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.
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
Summer Reading Program page
SCIENCE IN PLAY 2GO
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
2018 KDLA Youth Services Retreat
Theme: Kentucky Youth Librarians Lift Off!
The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives is pleased to announce the return of a dynamic continuing education opportunity for library staff to network and discuss emerging topics within the field of Children's & Teen Librarianship. It’s enlightening, engaging, fun – and free!
KDLA is proud to offer this training event at
no cost to Kentucky Public Library Staff, thanks to funding by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Conference days will be thematically organized by summer reading and summer learning topics (Day One) and general youth services topics (Day Two). Sessions that are participatory, inclusive, and focus on innovative programming, partnerships, and outreach or that align with the
2019 Collaborative Summer Library Program theme, "space" and other S.T.E.M. related topics, will be strongly considered.
Registration will open in August – stay tuned to the listserv for future announcements!
Questions, thoughts, suggestions?
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
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.
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.
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 seven weeks. Kits are currently available on programs designed for ages preschool and teen.
KDLA Thematic Program Kit 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.
KET Lending Library page