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Research has shown that engaging in early literacy practices such as talking, singing, reading, writing and playing have more of an impact on lifetime success in school than economic status or family education level. Public libraries offer activities in their early childhood programming to learn all of these skills, but many people are not aware that these services are available free of charge in their communities.


To promote public libraries as valuable service providers of school readiness and expand literacy programs in the state, the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) has formed the Kentucky Public Library School Readiness Task Force. The 54-member task force is made up of public librarians, representatives from the Kentucky Department of Education and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, a University of Kentucky professor and staff from KDLA.


“Public libraries in Kentucky have provided pre-school literacy services through story time groups and other activities for many years,” said task force member and KDLA children’s and youth services consultant Heather Dieffenbach. “With the governor’s emphasis on early childhood education, we wanted to create awareness that public libraries have long been an important community partner in providing early literacy experiences.”


In 2009, Gov. Steve Beshear created the Task Force on Early Childhood Development and Education, which is now a part of the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Education. This task force created a definition for school readiness for Kentucky, which states, “In Kentucky, school readiness means that a child enters school ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences that best promote the child’s success.”


The task force also found that “families, early care and education providers, school staff and community partners must work together to provide environments and developmental experiences that promote growth and learning to ensure that all children in Kentucky enter school eager and excited to learn.”


Paul Sawyier Public Library youth services specialist Lynn Baker was instrumental in creating the Kentucky Public Library School Readiness Task Force.


“As a public service organization connected to early childhood literacy, public libraries in Kentucky are in the perfect position to help families, children, schools and communities prepare for success in kindergarten,” said Baker.


“While the public library has long been at the forefront of early literacy services within state and local communities, traditional programs (such as story hour and outreach services, which are rich in early literacy experiences) have not been universally recognized as services meant to help prepare children, families and communities for school,” said Dieffenbach. “The Kentucky Public Library School Readiness Task Force will educate officials and parents of the important role of public libraries in school readiness.”


The Kentucky Public Library School Readiness Task Force members are:


Heather Dieffenbach, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives


Lynn Baker, Paul Sawyier Public Library (Franklin County)


Katy Grant, Louisville Free Public Library


Kate Schiavi, Louisville Free Public Library


Libby McWhorter, Boyle County Public Library


Sandy Linn, Calloway County Public Library


Cheryl Clemons, Grant County Public Library


Sherry Noon, Anderson County Public Library


Delania Adkins, Pike County Public Library


Danielle Anguish, Henderson County Public Library


Emily Snyder, Taylor County Public Library


Ashley Crace, Lincoln County Public Library


Monica Edwards, Warren County Public Library


Lise Tewes, Kenton County Public Library


Marla Ford, Mary Wood Weldon Library (Barren County)


Nellie Jordan, Carter County Public Library


Bookie Wilson, Woodford County Public Library


Tyra LaVerne, Boone County Public Library


Aimee Newberry, McLean County Public Library


Marie Rogers, Meade County Public Library


Jackie Saturley, Christian County Public Library


Kay Morrow, McCreary County Public Library


Patty Brown, Marion County Public Library


Susie Cain, Graves County Public Library


Stacy Tiller, Spencer County Public Library


Rhonda Kendziorski, McCreary County Public Library


Debbie Horn, Paris-Bourbon County Public Library


Christina Partin, Pineville-Bell County Public Library


Amanda McReynolds, Allen County Public Library


Ari Barron, Madison County Public Library


Cindy Franklin, Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library


Faith Mulberry, Owen County Public Library


Carol Sexton, Pulaski County Public Library


Crystal Packard, LaRue County Public Library


Amy Reisenberg, Gallatin County Public Library


Donna Fee, Clay County Public Library


Shannon Sandefur, Daviess County Public Library


Sarahbeth Farabee, Shelby County Public Library


Kinzie Gaunce, Lexington Public Library Public Library


Malta Fannery, Jackson County Public Library


Jessica Bray, Jackson County Public Library


Michele Turner, Campbell County Public Library


Carole Ann Faulkner, Logan County Public Library


Angel Killough, Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library


Misty Strain, Clark County Public Library Public Library


Sandy Fleshman, Rowan County Public Library


Bessie Gray, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives


Paige Sexton, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives


Jonathan Campbell, Floyd County Public Library


Jennifer Timmerman, Boone County Public Library


Dr. Maria Cahill, University of Kentucky


Bill Buchanan, Kentucky Department of Education


Albert Fox, Governor’s Office of Early Childhood


Kathy Mansfield, Kentucky Department of Education


KDLA provides equitable access to quality library and information resources and services, as well as helps public agencies ensure that legislatively mandated documentation of government programs is created, efficiently maintained and made accessible. For more information on KDLA resources, programs and services visit www.kdla.ky.gov or call 502-564-8300 ext. 315.


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