Friday, September 2, 2016

KitKeeper Is Coming!

NH Librarians Rejoice,

READS is very excited to announce a new service designed to facilitate our popular READS-To-Go book club kit lending service. The new service is called KitKeeper and it is a product of Plymouth Rocket, the well-known Massachusetts online calendar vendor.

KitKeeper will allow NH Librarians to view kit availability, place kit requests, and manage the tracking of kits online. The easy-to-use service will improve communication and cooperation by libraries to create a seamless lending experience.

Please watch this brief video about the service. *Please keep in mind that only librarians will be able to use our KitKeeper service so all references to 'patron' actually mean 'librarian'. Now that you are properly salivating over the prospects of KitKeeper, contact for the login credentials, visit the test site and try it out! You can place holds, practice tracking kits, and play around with the test site to your heart's content.

You will undoubtedly have questions about the service and your roles as "staff" for your libraries. We have included some answers to the anticipated questions below and we are in the process of creating step by step instructions for using the service.

We will be in touch again in a couple of weeks to confirm everyone's contact information within the database, and to collect and add existing kit reservations to our KitKeeper site. We will then attempt to launch the site by late Fall or early Winter.

Please contact us at with your additional thoughts, questions, ideas, profuse praise, etc.

FAQs about the service:

1. Where can I find step-by-step documentation for how to use the service? Please visit our online user guide for step-by-step instructions.

2. Will the service be accessible to patrons? No, the borrowing library is the 'patron'. Our service is currently designed for librarian use only. Patrons will still need to speak to librarians to reserve kits through their library.

3. Is the Kit lending period adjustable? No, the length of time for the lending of kits will be 8 weeks once our KitKeeper site goes live.

4. Can I update my own library's contact information and kits? No, you must contact us at and tell us the information that needs to be corrected.

5. Are kit barcodes and patron barcodes required? No, kit barcodes can be used by libraries but are not required. Clicking on the button for the appropriate tracking task will achieve the same result.

Patron barcodes are visible on the test site and are for library systems using patron authentication. These will not be used on our site when it is launched since our service is for librarians only.

6. What if my library picks-up van delivery at a different library? If your library receives van delivery at a different library, there will be an option available during the reservation process to select your associated pick-up library.

7. How will I be notified when I need to send off one of my kits? KitKeeper will send your library an email to tell you which kits you need to get ready, which ones are due soon, and which ones are overdue.

READS-To-Go: Kit Keeper Project Team Members:

Brianna Hemmah
READS-To-Go Committee Member
Library Assistant - Hooksett Library

Martha Simmons
READS-To-Go Committee Member
Technical Services Assistant - Hooksett Library

Mathew Bose
READS Treasurer
Assistant Director - Hooksett Library

Monday, March 14, 2016

Playing New Kit Catch-Up

Please call or email the hosting library to make arrangements to borrow.

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. Sponsored by the Woman's Service Club of Windham and hosted by Nesmith Library, Windham, 432-7154.

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian. Hosted by Dover Public Library, 516-6050.

Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival by Marina Dutzmann Kirsch. Hosted by Jackson Public Library, 383-9731. The author, Marina Kirsch, lives in New Hampshire and is willing to make appearances!

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Hosted by Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson, 886-6030.

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi. Hosted by Hampton Falls Free Library, 926-3682.

Us by David Nicholls. Hosted by Epsom Public Library, 736-9920.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub. Hosted by East Kingston Public Library, 642-8333.

All kits that have been assigned are cataloged and ready to go, so, that means we are on the lookout for new sponsors! Please contact me, Diane Mayr, if your library or group in interested in being a READS-TO-GO kit sponsor!

The KitKeeper program, which the READS board has purchased, is still a work in progress. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Station Eleven Just Added!

Gilford Public Library is the newest kit holder! The title they are hosting is Station Eleven by Emily St. John. Mandel.

If your group is interested in borrowing Station Eleven, please call Joanne Buckner at 524-6042, to discuss availability.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Our Latest Kit!

Euphoria, by Lily King, is the latest novel to be added to our list of highly discussable kits. The story of an anthropologists' love-triangle was inspired by the life of Margaret Mead.

The kit is hosted by Amherst Town Library. Please call Carole Gasch at 673-2288, to discuss booking options.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Etta and Otto and Russell and James--Now a Kit!

A title both delightful and discussable is Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper. The kit was donated anonymously to honor the Woman's Service Club of Windham and it is housed at the Nesmith Library in Windham. Please contact Lois at 432-7154 to arrange to book the kit.

Here, the author discusses the real life couple who were the inspiration for the book:


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Great New Nonfiction Kit Title!

I just received news that The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown is now available as a RTG kit! The kit is being hosted by Hampton Falls Free Library. Call 926-3682 to arrange to borrow.

If you haven't read it yet, here's the trailer to introduce you to this very popular book group title:


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Kits!

I don't know about your library, but my library is really busy this summer and time seems to have gotten away from me yet again. There are three more kits to be added to the list of available kits. They are all in the iPac.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The kit holder is Keene Public Library.

