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Youth Services

KDLA supports public librarians who serve children and young adults by providing training, consultation, and coordination of statewide reading promotions. KDLA administers federal grants for enhancement of early childhood services in public libraries and for projects to promote school and public library partnerships. While we do not provide direct services to children or teens, our goal is to assist library staff who provide services to the children and teens of communities across the Commonwealth. Please contact Youth Services Consultant Krista King-Oaks with any comments or suggestions. 

School Ready Libraries

In partnership with the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, School Ready Libraries is a three-year project that seeks to develop a comprehensive approach to providing Kentucky public library staff with the training and skills needed to implement successful school readiness programming. The project is supported by the READiness Matters Taskforce and the Kentucky Governor’s Office for Early Childhood and is sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant.

Visit the School Ready Libraries Page 

Summer Reading Program

Research is clear that children who don't read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect – otherwise known as the Summer Slide. Public Library Summer Reading Programs are designed to bridge the out-of-school-time and to help children maintain or improve their reading and learning readiness during the summer months. KDLA strives to provide public libraries with summer program planning resources and collaborative opportunities based on research and best practices.

The Summer Reading Program page is a resource center for public libraries planning local summer reading programs, particularly – but not exclusively –  using the annual Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) theme. Other resources include information from previous KDLA Summer Programming and Outreach Conferences, as well as information about our collaborative efforts with the Kentucky Department of Education. KDLA and KDE support school and community collaboration through exchange of resources and best practices with our school media specialists, as well as the support of the Summer Food Service Program

Visit the Summer Reading Program Page

C.A.T.S. Regional Workshops

The purpose of Children’s and Teen Services (C.A.T.S.) regional workshops is to insure that all library staff serving youth (defined as birth – 18 years old) have access to free, ongoing, face-to-face continuing education experiences that minimize travel and expenses without sacrificing quality. KDLA strives to provide timely, relevant training topics that are of value in this ever changing field.​​

​​​​NEW! The 2017 C.A.T.S. Spring Schedule is now available!

Check our Region Map to find the workshops closest to you.

Stay Connected

KDLA wants to make your job as a Youth Librarian easier – and fun! Stay informed and connected with the Kentucky Youth and Children’s Program Staff listserv, an electronic discussion and announcement list for anyone working in children’s or teen/young adult services in Kentucky, and theKentucky Bookmobile and Outreach Services listserv, a discussion list for outreach program staff and specialists. 

  • ​E-mails can be posted to
  • Replies to messages coming from the list will be addressed back to the list. If you want to e-mail someone directly, copy and paste their e-mail address from the message. Otherwise, your e-mail message will go to the entire list.
  • Automated responses, except Out of Office notices, will get a person unsubscribed from the list with little or no warning.

Visit the KDLA Listserv Mailing Lists

Text Express Youth Book Discussion Kits

Text Express Youth Book Discussion Kits are complete programs designed around high quality books for children and young adults. Each kit contains multiple copies of the book, and audiobook if available, and an in-depth discussion guide. Up to five kits may be borrowed for eight weeks.

Visit the KDLA Book Kit Discussion Page

Youth Programming Kits 

The State Library offers multi-format kits that contain a large number of developmentally appropriate materials—books, CDs, DVDs, electronics, games or toys, and resource guides.  All kits are packaged in sturdy containers and may be checked out for six weeks. Kits are currently available  on programs designed for ages preschool and teen.

Visit the KDLA Thematic Program Kit Page

Additional Resources

This project was funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services​.

If you have questions concerning youth library services, please contact:

Krista King-Oaks

Youth Services Consultant
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
300 Coffee Tree Road
Frankfort, KY  40601
(502) 564-​1739

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