2022 Conference

Kentucky Public Library Association’s 2022 Conference:

KPLA: Navigating Our Way Forward Together

March 16 – 18, 2022

Join colleagues, industry experts, and members of the Kentucky public library community at the Kentucky Public Library Association’s (KPLA) annual spring conference, to be held in-person at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky on March 16-18, 2022.

This professional development opportunity offers informative and applicable sessions, social networking activities, time to interact with vendors, and more.

Conference Registration

The KPLA 2022 Spring Conference will include a pre-conference on Wednesday, March 16; one full conference day on Thursday, March 17 from 8:00am to 4:00pm; and one half day conference on Friday, March 18 from 8:00am to 1:00pm. 

Keynote speakers include certified Dare to Lead instructor, Leah Brown; #1 New York Times bestselling YA author, Jason Reynolds; actress/author Sonia Manzano, best known for her role as Maria on Sesame Street; and Commissioner of Public Libraries for Kentucky, Terry Manuel.

KPLA is for all library workers – directors, librarians, front line staff and more, so we hope to see you there!

To register for the KPLA Spring Conference, please click here.  You will need your KLA login information to register.  If you would like to take advantage of member conference prices, please be sure to renew your KLA membership or join as a new KLA member before you register for the conference.  You can renew your KLA membership or join as a new member here

Conference Fees

A schedule of conference fees can be found here.

Conference Schedule 

The final conference schedule can be found here.

Hotel Information

To make hotel reservations at the Holiday Inn University Plaza, which is connected to the Sloan Convention Center, please click here.  Hotel reservations made after February 20 will not receive a KPLA discount.  Hotel reservations that are cancelled 72 hours before the conference will be fully refunded.  

Covid Protocol

KPLA is committed to the health and safety of all conference participants.  As of this posting (February 17, 2022), The CDC recommends wearing masks indoors in public spaces in order to maximize protection and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  KPLA asks that conference participants please adhere to this CDC recommendation.  Thank you!

Reasons to Attend

Interesting and applicable sessions, networking with colleagues, interacting with vendors, and hearing exclusive talks from keynote speakers are just some of the reasons to attend KPLA’s annual conference.

  • Sessions that inform, advise, and inspire – for all levels of employment/experience, and all members of the library community
  • Social networking activities
  • Opportunities to visit with vendors on both days of the conference
  • Trustee pre-conference led by the Kentucky Department of Libraries & Archives
  • KPLA awards and recognition of excellent work happening in libraries across the Commonwealth
  • Dare to Lead certified instructor, Leah Brown
  • Author Jason Reynolds
  • Actress, author, and advocate Sonia Manzano


Have a question not answered here? Please contact:

Rachel Smith

2022 Conference Planning Committee Chair



We look forward to seeing you at the 2022 KPLA Conference!


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