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35th annual Kentucky Archives Institute set for July 19; deadline for registration is July 12

The 35th annual Kentucky Archives Institute is scheduled for July 19 at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) on 300 Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort. The deadline for registration is July 12. The Kentucky Archives Institute, sponsored by the Friends of Kentucky Public Archives Inc. and KDLA, provides information for scholars, archivists, librarians, general researchers and genealogists...

Lexington writer Jeff Worley to be inducted as Kentucky’s next Poet Laureate April 24

Award-winning writer Jeff Worley of Lexington has been appointed 2019-2020 Kentucky Poet Laureate. Worley will be inducted as the next state poet laureate as part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Writers’ Day celebration, 10 a.m. April 24 at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, 300 Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort. “I’m grateful for the recognition and I’m very eager to...

Kentucky Archives Institute scheduled for July 20 at Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

The 34th annual Kentucky Archives Institute is scheduled for July 20 at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, 300 Coffee Tree Road, Frankfort. Presentations will focus on online resources and research opportunities. Featured speakers include Nicka Smith, Ancestry.com; Greg Nelson, FamilySearch.org; Kari May and Cathy Crum, KDLA; and representatives of public universities in Kentucky. A...

Dept. of Libraries and Archives announces 10 winners of Library Sciences Tuition Scholarships

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) today recognized 10 recipients of the Library Science Tuition Scholarship for the spring 2018 semester. The public library staff members will use the scholarship from the State Board for the Certification of Librarians to help them meet Kentucky certification requirements by completing college-level library science courses. The scholarship...

New exhibit gives visitors to Kentucky’s Capitol a first-hand look at some of state’s historic archives

Visitors to the Kentucky State Capitol will now have the opportunity to see historic documents, photographs, maps and other materials from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives’ (KDLA) archival collection.  Outside the Capitol Rotunda, two permanent display cases, donated by the Friends of Kentucky Public Archives, Inc., will feature rotating historic items from KDLA’s State Archives....

Annual Kentucky Archives Institute set for June 23; state’s 225th anniversary the focus of presentations

The 33rd annual Kentucky Archives Institute is scheduled for June 23 at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), 300 Coffee Tree Road, Frankfort. In celebration of Kentucky’s 225th anniversary of statehood, presentations will focus on early Kentucky history, records and research. Featured speakers include Dr. Richard Taylor, visiting writer, Transylvania University; Kandie Adkinson,...

Ten Kentucky public libraries receive 20-year construction grants worth over $20 million

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) has awarded 10 Public Library Facilities Construction Fund grants totaling $20 million over 20 years. Each library will receive an allotted dollar amount annually for the next 20 years to assist with debt retirement. The total amount KDLA is distributing among the libraries per year is $1 million. Yearly allotments range from $18,200 to $207,390,...

Bluegrass Book Buddies: Hampton adds literacy component to Lt. Governor’s Challenge Series

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton announced a new literacy challenge Tuesday, the Bluegrass Book Buddies (KYB3), as part of the Lt. Governor’s Challenge Series. It is the second challenge of that series, which also includes the ‘Entrepreneurship Challenge’. The KYB3 Challenge is an initiative inviting Kentuckians of all ages to try reading in a fresh way through meaningful community and shared...

Lexington seventh-grader among winners of $1,000 college head-start scholarship

Twelve-year old Obadiah Hamilton of Lexington is getting a head start on saving for college after participating in the On Your Mark, Get Set…Save for College! reading program, sponsored by the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT) and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA). The Hamilton family was awarded a $1,000 KESPT college savings plan account last week at the Lexington...

Veteran state employee Terry Manuel appointed new state librarian, commissioner of KDLA

Terry Manuel, a 24-year employee with the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), has been appointed the new State Librarian and Commissioner of KDLA. Manuel has served as the Acting State Librarian/Commissioner since February 2016. “I am delighted that Terry Manuel is heading the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Terry’s expertise as both a librarian and historian...

A book for anyone’s taste ready for autograph at Frankfort’s 33rd Kentucky Book Fair

(Photo from KBF)   Nearly 200 authors will participate in the 33rd annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 15 at the Frankfort Convention Center, signing and talking about books as diverse as basketball, bourbon and the Beatles.   The book fair, Kentucky’s premier literary event, is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1981, proceeds from the fair have resulted...

Annual Kentucky Book Fair provides nearly $400,000 in grants to school, public libraries

(Photo from KBF)   Nearly 200 authors will participate in the 33rd annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 15 at the Frankfort Convention Center, signing and talking about books as diverse as basketball, bourbon and the Beatles.   The book fair, Kentucky’s premier literary event, is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1981, proceeds from the fair have resulted...