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2020 Federal Budget proposes to eliminate library funding

Update on Appropriator letters campaign

“The FY2020 Dear Appropriator letters campaign ended on April 11 on a positive note for library funding, thanks to the thousands of calls, emails, and visits made by ALA advocates across the country.” Read more►

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NHLTA Circulating Video Collection

Four videos that were recorded at NHLTA Annual Conference sessions are available for circulation from the Manchester City Library.

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  • 1Bow - Baker Free Library
  • 2 Brentwood - Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library
  • 3 Jackson - Jackson Public Library
  • 4 Newport - Richards Free Library
  • 5 Plaistow - Plaistow Public Library
  • 6 Warner - Pillsbury Free Library

     SPRING 2019 Newsletter   

Back issues are available on the Newsletter page. 

NHLTA believes that continuing education is the prime factor in providing the highest quality of library services. The Mildred P. McKay Scholarship Fund has been granting scholarships for over fifty years. Criteria and application form available for download on the Scholarship Page.


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               Library Trustees Manual

One copy of the revised NHLTA Trustee Manual was distributed to every New Hampshire Public Library. Click on the cover page (above right image) to open, download, and/or search the electronic version or go to the Manual Page of the website.


May 29, 2019
NHLTA Annual Conference

More information and online registration HERE
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Regional Trustee Meeting
Regional trustee meetings offer an opportunity for new trustees to learn more about their responsibilities and compare notes with other trustees in the area. Some meetings will also include a concurrent discussion group for Friends of the Library group members. Continue reading►
April 17 • 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Epsom Library


May 1 • 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Pillsbury Free Library, Warner

May 3 • 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Jaffrey Public Library


2019 Annual Conference Sponsorship
The NHLTA Spring Conference & Annual Meeting is the premier education event for library trustees in the state. More than 300 trustees and library directors from throughout New Hampshire have attended the program the past four years, and we expect to match or exceed that turnout in 2019. More information about the conference. 
Although the Premier and Keynote sponsorships have already been reserved by last year’s sponsors, there remain great opportunities to support public libraries and, at the same time, showcase your company’s products and services to library leaders in New Hampshire.
We are now accepting sponsorship registrations. Download the SPONSORSHIP FLYER for details and REGISTER online.


NHLTA presents a three-part webinar series that covers the main elements of the orientation workshop. Watch each session in consecutive order — approximately 90 minutes total — or separately as time allows. For best results, watch as a group so that you can discuss the information.

Part 1: NH Laws Governing Libraries; Trustee responsibilities; Policies; Library Advocacy
(22 minutes). 
(Please excuse the 15 second audio gap with the second slide.PRINT handout
Part 2: Budgeting; Meetings and the Right-to-Know Law
(37 minutes, 25 seconds). PRINT handout
Part 3: Personnel Management including Job Descriptions, Hiring, and Evaluating Staff (33 minutes, 16 seconds).
PRINT handout


"The Other Money" 
Presented by Terry Knowles
Navigating the different sources of money received by a public library can be confusing. In this webinar you will learn how to legally accept, administer, and expend all private and non-tax categories of money given to your library, and how those funds relate to the annual budgeting process. Links to WEBINAR and to PDF of PowerPoint slides.
Terry Knowles is the recognized expert on libraries and funding issues. She is the Assistant Director of Charitable Trusts, NH DOJ, Attorney General’s Office.