2018 REGIONAL TRUSTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED
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Saturday, April 21 • 10:00 am
Holderness Library, 866 US Route 3, Holderness

Suggested topics of discussion are hiring and evaluating the director process, working with a search committee, and issues shared by attendees. Contact Carol Snelling or Bert Saul.
 
 
Friday, May 4  •  12 noon
Monadnock Region Trustee Meeting
Frost Free Library, 28 Jaffrey Road (Route 124), Marlborough

 
Topics of discussion: the process of private fundraising for an expansion project; director evaluations (please bring samples of yours to share); trustee engagement on the board. Refreshments provided — bring a bag lunch. Contact Connie Kirwin.
 


Regional Meetings Update:  sixteen trustees attended the meeting on March 24, at the Pillsbury Library, Warner. At least six trustees were current board treasurers and the focus was predominately on handling finances although other issues were discussed. Everyone felt that it was a productive meeting. 

Ten trustees attended the meeting on April 3, at the Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson. The discussion focused mainly on performance evaluations—an important management responsibility of all trustee boards. 


Thirteen trustees from seven towns attended the April 10 meeting at the Epsom Public Library. The focus of the discussion was on the Library Director job description and evaluation, with different approaches discussed and how the evaluation evolves as the director’s tenure lengthens.  

April 11: following a tour of the Kingston Community Library, the group of 18 trustees and one director shared how they conduct their library director's evaluation, including a 360 degree evaluation process. They also discussed a merit-based pay plan, evaluating wages with comparable libraries, defining the role of the director and the trustees to avoid the dangers of micro-managing, and other timely topics. A meeting in the Fall is being planned.

 

2017 NHLTA ANNUAL AWARDS WINNERS
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Annual Awards. These special individuals and groups have contributed to the excellence of New Hampshire libraries and have given exemplary service in connecting the library to their community. View list of winners to date since 2009.

LIBRARY of the YEAR: Hampstead Public Library
LILLIAN EDELMANN TRUSTEE of the YEAR: Terry Jillson White , Abbott Library, Sunapee
LIBRARY DIRECTOR of the YEAR: Lori Fisher, Baker Free Library, Bow
SUE PALMATIER AWARD for OUTSTANDING SUPPORT by a "FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY" GROUP: Wilmot Public Library Friends Group
DOROTHY M. LITTLE AWARD: Adele Knight • Dublin Public Library
 




THE VALUE OF LIBRARIES POSTER


As printed in the Autumn 2017 NHLTA newsletter,
a poster size version of "Calculating the Value of Libraries" essay
by NH State Librarian, Michael York, is available for download.






 


Do you have a "Little Free Library"?

What is a Little Free Library? It's a "take a book, return a book" gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. More info at the "Little Free Library” website. Do you have a photo of your Little Free Library to share? Email it to Connie Kirwin.


Goffstown Public Library's Little Free Library located in Abingdon Park on Mast Road.
The photo is registered (#32863) with the Little Free Library and can be found on the national map on their website.


 

The Holderness Free Library has joined other libraries in New Hampshire in establishing a "Little Free Library." It is located at the town beach. The library keeps it stocked with donated and
surplus books. Beach goers have made great use of this addition.






Little Free Library at the Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library
in Brentwood.






 


All roads lead to the library.





This delightful photo was taken at the
Concord Public Library, 45 Green Street
by NHLTA Director Marty Davis.






 

Cost effective, versatile, back-to-school item: the library card

Electronic tablets and smartphones can be important learning tools for today's students, but the most versatile item available to them is the same one their parents and grandparents used: the library card. Continue ...
 
Wilton-Gregg Free Library
The Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library is noted for its unique architecture and its majestic location on the hill overlooking the town center.  The library was built in 1907 with a generous donation by David Gregg of Wilton and is managed by a trust, with operational funding provided by the town.  Recent extensive renovations were funded 25% by the town and 75% by private donations.  This community project has resulted in increased usage, greater volunteer participation, and renewed activity of the Friends of the Library.  The library is becoming even more the hearth of the community.

There is a thriving art community in Wilton, and a special feature at the library is a rotating display of the works of many local artists. 

An exciting recent addition to the library is an on-line school edition of Encyclopedia Britannica to be shared by public and school library patrons.