Van McLeod, 1945-2016

NH State Library, July 22, 2016
Flags in New Hampshire flew at half staff today in honor of Department of Cultural Resources Commissioner Van McLeod whose funeral was this afternoon.


Ladybug Voting Materials Available

The picture ballot and the online tally are now available for the 2016 Ladybug Picture Book Award. There is also a paper tally sheet available if you cannot submit your voting totals using the online form.
Votes must be received either in the online form or at the NH State Library by 4:30pm, Friday, December 9, 2016 to be counted.


On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!

Summertime is a great time to get out and get active. This summer, librarians around New Hampshire are encouraging people of all ages to make sure their reading skills stay in shape as well.

As part of this year’s national Collaborative Summer Library Program theme “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” young readers throughout New Hampshire will be visiting their public libraries to check out and read books about sports, fitness and health in their many forms.

Children’s librarians across New Hampshire have embraced the fitness theme and have run with it, creating special summertime programs that focus on a wide range of activities, from the Olympics to nutrition to yoga. Performers from the State Library’s “Kids, Books and the Arts” roster will hold special events at libraries throughout the state.

The importance of summer reading has been known for more than a century. Students who read at least six books during the summer have been found to maintain or improve their reading skills, while those who do not read during the summer can lose a full grade level.

To participate in “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” families should visit their local public library. Most libraries ask children to register and then to keep track of how many books they read during the summer months or how much time they spend reading. Participants may also choose to read whichever books they want, even if they’re not related to this year’s theme.

In keeping with the fitness theme, some libraries are offering a summer reading program for teens, “Get in the Game”; the theme for adult readers is “Exercise Your Mind.”


NH Poet Laureate at Frost Farm July 14

DERRY, NH, July 6, 2016 – The Robert Frost Farm’s 2016 Hyla Brook Reading Series features New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice B. Fogel on Thursday, July 14, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm. Hyla Brook Poet Sara Backer will also read. 
The series, held in the Frost Farm located at 122 Rockingham Rd (Rt 28), is free and open to the public. An Open Mic follows the readings and all audience members are invited to share their work. 
Fogel’s newest poetry collection, Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature. Her third book, Be That Empty, was a national poetry bestseller, and she is also the author of the guide for readers and teachers, Strange Terrain, on how to appreciate poetry without necessarily “getting” it. She lives in Walpole, NH.  
Joining Fogel is Sara Backer of Hollis, NH. Backer, author of the novel AMERICAN FUJI, has had her writing honored by two residency fellowships (Norton Island and Djerassi) and six Pushcart nominations. Her poems have recently appeared in Crannóg (Ireland), Strange Horizons, Gargoyle, The Pedestal Magazine, Marathon Literary Review, Rust + Moth, Turtle Island Quarterly, So to Speak, and many more. She will read from her chapbook, BICYCLE LOTUS, which won the 2015 Turtle Island Poetry Award. 
Upcoming Hyla Brook Reading Series events include:
·      Melissa Balmain (Aug. 11)
·      Johnny Longfellow (Sept. 8) 
Through September, the Hyla Brook Poets’ monthly writing workshop meets on the third Saturday of the month at 10am at its summer home at the Frost Farm. 


NH's Route 1 Read 2016

Route One Reads is a virtual reading trip along Route One. The Center for the Book in each state along Route One was asked to select a mystery novel for adult readers.

We conducted a poll of our blog readers, asking them to select from 6 great NH mysteries and the resounding choice was Blood on Hampton Beach by Jed Power.

Following Route 1 into downtown Portsmouth NH you will come to a a junction NH Route 1A which will lead you into the heart of Hampton Beach. Despite the high body count found in Jed Power's fictional version, Hampton Beach is a beautiful beach and well worth a visit.

A summer resident of Hampton Beach, NH author Jed Power’s latest installment in the Dan Marlowe series has Dan facing death from a cast of crooked beach dwellers as he investigates the murder of Hampton Beach’s premier property owner. A murder the police want to hang on him.