KASL Winter Newsletter

Baby It's Cold Outside, but it's HOT in the Library

From the President

Do you have an idea you would be willing to share that answers one of these questions...

Inspired your students? Collaborated with a teacher? Encouraged more reading? Learned the ins and outs of a program? Addressed core content? Mastered a piece of technology? Made your day-to-day library work less stressful? Used the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards? Re-arranged your library to meet student needs and interests? Had to rebuild a library after a disaster? Found ways to advocate for your library program? Increased teen interest in libraries? Used e-books successfully? Work in a BYOD school? Have a school with 1:1 technology? Revamped your collection? Serve more than one school? Linked with authors or other schools? Decorated on a dime?

The possibilities are endless, but the experts are here among us. Your K-12 library colleagues would like to hear your ideas. Grab a friend or colleague and present together! Go to www.kasl.us and click on the “Conferences and PD” header. Click on the link as indicated. Despite the heading at the top, KASL (K-12 librarians) will be using the KLA form to propose a session. Be sure to note “KASL” in the box where you are asked if it is sponsored by a section or round table. The February 21 deadline is approaching, so get those ideas in!!

Making your case to attend is much easier with your principal when you also note that you will be presenting a session.

KASL sessions will be on Friday afternoon, Sept. 19 and all day on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The KBA Author Luncheon will also be on Saturday this year. The vendor/exhibit area will be open until Friday afternoon. To make hotel reservations, see full conference information at KLA’s website: www.klaonline.org

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Janet Johnson Wells

President, Kentucky Association of School Librarians, 2013-2014

School Librarian, Grades 9-12

Rockcastle County High School

P.O. Box 1410

1545 Lake Cumberland Road

Mt. Vernon, KY 40456

Phone: 606-256-4816 ext. 2533

FAX: 606-256-3755


Author Jeff Kinney Visits Bowling Green Jr. High

The students at Bowling Green Jr. High School were entertained by author Jeff Kinney when he came and spoke at BGJHS on January 10th. Barbara Hines, the school librarian, won a contest through Scholastic and the visit was the prize. He spoke to the entire student body in the gym and had a meet and greet in the library. The students and staff really enjoyed it.



Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 8pm


Join KY Librarians across the state discuss educational issues on Twitter every Tuesday night from 8:00 -9:00 p.m. E.S.T.

NEA's Read Across America

Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 10am-12pm

5101 Hinkleville Rd

Paducah, KY

Coming soon to the CFSB Play Center

at Kentucky Oaks Mall

The Kentucky Education Association

and First District Education Association



FEBRUARY 22, 2014, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Bring your kids to meet the

Cat in the Hat!

Stay for story time and enjoy free books and other goodies for children!

KYSTE Conference

Wednesday, March 5th, 8am to Friday, March 7th, 3pm

140 N 4th St

Louisville, KY

Redefining Horizons
Moving Le@rning Forward

McNet Conference sponsored by First District Association of School Librarians (FDASL) & McNet Group

Friday, May 30th, 9am

4810 Alben Barkley Dr

Paducah, KY

Registration Information coming soon

KASL Summer Refresher

Tuesday, July 15th, 9am

Berea, KY, United States

Berea, KY

Madison Southern High School

More details and call for presenters coming soon.


Southern District
November 7th, four members of Southern KY Association of School Libraries (previously 3rd District) met at Panera in Bowling Green to revise district by-laws to include the district name change and meeting procedure updates. Creating a Southern District website was also discussed and Renee Hale of Warren Elementary in Bowling Green has already established a Facebook page for the district. Participants also enjoyed district fellowship and a wonderful buffet of finger foods in a suite at the Galt House Friday evening of KLA/KASL, sponsored by WKU's LME department and faculty members Dr. Marge Maxwell and Dr. Andrea Paganelli, where we also began discussions about the webpage idea and also outreach efforts to strengthen our district organization. Plans are to further promote the outreach with specified activity in our Southern District's 2014 Spring Meeting April 17th at Butler County Middle School with President Latisha Cardwell presiding. KET will also share new aspects in programming, and our 2nd Share Fair will be provided by volunteers who have signed up for presenting information on Google Docs, Symbaloo, and Cataloging Free Ebook Websites, where attendees will have the opportunity to access their own Destiny accounts to catalog these websites and free ebooks during the session. More sessions will be provided according to more volunteer sign-up.
--submitted by Latisha Cardwell

Mark your calendars now for our Spring CKASL meeting! It will be held on Tuesday, April 22 at Madison Southern High School in Berea, KY. Dinner will begin at 5:30 pm with the meeting following at 6:00 pm. This is a working meeting at the host site of the Summer Refresher. Please click here for a brief survey indicating your preference for the presentation portion of the meeting.

Congratulations to Felica White, LMS at Madison Middle in Richmond, for bringing the most guests to our Fall meeting. Who will win the prize for bringing the most guests to the meeting??? Can this be your first meeting? Join us!!! We want to continue to grow stronger in members, advocacy and as a professional learning community. Visit our website for more information and to join today!

The Central district is comprised of the following counties, although we welcome everyone to attend! Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jackson, Woodford, Jessamine, Lee, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Midway, Montgomery, Nicholas, Powell, Rockcastle, and Scott.

It is that time of year again! Nominations for Central Kentucky Outstanding Media Librarian are open. The application is due March 7th, 2014. If you have questions please let me know. Thanks so much.

Damonica Partin, NBCT

Library Media Specialist

STLP Sponsor, STC



Here is what Rosenwald-Dunbar Elementary is doing to celebrate it, how about you?
Jason Moncer, NBCT
Library Media Specialist
I Love to Read Week 2014

HOT New Award Winners

APPS I Recommend

Book Sources to Surf While You are Snowed In

Professional Resources

Resources for educators that could be added to a media center's professional collection:

The Association for the Gifted mentions professional books about gifted education on its website: http://www.cectag.org/

The page that has the list of books can be found in the Resources section of the website.
submitted by Lisa Phillips

Beyond Proficiency @your library’s Library Media Program Rubric includes a link to a sample collection development policy on page 6. Below is a direct link to the sample policy.



Kathy Mansfield

Library Media/Textbooks Consultant

Kentucky Department of Education

President's Day Classroom Resources