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Youth/Adult Library Services

Resources for Public Library Youth Services Staff

Play-Based Learning in NH Library Programs

Join us for a workshop provided by the UNH Early Childhood Education Coaching Initiative, in collaboration with NH State Library.
In this workshop we will:

Define play and its importance in early learning
Identify ways to create more authentic connections to children andfamilies through play
Explore what child-centered programs look like and sound like
Examine facilitators’ roles in play-based learning experiences


Dates and Locations of the workshops are:

Tuesday Aug 9 Rochester Public Library.  1-3 PM 

Wednesday Aug 17 Derry Public Library 1-3 PM

Thursday Aug 18 Keene Public Library 1-3 PM

Thursday Aug 25 Moultonborough Public Library 1-3 PM

Tuesday Sept 6 Gorham Public Library 1-3 PM


You may sign up to attend at any location but for mileage reimbursement (special funding from UNH Preschool Grant) you may only apply for up to 100 miles. 

Register Here:


Niche Academy

Free Trainings at NHSL Niche Academy

Many Tech How-To, Autism & Libraries, Librarian Skills and New Transforming Teen Services.

From Diversity to Inclusion: How to Audit Your Collection and Why

The recording of From Diversity to Inclusion: How to Audit Your Collection and Why is now available:  Slides can be found at:


Kymberlee Powe, Children and YA Consultant for the Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development, dives into the makeup of the publishing industry. You will learn how to identify the difference between a diverse collection and an inclusive one and walk through the logistics of performing a diversity audit of your collection. The examples and resources provided in this session will focus on youth collections; however, the methodology of performing a diversity audit, and the reasons to do so, are universal to all collections.


This presentation is brought to you by the Connecticut State Library, in collaboration with the Indiana State Library, the Library of Michigan, and the State Library of Ohio.

Choose Love Intro/Refresher




Foundations of Choosing Love;  Teen Institute Program for Librarians--90 min Virtual (Recording) 

The transformational, rejuvenating benefits of giving and receiving “Nurturing, Healing Love” apply as much to those who teach the principles of Choose Love as to the students they teach.

Through an “experiential” exploration of the foundational components of the Choose Love Formula™, including Post Traumatic Growth, Mindfulness, Growth Mindset, Positive Intelligence, and Neuroscience, workshop participants will fortify their own social and emotional health while learning complementary therapeutic modalities and fun, creative ways to bring these lessons into the lives of teenage youth.

Choose Love Intro/Refresher-- 90 min Live-Virtual   Tuesday, November 16  11 am - 12:30 pm

Overview of the Choose Love Movement and our curriculum. Participants will learn about the researched benefits of the four character values of the Choose Love Formula (courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion in action) and understand how vital they are to implement in our daily lives.  This workshop will reveal the powerful story and lessons learned about how we can be a part of the solution to the issues we're experiencing in our schools, homes and communities including mental health, substance abuse and even violence. Gain understanding of how the tragedy at Sandy Hook turned into a worldwide Movement that is now in all 50 states and in over 110 countries.

Storywalk Week® - Chat with Sy Montgomery

Storywalk® Week 2021 - Chat with Sy Montgomery 

Friday, November 19th  @ 1 pm

Join us for a chat with Sy Montgomery, author of this year's featured Storywalk® Week book Becoming a Good Creature

Researching articles, films, and her 21 books for adults and children, nationally bestselling author Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Rwanda, hunted by a tiger in India, and swum with piranhas, electric eels and pink dolphins in the Amazon. Her work has taken her from the cloud forest of Papua New Guinea (for a book on tree kangaroos) to the Altai Mountains of the Gobi (for another on snow leopards.) For THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS (a National Book Award finalist) she befriended octopuses at the New England aquarium and scuba dived and snorkeled with wild octopuses in Mexico and French Polynesia; next she drew on her scuba skills to cage dive with great white sharks. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, the writer Howard Mansfield, their border collie Thurber, and their flock of free-range laying hens.

Click here for a recording





This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the New Hampshire State Library.