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Youth Programming Kits

The State Library offers a variety of program kits guaranteed to satisfy public library patrons and stretch the library’s programming dollars. There are kits for all ages, in a variety of themes.

  • These kits may be checked out for seven weeks and may be renewed for an additional two weeks upon availability.

  • Kits will be delivered by the KYVL courier service.

  • All kits are listed in the KDLA Catalog. Check the individual catalog records for plot summaries, kit contents, and age levels.

  • Reservations can be made by using the KDLA Kit Request Form or by contacting KDLA's Reference Desk at 502.564.8306 or 800.928.7000.

  • Kits can be reserved up to a year in advance.


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School Ready Libraries Kits

In partnership with the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, School Ready Libraries seeks to develop a comprehensive approach to providing Kentucky public library staff with the training and skills needed to implement successful school readiness programming. KDLA hopes to provide access to essential knowledge of early childhood development that can be used as a foundation for future development and practical application of public library services and community collaborations. Library staff can use School Ready Libraries thematic kits to assist in the planning of storytimes and early childhood programs to incorporate developmentally appropriate experiences involving school readiness concepts, as highlighted in the graphic below. Through the multi-format materials – books, manipulatives, and resources guides – children and caregivers will be encouraged to explore, create, and share to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills key to kindergarten readiness – and lifelong learning – success.


SIP2GO Science Kits

These program kits are inspired by the complimentary exhibit, Science in Play2GO, the mobile version of Kentucky Science Center’s progressive next-generation learning experience that empowers children and adults to learn together, and for life, all through the power of play. Library staff can use SIP2Go thematic kits to assist in the planning of storytimes and early childhood programs to incorporate developmentally appropriate experiences involving S.T.E.A.M. concepts – Science, Math, Engineering, Art, and Math. Through the multi-format materials – books, manipulatives, and resources guides – children and caregivers will be encouraged to explore, create, and share to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills key to kindergarten readiness – and lifelong learning – success.


Thematic 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.


Interactive Mystery Kits

Mystery Kits include everything needed to plan and produce a mystery program for a group of 20-25 participants. The Anyone’s Guess series is designed for grades 6 – 9. Anyone’s Guess Junior series is designed for grades 3 – 5. The kits include complete instructions for planning and setting up the mystery program; reproducible suspect, interrogation and answer sheets for the players; evidence such as letters and legal documents; a props list and ideas for creating evidence scenes, and suggestions for program promotion.




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Have an​ idea for a new kit?

Let us know th​rough our Kit Recommendation form​.​​​​​


For questions about the KYVL Courier

Please contact the Kentucky Virtual Library: kyvl@ky.gov; 844-400-5985 (toll-free).

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