Monday, May 17, 2010

NHLA Annual Conference

The New Hampshire Library Association Annual Conference took place last week up at Attitash. READS-TO-GO had set out forms for people to complete if they wished to offer a suggestion for a RTG kit title. We tried to sweeten the pot by offering a chance to win, Food & Wine Magazine's 2010 Annual Cookbook. The lucky winner is Marilyn Swan of Effingham. Congratulations, and thanks for your suggestion, Marilyn!

Our titles criteria were: books have to be current (original copyright date within the last 2 years), are highly discussable, and are not already part of the kit program.

We received 20 suggestions, but only seven of the titles are going to be on the committee's "Under Consideration" list. The seven are in red. Here are the suggestions made:

The Bone People by Keri Hulme (F, 1986)--this title is much too old.

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (F, 2008, pb. 3/09).

Eaarth by Bill McKibben (NF, 2010).

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson--this title was recently added as a RTG kit.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer--already in a RTG kit--three people mentioned this, and one commented, "More than one bag." There is a regional group in NH that is doing this title as a multi-community project, so there will probably be many, many copies of this title available in the state before too long. With this in mind, we will not consider adding a second bag. (The book choice hasn't been announced to the general public, therefore I won't mention the group.)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (F, 2009, pb. scheduled for 1/11)--four people mentioned this, and one commented, "Even though it's still in hardcover." The RTG committee will stick to its original requirement that a title be available in paperback. There are several reasons for this, but the two most important are: 1. the additional sponsor cost (approx. $180 per kit in paperback versus $230 in hardcover); 2. the weight of 15 books (at 464 pages each) would require two bags and would put a burden on our van delivery people. RTG committee members have already read this one, so, as soon as it is available in paperback, we will have it in a kit! (As my late mother used to say, "Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can.")

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford--this title was recently added as a RTG kit.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (NF, 2010, no pb. scheduled at this point)

Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif (F, 2000)--too old.

The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (NF, 2008, pb. scheduled for 10/10).

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister (F, 2009, pb. 1/10)

Still Alice by Lisa Genove--already a RTG kit.

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder (NF, 2009, pb. 5/10).

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer (F, 2010)--this is the third in a YA series, and thus is outside our mission of providing books for adult discussion groups.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (F, 2007, pb. 11/08)--no longer current.


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