CLNH is a dynamic, curious, and active group of public and school librarians working in New Hampshire to provide the best possible library services to the children of our state. We believe:
- Only the best is good enough for children.
- Meetings should be full of laughter.
- An exchange of ideas is a basic ingredient of any meeting.
We, the members of CLNH, would like to invite you to join this wonderful organization. CLNH members are encouraged to take leadership roles, engage in activities, and enjoy sharing ideas and experiences with other librarians. We offer members the opportunity to be inspired and
There are many benefits to belonging to this group of your peers. Here are a few to consider:
- CLNH Website
- CLNH Facebook
- CLNH Listserv: CLNH has an e-mail discussion list where information, ideas, questions, etc. are posted to and by members daily. Click on the link to subscribe.
- Summer Reading Program Support: For children’s librarians, the Summer Reading Program is one of, if not THE, major program of the year. CLNH offers support through participation in the national Collaborative Summer Library Program and the Kids, Books, and the Arts project, which provides grant opportunities to have a performer at your library.
- Conference Opportunities: Twice a year, CLNH hosts or collaborates with other NHLA sections for a daylong conference for youth librarians. These conferences offer workshops, speakers, raffles, and vendors. CLNH members receive a discount on conference registration fees. New members attending your first CLNH conference will get $5 worth of raffle coupons as a welcome gift.
- Scholarships: CLNH offers a scholarship program for members who would like to take advantage of professional development opportunities, including library conferences, module courses offered by the State Library, and other continuing education offerings.
- CLNH On-the-Move Book Club Kits: CLNH members may borrow multiple copies of a large selection of titles.
- CLNH Librarian of the Year Award: Once a year a CLNH member is awarded the Children’s Librarian of the Year Award for outstanding service as a librarian and to their community.
- Professional Networking: There is nothing like the opportunity to toss around and share ideas, laughs, and experiences with your colleagues. Even carpooling to conferences or workshops can be a real boost!
- Informal Mentoring: As mentioned, CLNH is a great opportunity to engage with other librarians and benefit from everyone’s experience. Often this can take the form of informal mentoring among members, particularly those who may be new children’s librarians or new to NH Libraries.
The first step to becoming a CLNH member is to become a member of the New Hampshire Library Association (more benefits and opportunities!). Go to the NHLA website and click on Become a Member. Be sure to check the CLNH box and add your $5 to the fee schedule.