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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. 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.

Save the Date:
2019 KDLA Youth Services Retreat

KDLA’s annual youth services retreat is a dynamic continuing education opportunity for public library staff to network and discuss emerging topics within the field of Children's & Teen Librarianship.

Would you like to be a presenter? Submit a proposal here:

Are you a potential exhibitor or vendor? Let us know here:

To view the presentations from the 2018 conference, “Kentucky Youth Librarians Lift Off!”, please see KDLA’s Summer Reading Training Opportunities.

Partnership Resources

KDLA administers federal grants for enhancement of early childhood services in public libraries and for projects to promote school and public library partnerships.

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



Science in Play 2Go (SIP2GO), the mobile version of Kentucky Science Center’s progressive next-generation learning experience launched in December 2016 – taking elements that embody the philosophies behind the existing exhibit to libraries across the Commonwealth for 12-week residencies. With support from PNC and Genentech, and in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), SIP2GO opened December 3, 2016 at Woodford County Library and continues its 2017 tour at libraries in Oldham County (March-May), Logan County (June-August), and Laurel County (September-November), with Boone, Boyle, Marshall, and Muhlenberg Counties slated for 2018. SIP2GO will be open during library hours and is FREE to the public.

Read the full press release here.

Kentucky Youth Services Performer Showcase

Looking for an entertainer for your summer reading program, or for a special performance any time of year? The following performers have been recommended by Kentucky public librarians. Many of these professional performers provide entertainment for children in grades K-6. Some also offer programs for teens, families/all-ages, and others. Links and information are provided solely for the convenience of libraries.

Kentucky Youth Services Performer Showcase

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 page

Youth Book Discussion Kits

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 nine weeks.

Visit our Youth Book Discussion Kits 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 seven weeks. Kits are currently available  on programs designed for ages preschool and teen.

Visit the our Youth Programming Kits page

KET Lending Library

The KET Lending Library is a partnership between Kentucky Educational Television and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. It allows Kentucky early childhood professionals to obtain video or DVD series of child care training programs through their local public libraries. By watching the programs and then completing the corresponding coursework, early childhood professionals earn credits toward state licensing requirements.

Visit our KET Lending Library 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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