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Category: Annual Meeting and Elections

READS Fall Conference 2017

READS Fall Conference 2017

Tuesday October 10, 2017 9am-3:30pm
NH Audubon McLane Center 84 Silk Farm Road Concord NH

Day’s Schedule and Presenter Information (Word)
Day’s Schedule and Presenter Information (PDF)


Transforming Stacks for Better Book Discovery Amy Lapointe and Sarah Leonardi, Amherst Town Library
Presentation slides

Comics in the library  Robin Brenner, Brookline (MA) Public Library
Presentation slides
Core Titles

Marketing collections through social media

Lunch with a local author Virginia Macgregor
Presentation slides

De-Deweying:  How one library moved away from decimals to natural language and lived to tell the tale Natalie Ducharme, Laura Stevens, and Alison Baker, Kelley Library, Salem
Presentation slides

Four of our presenters are published authors!
Know their work beforehand.

Falling for Collections Author Reading List (Word)
Falling for Collections Author Reading List (PDF)

Local Author Collection Development Policy Samples (Word)
Local Author Collection Development Policy Samples (PDF)

2016 READS Annual Meeting Minutes
2017 Proposed Bylaw Changes

Save the Date READS Fall Conference

Falling for Collections

Tuesday October 10, 2017 9am-4pm
 NH Audubon McLane Center 84 Silk Farm Road Concord NH

On the agenda:

READS Award of Excellence
Creating Effective Displays
Alternatives to Dewey
Robin Brenner, librarian and founder of No Flying, No Tights
Local authors Virginia MacGregor and Jessie Crockett
Q+A about READS-to-go and Kitkeeper

Registration opens at the end of August.

READS Award of Excellence

It’s time to celebrate excellence!

Let’s show our appreciation for dedication, creativity and hard work by paying tribute to library staff members who provide outstanding library service to adults.

Nominate a library colleague for the
2017 READS Award of Excellence

Deadline for nominations: June 30, 2017
extended to August 31, 2017

The winner of the READS Award of Excellence will receive a plaque, gift card and a year’s paid membership to NHLA and READS.

Details and nomination form are available at:                                          

READS Award of Excellence

READS Award of Excellence 2016                 

People often think that librarians read all day. Perhaps in a perfect world! The truth is, we do a lot more. I believe all librarians are heroes: every librarian is a hero to someone, whether a harried parent, a student with a project due tomorrow, or a job seeker. Librarians serve the public in many ways.

So what makes these nominees special?  They all go above and beyond, in small ways and large, for individuals, for communities, and for the wider world. Our friends and colleagues are nominated for sharing more of themselves, for doing always a little bit more for each person, for their libraries, and for this splendid profession we all love.

This year’s nominated librarians:

  • Taught guitar and tie-dying; Promoted library services
  • Demonstrated egg decorating; Engaged patrons in lifelong learning
  • Offered crafting classes; Wrote grants, edited newsletters
  • Organized scam-awareness and foot clinics for seniors
  • Trekked through blizzards to conduct book discussions – literally!
  • Developed delivery programs for the homebound
  • Created programs to connect tech-savvy teens and tech-support seekers
  • Initiated services that directly improved lives, and shared that knowledge
  • Connected with and improved ever-widening circles of lives with energy, creativity and generous spirits

These are just a few of the actual accomplishments of our 5 Award nominees for 2016. Please join me in congratulating these outstanding achievers:

  • Schuyler Selden Kingston Community Library,  Kingston
  • Carolyn Crocker Lebanon Public Libraries,  Lebanon
  • Nancy Norwalk Philip Read Memorial Library,   Plainfield
  • Karen Frey                       Nesmith Library,   Windham
  • Karen Ryan                     Wiggin Memorial Library,   Stratham

I’d like to thank all the people who took the time to write these thoughtful and very impressive letters to nominate such talented and dedicated librarians.

Our winner this year was selected for outstanding contributions to the advancement of library services. In addition to many regular and “Superhero” supervisory duties, this individual has created and managed programs that benefit seniors, homebound patrons, and teen patrons, and succeeded in connecting teens who can share their technical expertise with seniors in need of tech assistance. The winner also established and promoted a “Books on the Run” program to provide services to the homebound, and often shares that knowledge and experience with library peers, resulting in improved services not only in the local community but also in the wider library community.

Hats off to our 2016 READS Award of Excellence winner:

Karen Frey from Nesmith Library in Windham.  Congratulations, Karen!

2016: READS acting Past President, Myra Emmons (right) presents the READS Award of Excellence to recipient, Karen Frey (left), Circulation Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator at the Nesmith Library. Karen accepted her award at the READS Fall Conference which took place at the Hooksett Public Library.