rss feed

Flume and Isinglass Awards

We have a brand new Librarian review site for the Flume and Isinglass Awards. You will find the criterion for nominations, previous nominations, current nominations and how to join in on the discussion.

Click here to check it out!

YALS January meeting

You are  invited to the YALS meeting happening Thursday, January 25 from 10:00 am – Noon.
Due to an anonymous donation, we will hold our next meeting at Escape Room Concord New Hampshire! Following the meeting we will be treated to an Escape Room event at noon.
Our Secretary, Lisa Harling, had to resign recently. So we are looking for nominations to fill the position. If interested in helping out with this , please contact Julia Lanter.
We hope to vote on this at this meeting.
How to find the Escape Room:

YALS Fall Conference

Thanks to everyone who attended our YALS Fall Conference. If you could take a moment to please take this brief survey to help us plan next years conference, it would be greatly appreciated. Your feedback is very important to us!

Click here.

The YALS Board


2017 Fall Conference

On Thursday, September 28, YALS held their annual Conference at the Local Government Center in Concord. A brief business meeting was held, the August meeting minutes were accepted as amended and new Officers were voted in.  Ann Hoey, our amazing Children’s and Youth Consultant at the New Hampshire State Library was honored with flowers and gifts in recognition of her upcoming retirement.

We will miss you greatly, Ann!

A Mental Health discussion was led by Rebecca DeHass, Psychologist at Change Direction NH. Tanya Ricker (Flume chair), Julia Lanter and Katherine Bollenbach (Isinglass Chair) updated us on the changes with our teen book awards. The Featured Speaker, Lisa Bunker, author of Felix YZ, spoke about her new book and how to make libraries a safer place for LGBTQ teens. A Safe Spaces panel – Lisa House (Rye Public Library) and Heather Ouellette-Cygan (GLSEN – NH Chapter) continued the conversation of how libraries can be safe spaces for teens. Staff members of the Portsmouth Public Library, Laura Horwood-Benton, Mollie Mulligan and Andrew Greenlaw-Houldsworth, shared how they currently use Social Media and how we can effectively reach teens with social media.

Conference Handouts – click here.

Quite a full day and definitely one of the best conferences we have ever held. If you missed this one, I hope you will consider joining us next year. Also, please consider coming to a YALS meeting. The next one is Thursday, November 9 at the local Government Center in Concord. Networking at 9:30 am, meeting begins at 10 am.


Flume/Isinglass Nominees Needed!

From Katherine Bollenbach, the Isinglass Chair:

I’ve gotten some displays for the Flume/Isinglass awards up in both my libraries (Belmont and Salisbury) and am sending pictures along in hopes of inspiring more displays! They’re simple but they’re working. I’m also attaching the simple poster I used – in Word format, so it’s editable if you’re only working with one of the awards. If you have a display, please send me pictures!

We also need more nominations – there’s only 4 up on the wiki at the moment, and I’ve already read 3 of them. As a reminder the criteria are:

Titles must be nominated by teens in grades 7-12, can be fiction or nonfiction books, with appeal to this age group. They must have a publication date within the last two years (no older than 2016). If the book is part of a series, it must be able to stand alone, meaning a reader doesn’t have to read the other books in the series to understand what’s going on. Forms and brochures available on the Flume and Isinglass websites: and Flume brochures are here:

Teen Awards (.pdf)

Flume/Isinglass Promotion Ideas

Do you have an amazing promotion idea for the Flume/Isinglass Awards? Something that really gets the teens reading?


Click on the Programming link to share.  

YALS Fall Conference 2017

The conference will be held at the Local Government Center in Concord on September 28th.
The deadline to register is Sept 18th
YALS Members: $45
Non-Members: $55

Summer Reading Program Ideas?

Do you have something really awesome planned for your summer reading program?

Do you have a tried and true program that always brings out the teens?

PLEASE share!

Click on Programming Ideas to submit a program idea.


Check out this free Driver’s Education program

Teens and adults can access practice tests through this program.  You can add this free program to your library website.

They are currently running an incentive award program for new library partners: five of them will each  receive $500. Have you tried this program? If not, this may be a good time to check them out: (The incentive award program ends 31 August 2017.)

Here is another site to add for your patrons.

DMV Permit tests

Job Website for Teens

A college professor has created a resource that would be very helpful for teenagers who visit the library, or a library website. It’s focused specifically on helping teenagers find jobs and it’s 100% free to use. It has very useful information including work permit information, labor laws, jobs for teens by city/state, non-traditional job ideas, and more.

You can find it here: JobsForTeensHQ.