news relating to the GSF Award. The Chair is also responsible for staying in contact with NH public and school libraries, as well as contacting publishers. The Chair presides over the monthly GSF meetings and has the same responsibilities as other members.
The Secretary of the committee is chosen by the members and is responsible for recording the minutes of each meeting. The Secretary maintains and distributes the consideration list. The minutes and the monthly consideration list are sent to each member within one week after a meeting. The Secretary keeps the reviews for each book nominated until the final list is determined. The Secretary presides over meetings when the Chair is not available.
New members are always welcome on the GSF Committee. There is a commitment involved, as we attempt to read every book brought to the table. Meetings are held on the second Friday of every month at the Bedford Public Library. Contact Sarah Hydorn if you are interested.