2020 Conference


Kentucky Public Libraries in 2020: a Common Ground, a Common Good

April 15-17, 2020     Holiday Inn University Plaza, Bowling Green, KY

With all the amazing and innovative work going on in spaces large and small, old and new, in Kentucky Public Libraries, this is a great opportunity to share your expertise, ideas, and best practices with your fellow library workers from throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

Register for the conference here.

Holiday Inn hotel reservation block available here.  

A sampling of 2020 KPLA Spring Conference sessions is available here.

Preconference Sessions

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Ryan Dowd,  The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness


This session is offered twice: both at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and again from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.                                       

Ryan Dowd runs the second-largest homeless shelter in Illinois, is author of the ALA book, “The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness,” and trains organizations around the world. Rural, urban, and suburban homelessness is an increasingly visible trend accross Kentucky, challenging both communities and library staff members. This pre-conference will teach how to compassionately, confidently, and effectively address problematic behavior from patrons experiencing homelessness, mental illness, addiction or trauma. Trustees, Directors, and those attending the youth services pre-conference are all encouraged to attend either the morning or afternoon session of Mr. Dowd’s workshop.

Trustee Forum: All the Things You Wish You Knew Before Becoming a Library Trustee                              

This session is from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.                                                                                                                           

Meet other trustees from around the state and engage in a facilitated discussion of topics including: director evaluation, advocacy, intellectual freedom challenges, budgeting best practices, what should really go in the minutes, trustee/director roles and responsibilities, and more.

What the hell is connected learning?:  Transforming Youth Services  
This session is from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.                                                                                                                               

Presenters:  Krista King-Oaks (Boone County Public Library), Veronica Rainwater (Warren County Public Library), and Tracy Thomas (Louisville Free Public Library)                                                                                       

How did you feel about school?  Who were your friends? What were your dreams for the future? Asking yourself these questions is the first practical step towards a new model of working with youth in your community known as “connected learning”. Participants in this workshop will  learn how to build inclusive youth programming that focuses on equitable library services for children and teens to reach the “unreachable”. 

Directors’ Forum: The LISTSERV Goes Live
This session is from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Ever wish we had a chance to talk through issues a little more thoroughly than we can on the directors’ listserv? Now is your chance! Join us as we discuss the burning issues in our libraries. We will facilitate discussions on advocacy, HR intricacies, security options, management styles and legal issues. Seasoned directors and the newly annointed are all encouraged to attend. This is your opportunity to add to and benefit from the collective wisdom of library directors.

Keynote Speakers

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Marc Brown, Children’s Book Author and Creator of Arthur

An affable aardvark named Arthur stars in many of Marc Brown’s acclaimed children’s books. The bespectacled character, whose adventures mirror the lives of young audiences from preschoolers to beginning readers, is the center of an empire that includes print, an Emmy-winning animated series now the longest running animated children’s show in history. 

Amy Sedaris, Author, Actress, Comedian

Amy Sedaris is a prolific actress, author, comedian and rabbit educator. She has appeared often on screen, both large and small. She is the co-creator, with Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello, of the hit cult comedy series Strangers with Candy and half of the Obie-winning “Talent Family” playwright team (with her brother, David). She is also the author of two New York Times best-selling books, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence and Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.

Season three of Amy’s Emmy nominated comedy series, “At Home with Amy Sedaris”, premieres on truTV in 2020. In this series co-created by Sedaris and Paul Dinello, Amy shows off her diverse but necessary homemaking skills as the host of a fictional hospitality show.

Free Awards Luncheon

The Thursday afternoon Awards Luncheon is included in the cost of registration for the first 350 attendees that register and claim a ticket!  This means you will have more time to celebrate the success of our award winners and time to mingle after lunch with the vendors.

Thursday Evening Dine-Arounds

Sign-up to join a small group of colleagues as they dine at various restaurants around Bowling Green.  This is a great way to make new friends and talk about all things library in a relaxed atmosphere. Each group will have a facilitator to keep the conversation flowing and stress free. Sign up for a dine-around here.

Professional Head Shots

We live in a world that thrives on appearances. Do you have a decent head shot to use when the media comes knocking?  A professional photographer will be onsite for a limited time offering one free head shot to those that register.  Details to follow.

Wednesday Evening Board Game Night

Drop in to meet other board game geeks and game the night away. 

Wednesday Evening Stitch-In

Stitchers, crocheters, knitters, and all other needle workers are invited to join Debbie Cosper’s (mostly) annual Stitch-In.  This year’s theme, “Common Thread”, will meet Wednesday at 6 pm in Debbie’s suite (exact location announced Tuesday evening). Email or text her to let her know you plan on coming dcosper@thebookplace.org or 606.547.6139


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