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2018 Youth Services Retreat

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 KDLA Youth Services Retreat! The retreat will take place at Eastern Kentucky University’s Perkins Conference Center and Hummel Planetarium on October 29th & 30th.

Register here. The deadline to register is September 28th.

Join us as we help Kentucky Youth Librarians Lift Off in anticipation of the 2019 Collaborative Summer Library Program summer reading theme Space. The retreat is a dynamic continuing education opportunity for public library staff who work with children ages birth through 18 to network and discuss emerging topics within the field of Children's & Teen Librarianship. It’s enlightening, engaging, fun and best of all – free!

Retreat content will focus on summer reading and summer learning topics as well as general youth services topics. Come learn about innovative programming happening around the state, get new ideas and network with your colleagues!

The retreat will be from 8:30am-3:50pm EDT on October 29th and 8am to 12pm EDT on October 30th. An agenda will be posted here in the coming weeks.

Contact hours will be awarded and a conference log will be provided with the retreat program.

Keynote Speakers:

Libraries and Summer Reading to Support Children, Teens and Families: What Does Research Tell Us?

Maria Cahill, Ph. D. Maria Cahill, Ph. D.
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Leadership Studies
University of Kentucky

Public libraries have been offering summer reading programs (SRPs) for decades. This session provides a synthesis of the research investigating SRPs. Find out what the research says about why libraries offer SRPs, who participates and why, the effectiveness of incentives used to attract participants, measured outcomes of SRPs, and child and parent perceptions of SRPs. Based on these findings, participants will brainstorm solutions to two important shortcomings of traditional SRPs: attracting children and teens from traditionally under-served groups and attracting participants who dislike reading. The information that will be shared in the presentation is based on the chapter, "Libraries and Summer Reading to Support Children, Teens, and Families: What More Can They Be Doing?" published in the recently released R.L. Allington, and A. McGill-Franzen (Eds.) Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap (2nd edition).

Maria Cahill, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. Maria is currently serving as the principal investigator on a three-year research project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services designed to investigate public library story time programs.

What Does “Safety” Look Like?

Lori Droege, CPH, MPH
Senior Public Education Specialist and Green Dot Coordinator
Women’s Crisis Center, Hebron, KY

Many libraries are considered to be safe spaces open to all community members, but safety can look and feel different depending on the perspective. What makes a teen feel safe could be different from what makes an adult staff member feel safe from what makes a child who has experienced trauma feel safe and so on. Regardless, we know that safety is important for all individuals to thrive. During this session, through group discussions and activities, library staff will have the opportunity to explore their own and different perspectives on what safety is and how we can help establish it. Participants will be exposed to and encouraged to empathize with perspectives of safety that might be different than their own. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to explore the factors that might impact patron and staff safety most in their own libraries and begin to brainstorm potential ways to improve it.

Lori Droege, CPH, MPH is the Senior Public Education Specialist and Green Dot Coordinator at the Women’s Crisis Center in Hebron, KY. Lori has been working with teens to prevent violence for the last eight years in Kentucky. She is currently the Director of Prevention & Public Education at Women's Crisis Center and has enjoyed getting to work with local libraries in order to create worlds where we all feel safe and included. Lori believes in the power of our choices and individual actions, the power of stories, and the power of a really good cookie.

Venue Information:

The Retreat will take place at the Perkins Conference Center and the adjacent Hummel Planetarium on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus. The address is 4440 Kit Carson Dr. Richmond, KY 40475.

Hotel Accommodations:

There are many hotels close to EKU to choose from. The following hotels are located just off Exit 87 and offer complimentary breakfast: Best Western, Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Quality Inn, Towneplace Suites Marriott.

Richmond Tourism has a directory of additional accommodations.


Richmond offers many restaurants within a short drive of EKU. Richmond Tourism has a directory of dining options.

Driving Directions:

The Perkins Conference Center and Hummel Planetarium are located at 4440 Kit Carson Dr. Richmond, KY 40475 (there are some GPS devices that do not recognize this address).  View map (PDF).

Take I-75 to exit #87 (Richmond/EKU Exit). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left (if exiting while travelling South) or turn right (if exiting while traveling North) onto the EKU By-Pass. Travel east along the EKU By-Pass to Kit Carson Drive. Kit Carson Drive is approximately 1.5 miles from the interstate and is located at traffic light #7. At the intersection of Kit Carson Drive and the Eastern By-Pass, you will see the EKU football stadium on your left and a fire station on your right. Turn right towards the fire station and go .4 miles. The Perkins Conference Center is connected to the Hummel Planetarium (a 3 story round brick building) and will be on your right. EKU parking permits are not required for the Perkins Conference Center parking lot. Do not park across the street as those lots are ticketed.


Parking is available in the adjacent Perkins Lot. Please disregard signage stating a permit is required; parking is free and the Perkins Lot is a General Parking area.

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.