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2014 Summer Reading Program

​​2014 Kentucky Summer Reading Program - SCIENCE!

Readers of all ages will explore all things scientific this summer during the “Fizz, Boom, Read!” Summer Reading Program.  Libraries across Kentucky will be performing science experiments, robot building, exploring nature, learning about Grossology, and more. 

Local public libraries have planned programs to keep children reading and learning all summer.  Whether counting the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they have read this summer, children who join the summer reading program at their public library keep their brains active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed.

Kentucky librarians participating in the Fizz, Boom, Read! program can find information from the Collaborative Summer Library Program here:  You must register to use all of the resources on the site.

2014 Kentucky Teen Video Challenge

I am pleased to announce the winner of our 2014 Teen Video Challenge came from the Muhlenberg County Public Library.  Seven teens created the video “Rappin’ a Reaction.”  You can watch the winning video here:

Congratulations to Lucas, Kyler, Kristen, Erin, Mara, Christopher, and Emily!  Competition was stiff this year and we had more entries than ever before.

​October 2014 Summer Reading Conference, Louisville, Kentucky

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives presented the Summer Reading Conference to prepare for the 2014 Summer Reading Program. The conference was held in partnership with the Kentucky Science Center and will be located at the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville, Kentucky, October 23-24, 2013. The theme for the 2014 Summer Reading Program is SCIENCE! The slogans are: Children: Fizz, Boom, Read! Teens: Spark a Reaction! Adult: Literary Elements

The conference featured 68 presentations from the Kentucky Science Center, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, KET, the National Center for Family Literacy, the University of Louisville, AARP, the Living Arts and Sciences Center, and fabulous librarians from throughout Kentucky. Programmers will had the opportunity to attend sessions focusing on children, teens, and adults. Attendees earned a possible 13 contact hours for attending the conference.

You can view the conference information here:

Conference Schedule

Conference PowerPoints and Handouts ​

​Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and Kentucky Department of Education Collaboration

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) are collaborating to promote summer reading to Kentucky students by helping librarians accurately choose books based on a child's reading ability. Choosing the right book for a child's reading level can be a challenge, but libraries that participate in the Summer Reading Program can get information and training that makes selecting a book easier with the Lexile Framework for Reading, a new measurement system adopted by KDE in 2010.

The Lexile Framework is a resource for accurately matching readers with text. Lexile measures allow teachers, librarians and parents to find books that will challenge a child's reading ability, while still maintaining interest and learning. A Lexile measure can range from below 200L for beginning readers and beginning-reading text to above 1700L for advanced readers and text. A Lexile text measure is based on two strong predictors of how difficult a book is to comprehend: word frequency and sentence length.

As parents select books for their children to read for the Summer Reading Program, librarians can assist in helping them find appropriate books by looking up a book's Lexile measure. Lexile measure data is available on NoveList as well as the new website, Find a Book Kentucky.

"Find a Book" Mobile App Now Available

“Find a Book” is the ultimate book search tool for educators, parents, librarians and students to download on their Android mobile phone. Brought to you by MetaMetrics, the developer of the widely adopted Lexile® Framework for Reading, “Find a Book” Mobile Beta allows you to search for books based on reading ability (Lexile level), personal interests, keywords and more.

Download the app here: