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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. 

2017 Young Adult Library Services Association Symposium


The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives would like to offer library staff the opportunity to attend the 2017 YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium being held Fri., Nov. 3 - Sun., Nov. 5, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, 311 Fourth St. This year’s theme is “Libraries: Helping All Teens Build a Better Future.” First priority will be given to scholarship recipients selected from individuals who have scanned and emailed ( their application form by close of business June 30, 2017. After you have emailed your application, please mail your original application to:

Krista King-Oaks
Youth Services Consultant
Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives
PO Box 537
300 Coffee Tree Road
Frankfort, KY 40602-0537
The scholarship will be granted to two full-time library staff who serve youth and teens from each region (Rev. 5/24/2-17: Refer to the regional map). The scholarship will include:

  • conference registration     
  • 1 pre-conference session   
  • hotel room  
  • reimbursable meals
  • round-trip mileage from library
If selected, attendees do not need to complete conference registration; KDLA will bulk register all scholarship winners directly with YALSA. Recipients will not have to pay for their hotel up front; however, you will be given a link to reserve your own rooms at the Hampton Inn Downtown Louisville, located just three blocks from the conference site; the stay includes free parking, free hot breakfast, and the use of a free shuttle within an eight-block radius of the hotel. For more information on the conference, visit:

In addition to attending the conference, scholarship recipients will be expected to:
  • Complete a post-conference evaluation
  • Share what you have learned with your colleagues at your library.
  • Submit a short article to be included in the next available KDLA e-newsletter about the conference and how your experiences will influence decisions in your library to Krista King-Oaks.
  • Serve as a panel presenter for a future conference session or webinar on trends in teen library services.
You must be a full-time employee of a Kentucky public library in order to apply. Only two applicants from each of the eight regions in the Commonwealth will be selected to receive the scholarship. If you are selected as a scholarship recipient, you will receive reimbursement of up to $1,011 for your expenses incurred at the symposium. Reimbursement is defined by the Kentucky Department of Finance and Administrative Cabinet ( KDLA will pay directly for hotel and conference registration; mileage ($.40 per mile), lunch ($10), and dinner ($18) will be covered as reimbursable expenses for scholarship recipients.

Click here to print the Scholarship Application Form (Word)

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.

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. Fall 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 page

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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