Mercy Snow
by Tiffany Baker. This kit is hosted by the Aaron Cutler Memorial Library in Litchfield.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. Pelham is the kit host.

Please note, the promised online kit booking system is in the works. There are many behind-the-scenes issues that need to be resolved before it is ready to go. For instance, kit hosts will have to be assigned identities so that they can log into the system to access and update their kit information. Kit borrowing libraries, too, will need to be given an identity to reserve kits. (All reserving must be done by a library, not by members of the public.) Plus, there will need to be some sort of training session, so we are exploring the possibility of a YouTube video that can be accessed at any time, from anywhere, and for as long as is needed. Look for more information to come.

Have a great summer!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New Kit Titles

New kits!

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan is now available. The host library, Whipple Free Library 487-3391, is ready to take reservations! This kit was sponsored by the Hillstown Co-op.

Also, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, is hosted by Richards Free Library 863-3430, and after Richards' book group discusses it on August 4, it will be available. This kit was sponsored by the Friends of the Richards Free Library.


Friday, March 6, 2015

2015's New Titles!

It's been a long time between posts, but, the reward is the announcement of three new kit titles! Two fiction and one nonfiction and all highly discussable!


Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. The host library is Somersworth Public Library, call Michelle Baker or Debora Longo at 692-4587.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. The host library is Dover Public Library, call Sue Vincent at 516-6050.


Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson. This kit is hosted by Rochester Public Library, call Donna Hynes at 335-7550.

We have several other titles coming soon (they have sponsorship and are awaiting processing and cataloging), and, we are looking for a sponsor for Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan, a novel of the "unconventional" courtship and marriage of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny. Lots of good discussion with this title! If your library or group is interested, please contact me at


Friday, January 2, 2015

Invite a NH Author to Your Next Book Discussion Meeting

Mary Russell at the Center for the Book at the NH State Library posted a link to NH Writers Project's list of NH authors who are willing to meet with your book group. The list has NH-authored titles to satisfy every type of book group! --Diane

Thursday, September 11, 2014

This Summer's Discussable Crop!

The READS-TO-GO program had a busy summer with a number of highly discussable books being added. Here's a list of what's new:

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini was donated by the Evening Book Group in Memory of Susan Holden and is being hosted at Chesley Memorial Library in Northwood. Contact Donna Bunker at 942-5472.

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout is sponsored and hosted by Hopkinton Town Library. Email or call 746-3663 to discuss booking.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes is sponsored and hosted by Dunbar Free Library in Grantham. To make arrangements to book the kit call 863-2172.

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier is sponsored and hosted by Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson. The number to call is 816-4501.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is sponsored and hosted by Peterborough Town Library. Call Brian Hackert at 924-8040.

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan was sponsored by the Friends of the Sullivan Public Library and is hosted by Sullivan Public Library. Call 847-3458 to arrange to borrow.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert was donated by the Woman's Service Club of Windham (formerly the Windham Woman's Club) and is being housed at Nesmith Library in Windham. Contact Lois Freeston at 432-7154 or

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld was also donated by the Woman's Service Club of Windham and is being housed at Nesmith Library in Windham. Contact Lois Freeston at 432-7154 or

The Story of Charlotte's Web by Michael Sims is sponsored and hosted by Howe Library in Hanover. To book the kit, call 643-4120.

I apologize, but I haven't been able to update all lists on this site; it will take a few days before that is accomplished. However, the discussion questions are available now.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fanfare Please!

Announcing our first new kit of the summer--We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler! The kit is hosted at the Paul Memorial Library, Newfields. To borrow it for your group, call Paul Memorial Library at 778-8169.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kit #126

I somehow missed announcing kit #126--Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. The kit is sponsored/hosted by Laconia Public Library.

I think the trailer makes it sound a lot creepier than it is!

Please call Deb Ross at 524-4775 ext. 12, to discuss booking the kit.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Titles Recommended by Participants at the RTG Conference Program

We had a great discussion of titles on Wednesday at our program, "Read Any Good Books Lately?" These titles were recommended by the participants:

The Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro *
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout #
The Center of the World by Thomas Van Essen
The Dinner by Herman Koch
Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell
Gatsby’s Girl by Caroline Preston
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
The Humans by Matt Haig
The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
The Martian by Andy Weir
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes *
Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan #
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin *
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Transatlantic by Colum McCann
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

* These titles are RTG kits!
# These titles have been vetted by the RTG committee and are awaiting sponsorship. If your library or group wants to sponsor, please contact


Monday, March 24, 2014

Five More!

The Reads-To-Go program has really taken off within the past few years! We get libraries, and groups, offering sponsorship, and new titles being added, almost continuously. Without further ado, here are our five latest additions:

The House Girl by Tara Conklin. Chesley Memorial Library, Northwood.
Call 942-5472.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson. Philbrick-James Library, Deerfield. Call 463-7187.

Lake People by Abi Maxwell. Abi Maxwell worked for a time at the Gilford Public Library, and the Library is proud to be hosting the RTG kit for this this title. Call 524-6042.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Baker Free Library, Bow. Call 224-7113.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Fremont Public Library. Call 895-9543.