The Great Stone Face (GSF) Committee, sponsored by CLNH, is comprised of children’s librarians from public and school libraries who love to read children’s literature, and who possess an understanding of children’s interests, needs, and issues. Members form a cross-section of differing skills, knowledge, and life experience.
Committee members participate in the nomination process by reading and evaluating books and by taking part in the discussion of these books at monthly meetings.
Lucia Von Letkemann, Co-Chair
Wiggin Memorial Library, Stratham, NH
Nancy Sheridan, Co-Chair
Colby Memorial Library, Danville, NH
Catherine Ryan, Secretary
Danforth Library/NEC, Henniker, NH
Hooksett Public Library, Hooksett, NH
Amherst Town Library, Amherst, NH
New London, NH
Weeks Memorial Library, Greenland, NH
Amherst Middle School, Amherst NH
Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH
The Co-Chairs of the committee are chosen by the members to represent them at the CLNH Board meetings and at the fall and spring CLNH conferences. Between them, the chairs preside over the Great Stone Face Tea, keep the members informed of any news relating to the GSF Award, and are responsible for responding to any inquiries from CLNH members and the public at large. The chairs preside over the monthly GSF meetings and have the same responsibilities as other members. (The co-chairs are elected for 4 year staggered terms, so that there is always one “older” chair and one “newer” chair serving together. Thus, every 2 years, one new co-chair is elected, while one co-chair steps down after a completing their 4-yr. term.)
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 will preside over a meeting if both co-chairs are unavailable.
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 monthly from August to March. Contact a committee chair if you are interested in serving.