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New Hampshire Public Libraries and Trustee Websites

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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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  • 2 East Kingston Public Library
  • 3 Hill-Hill Public Library
  • 4 Nottingham-Blaisdell Library
  • 5 Somersworth-Somersworth Public Library
  • 6 Tamworth-Cook Memorial Library

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

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             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.

Nomination Deadline July 31, 2014
NHLTA will continue to accept nominations for 2014 Annual Awards until July 31. This is your opportunity to honor those special contributors who connect your library to your community. Categories include awards for Library, Trustee, Director, Friends Group, Library Advocate, and more. The Awards flyer was sent to every member and is also available for download: flyer.
             Previous Winners
Trustee of the Year
2013: Patti Osgood, Tucker Free Library, Henniker
2012: Stephen Campbell, Converse Free Library, Lyme
Library of the Year
2013: Hooksett Public Library
2012: Gilford Public Library
Library Director of the Year
2013: Rosanna Eubank Dude, Wilmot Public Library
2012: Kristine Finnegan, Olivia Rodham Memorial Library, Nelson
Outstanding Support by a Friends Group
2013: Friends of the Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson
2012: Friends of the East Kingston Library
Dorothy M. Little Award for Advocacy and Activism
2013: Peter E. Moore, Lincoln Public Library
2012: Sara (Sally) Jones, Salisbury Free Library

 Successful Annual Conference
          John Chrastka had everyone's rapt attention
       during his workshop "Planning a Warrant Article".
More photos and thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors,
and contributors on Conference News page.

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