Registration Contact Info:

Jessica L. Powell 
Kentucky Public Library Association 
502-222-9713 x304


Wednesday, April 15                   



Thursday, April 16

Conference (full day)


Friday, April 17

Conference (half day)

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Conference Location:

Holiday Inn- University Plaza 
1021 Wilkinson Trace
Bowling Green, KY 42103

Driving Directions 

Kentucky Public Libraries in 2020:

a Common Ground, a Common Good

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, April 15-17, 2020

Holiday Inn- University Plaza
1021 Wilkinson Trace
Bowling Green, KY 42103

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.