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Dear Curmudgeon
Why are there lights on in the library after dark?

NHLTA has a new address effective August 1, 2014:

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

   AUTUMN 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

Join the NHLTA LISTSERV just for Trustees.
Subscribe at:
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

             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.


Honoring Those Special Contributors Who Connect the Library to the Community

Lillian Edelmann Trustee of the Year: Doug Bencks, Durham Public Library. Presentation to be made on December 9 at 7:00 pm

Library Director of the Year: Dorothy "Dottie” Billbrough, Colby Memorial Library, Danville. Presentation to be made December 6 at 1:15 pm

Awards presented; photos will be posted soon.

Library of the Year: Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library, Brentwood

Sue Palmatier Award for Outstanding Support by a "Friends of the Library” Group: Friends of the Rye Public Library

Special Library Service Contribution Award: Elaine Brody, George and Ella Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson

Now Accepting Sponsorships for the 2015 Annual Conference

The premier educational and networking event produced by NHLTA is the Annual Conference. The 2015 Annual Conference has been scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2015, and we are now accepting sponsorship registrations.

More info on Conference & Workshops Schedule page.

"Standing Room Only" at recent
Personnel Management workshop

                                                                     Photo by Marty Davis
PowerPoint presentation is available in PDF format on the Conference & Workshops Resources page.
Comments from the evaluation:
"An excellent program; very pertinent with useful information. Could you repeat it next year?"

"I thought this was a terrific workshop and I wished all of our trustees had been able to attend. Very good content."

"Excellent! I will bring a lot of info to our next trustees' meeting."

An Act to Promote the Establishment and Efficiency of Free Public Libraries

History of NH Libraries by Mildred P. McKay, State Librarian, 1942–1964

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: