KASL December Newsletter


Our KBA reader committees are busy reading and evaluating books for the upcoming 2022-2023 Master Lists! Do you have a book you'd like considered for the upcoming master list? Be sure to nominate it HERE!

Several KBA Resources have recently been added to the resource page! Be sure to check out the interactive activities submitted by Kentucky School Librarians. Have a resource to share? Please email a link to maria.atkins@hart.kyschools.us or kbacoordinator@gmail.com.

  • https://history.ky.gov

    • Onsite field trips

      • You can expand your visit by signing up for a Learning Lab (takes an extra hour and is $2 per student)

    • Virtual field trip options as well

      • Live and onsite over Zoom, done just for you and your students

      • $75 per session. Scholarships available.

      • Host a Historian

        • live/lecture format with Q&A after

        • $50 per session. Scholarships available.

    • National History Day in Kentucky

      • Science fair for history lovers

      • Compete at regional/state/and national levels

    • KAS Connections and other Educator Resources

      • Tons of digitized primary sources that connect at all levels of KAS

      • Pinterest board of resources by topic

Contact, Claire E. Gwaltney for additional information.


Spotlight! KET Educational Consultant, Kathy Davis

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My position on the KASL board as KET representative allows me to network with a group of

professionals I truly admire. Before taking the position at KET as an Educational Consultant I had served as an LMS in Kentucky’s public schools for 10 years. I had spent eight years as Nancy Elementary’s (Pulaski County) LMS and then 2 years at Somerset High School. In my position on the board, I update the board members on all the resources and events KET provides to help educators and students in their educational endeavors. Being on the KASL board gives me the opportunity to stay abreast of all the things that makes the library and librarians the educational hub of the school! As I always say, “Once a librarian, always a librarian!”

Check out these KET resources:

Young Writers Contest- new and improved this year with a graphic novel category.


PBSLM’s new resource “Social Studies Shorts” with new episodes being added soon, including The Kentucky Derby!


KET’s virtual learning series will resume in Feb 2022!


Meet KASL's Auditor, Lisa Fierro!

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Hello library colleagues. I am your KASL Auditor. I get to work with our amazing Treasurer, Fred Tilsley, to monitor the books. In this position I’ve learned how our organization runs behind the scenes. For example, your purchases through the KASL store and purchases of KBA labels are some of the ways we keep our grants funded. What’s even better, is that we use that money to fund our KASL awards and grants.

I joined KASL in 2011. By becoming active with a position on KASL, in addition to joining the 5th district I felt more connected with my tribe. Before, I felt like I was trying to stay afloat in my own world. The thought of doing more or attending another meeting felt like it was too much, too exhausting. But attending district or KASL meetings has been energizing. I feel a sense of belonging and more connectedness in my practice. As Library Media Specialists, we are the only ones in our buildings who understand what we do, which is isolating, but together on a district level and a state level, through KASL, we are a community. I regularly learn new techniques and strategies that make life in the library world easier. We all want successful library programs, and we are stronger together through KASL.

This year I’m focusing on working with our ELL newcomers. With our ELL population increasing rapidly, this group must learn a lot quickly, all while transitioning to another country. And what better way to learn about the world than at the library?! I’ve learned that libraries and reading for pleasure are not as common in our newcomers’ countries (predominantly Guatemala and Honduras). These students asked me to genrefy our Spanish section so they could easily find books that interest them. Just like when I genrefied our English fiction, I found gaps in the Spanish collection. In addition to purchasing print copies, I also purchased the ELL package from Mackin in part of the Kentucky Shared Consortium. This gives these students a digital option of eBooks and audiobooks. As I continue to build this ELL section in my library, I’m looking forward to having a book tasting and tracking the data as these students grow into readers.

Meet Sherri Hammons, District President!

My name is Sherri Hammons, I am the current president of the Upper Cumberland Association of School Librarians. Our district is a little different than the other districts. We rotate hosting the fall and spring conferences each year. We rotate it by alphabetical order of county names, whoever’s turn it is to host becomes the officers for the district that year. So this year Knox County is hosting the meetings and I was elected president. I have been a librarian in my county and at my school for 30 years and this is the way we have always done it. It seems to work for us.

I have been a member of KASL for about 20 years. KASL offers assistance in many ways. I usually try to attend the Summer Refresher PD each year. I like that we can get PD hours over the summer in the subject that relates to our job. I always come away from summer refresher with fresh new ideas and new energy to start the year. KASL also helps with the KBA awards that help me decide which books to purchase and use during the year so my kids can vote on the books they enjoy the most. KASL keeps me up to date on current library related issues from ALA and the state of Kentucky.

I encourage everyone to participate in KASL and their local association.

Summer Refresher: July 11-12, 2022 Ashland, KY

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KASL is the professional organization of all Kentucky School Librarians, a state affiliate of the Kentucky Library Association, and a national affiliate of the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association.