The CHILIS Fall Conference will take place on Thursday, October 18 at the Best Western Hotel in Hampton, NH. Hosted by Lorreen Keating of the North Hampton Public Library, the conference will offer diverse topics of interest to children’s librarians:
- Dealing with Patrons with Cognitive and Behavioral Challenges – Susan Mead, Community Educator & Outreach Director of Greater Nashua Mental Health Center; Ken Jue, retired CEO of Monadnock Family Services and Chairman of Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire
- Isinglass Book Talks with Isinglass Committee
- Luncheon Speaker/Book Signing – Steve Cotler, author of Great Stone Face nominee Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything
- Early Literacy Panel – Patty Falconer, Hampstead Public Library, Susan Laun, Portsmouth Public Library, Keene Public Library
Download the registration form for more information.
The Conference registration deadline is October 2, and registrations should be sent to Patty Falconer at the Hampstead Public Library.
The CHILIS Librarian of the Year award is presented annually at our spring conference to honor a current youth services librarian who has contributed significantly to enriching library services to youth in New Hampshire. The 2012 award went to Jan Streelman of the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham.
In her award presentation, President Kathy Tracy said—
The list of her accomplishments is long and includes countless dynamic programs, both in the library and in the larger community…. A standout mention by both nominators is her make a Make-a-Difference Club, which offers children the opportunity to engage in service projects for the community. Clearly her dedication to children must give her boundless energy! She has excelled in every area of librarianship…
Her director states, “This library would be missing a piece of its heart without Miss Jan and the community would be much poorer.” In her own nomination letter, her assistant director emphasizes how very special Miss Jan is to everyone—colleagues, parents, teachers, community members, and most of all the children. She states, “I cannot imagine a better friend and colleague than Miss Jan.”
Here are a few more photos from the spring conference:
Merrimack Children’s Librarian Yvette Couser and her husband Jonathan get ready to rock out to their summer reading song.
NH State Youth Services Coordinator Ann Hoey addresses the audience.
CHILIS board members Gail Drucker and Pam Stauffacher sell raffle tickets.
A few photos from the 2011 CHILIS fall conference:
Allison Aldrich and Hunt Smith
The photos were taken by Gail Zachariah (more here). Many thanks to Gail and the Keene Public Library for hosting the fall conference.
The CHILIS Spring Conference information and registration form are now available! The Conference, which will be held on Thursday, March 17th at Southern NH University in Manchester, will feature the Kids, Books and the Arts Showcase, Rapid Reviews of Children’s and Teen Titles, and the CHILIS Librarian of the Year presentation. The deadline to submit your registrations is March 7, 2011.
Well, we made it to August! As your reading programs wind down and wrap up, please take a few minutes to fill out our 2010 summer reading evaluation questionnaire. All evaluation forms received by September 24th will be entered into a special raffle happening at the CHILIS fall conference. (You don’t have to be present at the conference to win the raffle.)
Speaking of the fall conference, it will be taking place on Thursday, October 28th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Somersworth, NH. The morning session will be “Merchandising and Marketing Your Public Library Space,” presented by Michael F. Roche of the Vermont Department of Libraries. In the afternoon, Rick Van Wickler, Superintendent for the Cheshire County Department of Corrections, will present “Dealing with Difficult/Aggressive Patrons.” For more information, see our agenda and registration form.
The CHILIS Spring Conference, featuring the Kids, Books & the Arts Showcase, was held on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Southern NH University in Manchester. The food was tasty, the venue great, and once again, we enjoyed the entertainment provided by our KBA roster artists.
Congratulations to Carol Sanborn, Children’s Librarian at Hampton Falls Free Library, who was honored with the CHILIS Librarian of the Year Award. Carol was selected by the CHILIS board after considering many worthy nominees, and the award was presented at the conference. Here’s what Carol’s director, Judy Haskell, has to say about her colleague:
“Carol is the embodiment of all the qualities desirable in a perfect youth librarian: she possesses a sunny disposition; an understanding of children’s developmental needs; a love of children’s literature; an appreciation for parental concerns; exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail; a sense of humor; a caring manner; a strong desire to learn; and a willingness to be of assistance to both patrons and staff. Carol has created a Youth Services department that is the envy of many libraries. Her insight, dedication, energy, and ability to relate to all age groups have made her an invaluable part of our library and what we offer to the community.”
You make us all proud, Carol! As a colleague you are friendly, caring, and generous—not to mention funny! Thank you for sharing your many talents with us.