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2017 Summer Reading Program

Best of Summer Reading 2017 (90 min. webinar)

Please join the Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives as we highlight some of the most successful summer reading and learning programs in libraries across Kentucky! During the “super-sized” 90-minute webinar, you will have the chance to hear from 5 colleagues discuss their favorite innovative summer program twists:

  • Amanda Wheeler, Lincoln Co., Migrant Community & 21st Century Program Outreach
  • Amanda Neace, Trimble Co., Increasing Teen Programs with Grant Funded Support
  • Danielle Anguish, Henderson Co., Summer Reading in the Parks
  • Tessa Fugate, Letcher Co., Including Adults in your library’s Summer Program
  • Suzanne Banta, Henry Co., Re-Imagining Summer Reading & Celebrating Community Pride

Handouts (PDF format):

Summer Reading S.T.E.M. Refresher

Have you heard? KDLA is proud to announce there will be a special, one-day only, grant funded training focused on S.T.E.M. education in libraries – that’s science, technology, engineering, and math…and maybe even a little art and reading thrown in for good measure, just in time for last minute summer reading prep!

The KDLA Summer Reading S.T.E.M. Refresher will take place in Louisville at the Kentucky Science Center – for 1 day only - on Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The theme, “Build a Better World”, will provide opportunities for presenters and attendees to share knowledge, learn new skills, and strengthen professional networks. Click here to download the schedule. Sessions will include:

  • Hands-on programming related to S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. subjects
  • Partnership and Community Outreach
  • Next Generation Science Standards Best Practices
  • … and more!

Registration is now open through February 15th! Thanks to LSTA funding and our partners at the Kentucky Science Center, KDLA is able to keep this a low cost training opportunity: total registration is $35, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and parking for the day. There is no block reservation or specialty price rates for this conference; instead, please click here for a suggested list of area hotel opportunities.

To register, and to download a payment form, visit the link at:

Do your part to empower your peers and build a better world of Kentucky public libraries!

2016 Summer Reading Conference

In a departure from years past, KDLA will not host a separate Summer Reading Conference.

Instead, KDLA will join with the Kentucky Library Association and the Kentucky Association of School Librarians to support the 2016 Joint Fall KLA/KASL Conference, which will include a Summer Reading strand. This year’s conference will be held on September 21-24, 2016 at the Galt House in Louisville. The theme for the year is “Community Vision – Our Future”.​

Stay tuned to the KDLA Listservs and check back for more program information as it is released.

Regional Children’s and Teen Services (C.A.T.S.) 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. Spring Schedule is now available!

Check our Region Map to find the workshops closest to you.

Summer Reading Webinars

CSLP offers free, 1-hour webinars that review each of the programming manuals, organized by age groups and audience. 2017 program webinars are now available! Click here:

View recorded sessions on past Summer Reading Programs at KDLA’s Archived Webinars page:

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Build Better Summer Partnerships

Co-hosted by the Kentucky Department of Education, Tuesday, January 31st.

This webinar was recorded and is now available on the KDLA Archived Webinars page.