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 criteria.  View list of winners to date since 2009.

Winners of the 2018 awards will be announced by October 1.

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
DOROTHY M. LITTLE AWARD: Adele Knight • Dublin Public Library

Regional Meetings Update: 

May 4: on a beautiful spring day at the historic Frost Free Library in Marlborough, 16 trustees and one director from nine libraries in the Monadnock area spent a lively two hours discussing fundraising, library director job descriptions and evaluations, relations with local municipal officials, working with volunteers, methods of outreach to the community and the value of library newsletters. Trustees also shared their experiences with the building construction/renovation process.

The next meeting is scheduled for September 21 and will be hosted by the trustees of the Davis Public Library in Stoddard. 

Fourteen people—trustees and a director—from five libraries met at the Holderness Library on April 21. The main topic of discussion was the recent process the Holderness Board of Trustees used to hire our new Library Director. The composition of the search committee and its interaction with the Board plus the actual interview process added to the information shared. A tour of the library included the recent renovation/expansion project.  

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.

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

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. 



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.


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 ...