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The New Hampshire Library Trustees Association educates library trustees to be knowledgeable and effective in order to serve, improve and promote New Hampshire public libraries, and advocates the right of free access to information for every person.

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New Hampshire Public Libraries and Trustee Websites

We are compiling resource materials for trustee use with permission from the originating trustee board. Please contact the Website Content Coordinator at c.kirwin@nhlta.org if you have materials you would like to share. The Resource Materials page is under the RESOURCES tab on the HOME page.

Scholarship Opportunity
Dollar SignThe Mildred McKay Scholarship Fund provides scholarship aid to residents of New Hampshire in order to improve library services within the state. The New Hampshire Charitable Fund manages the funds which are distributed by the New Hampshire Library Trustee Association. Click HERE for Scholarship page.

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  • 1Windham - Nesmith Library
  • 2 Peterborough - Peterborough Town Library
  • 3 Nottingham - Blaisdell Library
  • 4 Littleton - Littleton Public Library
  • 5 Groveton - Northumberland Public Library
  • 6 Durham - Durham Public Library

NHLTA has a new address effective August 1, 2014:

          NH Library Trustees Assoc.
          25 Triangle Park Drive
          Concord, NH 03301

SUMMER 2014 Newsletter
Back issues are available on the Newsletter page. 

                   Friends Groups
Did you know that there are valuable resources on the Friends page?

Pew Research on Libraries     March 13, 2014
"More than two-thirds of Americans are actively engaged with public libraries."
The Pew Research Center released a new report
examining the spectrum of Americans' relationships with public libraries.
Download the report at http://www.pewinternet.org/files/2014/03/PIP-Library-Typology-Report.pdf

Join the NHLTA LISTSERV just for Trustees.
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Now trustees have their own means of communicating and sharing. You are not alone—there are over 1200 other trustees in NH—join and get connected! If you have any questions, contact Dave Hallenbeck (administrator of the LISTSERV) at d.hallenbeck@nhlta.org

             Have you Read your
         Library Trustees Manual?
The NHLTA Trustee Manual was revised in 2011 and distributed to all NHLTA members. Click on the Manual
cover above for an electronic version which is available for download and can be accessed online or go to the Manual Page of the website.  
The manual was compiled as a resource for the use of all trustees. The directors on the NHLTA Board are available to help if you can't find the answers in the manual.

Personnel Management Workshop for Library Trustees
Getting Started on Effective Performance Management
Wed. Oct 29 • 10:00 am –1:15 pm
NH Municipal Association, 25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord

This workshop will sort out the relevant state laws, help trustees understand their role versus the Library Director’s role, and provide essential tools for supervision and evaluation of the Library Director.
More details on Conference/Workshop Schedule page.

Register online only by clicking
HERE. Registration deadline is October 22.

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 ...

Holderness "Little Free Library"

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.
Library Director Jackie Heath and Children’s Librarian Kelly Schwaner.

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.You can, too!

"Little Free Library” website: http//littlefreelibrary.org

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Interview

Part of a series of interviews of state librarians, this post features NH State Librarian Michael York and LSTA (Library Services & Technology Act) Coordinator Janet Eklund discussing how they see the needs of library users in NH changing and evolving. Continue reading: IMLS blog

Advocacy News
Libraries are dying? Think again!
"Libraries are NOT dying in NH."
Check out these statistics: there are 57 NH Library Construction Projects (2005–2018), both completed and in the active planning/constructions stages. Our thanks to Christie Sarles, Co-Director, Tuftonboro Free Library, for compiling this invaluable LIST.
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"Libraries reflect who we are. They are vital part of a community's ecosystem."
Read the entire article at CNN online: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/14/travel/irpt-library-fascination-travel/
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"Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.”
Read about Keene Public Library's celebration of National Library Week from the Monadnock Shopper News: http://www.shoppernews.com/week0/p06.pdf