NHSLMA Newsletter

Winter 2017

New Hampshire School Library Media Association

NHSLMA's purpose is to broaden the professional knowledge, understanding and experience of its members, and to promote the improvement of instruction in the state of New Hampshire through the sound use of educational resources.
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NHSLMA Mission Statement

Click here to read the ALA definition of effective school library programs.

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In Memorium: Elsie Domingo

The NH School Library Community lost a very special member when Elsie Domingo passed away last week. She was the Dover Middle School librarian for many years, as well as the NHEMA/NHSLMA board member responsible for conference registrations and much more. In 2000 Elsie was named the New Hampshire School Librarian of the Year. The comments on the NHSLMA listserve are a testament to how much she meant to us.

"She was an infinitely kind, generous person.”

"Elsie had a heart of gold and I remember her with an abundance of warmth from our days together on the NHEMA/NHSLMA board."

"I remember Elsie quite fondly especially for her role at the conference registration table and always willing to do so much! I'm sure she touched the lives of many students.”

"Elsie was my mentor when I became certified as a school librarian fourteen years ago, and more importantly, she was my friend. She was one of the most positive and energetic people I’ve ever met, and was always learning and pushing the edge of what it meant to be a librarian even after she retired. What a loss for our community.”

A scholarship fund has been established in Elsie's honor. You can donate to this fund in the following ways:

~ Donate online by going to http://nhslma.org/donate (credit cards accepted) or going to the NHSLMA website and click on the "Donate" page found under ABOUT on the website menu (same link).

~ You may also mail a check to NHSLMA at PO Box 418, Concord, New Hampshire 03302

Please include your name so we can apply your donation in your name.

Click here to read Elsie's obituary: http://www.taskerfh.com/home/obituary/4130848

"Elsie was a special lady and we were all lucky to know her."

Get the SCOOP!

Created by the Maine State Library, SCOOP is a purchasing cooperative that helps public, school, academic and special libraries in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to purchase materials such as print media, multi-media, library furniture and equipment at a discounted price. The purchasing agreement does not include subscriptions or any materials that require a license. To take advantage of SCOOP purchasing arrangements, librarians should visit the SCOOP page on the Maine State Library’s website:


An individual library must contact a chosen vendor to establish a new account, specifying that it is a SCOOP member and citing that vendor’s reference number. Librarians should review exclusions and details for individual vendors. NH’s representative for the SCOOP contract is Bobbi Slossar. Please contact her with your questions and for the username and password at bobbilee.slossar@dcr.nh.gov

or 603-271-2143.

Looking Ahead to Library Camp ~ Summer 2017


Library Camp will be on Wednesday, August 16th at

The Institute for Political Science at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

This is going to be fun! And you know you want to be involved!

If you are interested in helping out with advance planning and/or volunteering on the day of Library Camp, please contact:

Etienne Vallée at etienne_vallee@hotmail.com


Justine Thain at justine.thain@sau15.net

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NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

If you drive by the Chesley Memorial Library in Northwood these days, you may see a big sign out front that says “Congratulations, Liam (or another child’s name), 1000 Books Read.” Chesley, like more than 100 other public libraries around the state, offers the NH 1000 Books before Kindergarten program. NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy initiative that encourages families to read to their young children and to use the resources of their public libraries. The project is based on the national 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative. NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is sponsored by CHILIS and the NH State Library, and supported by the Center for the Book at the NH State Library, the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, the NH Academy of Family Physicians, and NH Family Voices.

A committee of NH public children’s librarians planned the project, developing resources for librarians such as reading logs, bookmarks, book lists, and literacy calendars. Designed to make it easy for librarians to implement, the NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten project can be tailored to fit the needs of the community. Many libraries offer small incentives to families for completing certain milestones. One of these incentives is a canvas book bag that sports the program’s logo: a white-tailed deer, a design developed by a Concord Public Library staff member. Although the project was launched only a year ago, several libraries report that dozens of families have already completed the 1000 books goal. Libraries celebrate those who finish in different ways from graduation ceremonies to colorfully decorated walls to outside billboard signs.

If you are a media specialist in an elementary school, you may want to check out the public library in your community and learn more about this early literacy initiative. For further information visit the CHILIS website or contact Ann Hoey at the NH State Library.

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