NHSLMA Newsletter

Spring/Summer 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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Library Camp ~ "Breakout! Unlock the Possibilities"

New location and new format for Library Camp!

This year's camp is at the NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH.

Opening session speaker will be Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year Finalist - click here to read about her! In addition to the opening session, the day will include breakout sessions, time to connect with colleagues, and FUN!


Registration Cancellation Policy: Written cancellation of conference registration must be received by July 10, 2017. NHSLMA will not issue any refunds after July 10, 2017. Refunds, minus a $50 cancellation fee, will be processed 4-6 weeks from date of cancellation request.


TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE: http://www.nhslma.org/event-2531570/Registration

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NHSLMA Announces 2016~2017 Awards

We are pleased to announce the following awards to these deserving recipients:


-Paraprofessional of the Year: Elliot Moore, Oyster River High School, Durham, NH

"Elliott is known by students and staff alike as someone who can help with just about anything. Sometimes, it is a teacher who is having a technical issue at the worst possible moment, and at other times a student just wants to talk to someone about their college search. In each interaction, Elliott uses humor, good listening skills and empathy to help solve problems."


- Elsie Domingo Service Award: Jessica Gilcreast, Bedford High School

"This year’s recipient has successfully coordinated several of our NHSLMA conferences as well as representing NHSLMA on the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference steering committee. Pam Harland, NHSLMA Service Award winner in 2016, says this. “Jessica Gilcreast’s service to the school librarians of New Hampshire most notably comes in the form of conference planning. Jessica is creative, smart, and especially FUN with her ideas, events, and offerings. She always adds an element of homespun charm and excitement to create some of the most interesting professional development we have seen.”


- Impact Award: Virginia Barry, former NH Commissioner of Education

"This award recognizes someone who has made a significant contribution to the promotion of school librarianship in the State of New Hampshire. The recipient fosters the use and importance of the school library media center and advocates for school librarianship as an essential component for all schools.​"


- Outstanding Library Program Award - InterLakes Jr./Sr. High School Library, Meredith, NH (Angie Miller)

(We are) "extremely dedicated to being a user-centered library program. Recent librarian-designed renovations have transformed the space into a place where students can work collaboratively, independently, or as entire classes. Side rooms, stuffed chairs, round tables, study corrals, and a moveable divider are some of the design features that have made it so that our space is always filled. We are fortunate enough to have a budget that sufficiently sustains a variety of resources: traditional text, a Virtual Reference Library, Kindles, iPads, ten databases, and LibGuides. While all of our digital resources can be accessed twenty-four hours a day, physical resources are available from 6:50 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Circulation policies include unlimited signouts, including for the summer. The librarian makes weekly visits to the 7 th grade to do book talks, and students are allowed to sign out right from the classroom. DVDs, games, textbooks, periodicals, and digital materials have all been added to circulatory materials. All of the work that we do is communicated in monthly newsletters that are sent to staff, students parents, and administration."


- School Librarian of the Year: Donna Zecha, Hopkinton Middle High School, Contoocook, NH

"The school librarian of the year is recognized for ongoing excellence in school librarianship. Award recipients are those who are leaders in the school library community, at local, regional, and/or state levels. Award recipients will have made a significant statewide impact on the library/media profession or on the library/media services provided to our school communities. Donna Zecha is a leader in the school library community and has inspired and motivated many of her fellow librarians. Currently NHSLMA’s President, Ms. Zecha’s contribution to her school and the greater school library community is to be commended." (from NHSLMA press release)


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FOR THEIR PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS!






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"Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program


Build a Better World this summer!

As schools end in June, families and kids can head to public libraries to find reading opportunities and fun activities. Most NH libraries will be kicking off the "Build a Better World" summer reading program in June and July, and they will be offering several weeks of programs including maker space projects, community awareness initiatives, "Touch a Truck" events and more. Some libraries even hold special performances by puppeteers, magicians, theatre troupes and other artists during the summer. These free activities are intended to draw children, teens and adults into the library so that they can choose books, magazines and other materials to take home and read over vacation.


The summer reading program encourages kids and adults to read for fun, and most libraries offer incentives to reward the number of books or time spent reading. As a sponsor of the NH Summer Reading Program, the Boston Bruins have donated prizes that can be won by kids and teens participating in the “Build a Better World” program. Last year, more than 20 kids around the state won signed Bruins jerseys and pucks; three had the chance to attend a Bruins game and interact with the team.


Literacy professionals say that if children read at least six books over summer vacation, they will likely avoid summer reading loss. School librarians can help to promote their communities’ summer reading programs and keep kids reading and having fun all summer long.


~ Submitted by Ann Hoey, Youth Services Coordinator at the New Hampshire State Library.

NHSTE Award Nominations

NHSTE Awards Page: http://www.nhste.org/awards
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SAVE THE DATE! NHSLMA at CMTC in November 2017

It's never to early to think about professional development, so plan now to be part of the NHSLMA connections at the Christa McAuliffe Tech Conference Nov. 28, 29, + 30 in Manchester.
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