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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Update from Author Selection Committee

The KBF 2014 Author Selection Committee
has not finished their review process of 2014 applications.
Authors should be notified about the status of their
submissions by August 15th. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

2014 Kentucky Book Fair Advertising Information

33rd Annual

Kentucky Book Fair

Advertising Information


The Kentucky Book Fair is offering advertising space in its 2014 catalog. There will be a 18,000-print run including 13,000 mailed to book buyers and book lovers at libraries and businesses and to readers in general.
Space can be reserved until Aug. 22; ad materials are due Aug. 29.
Sixteenth (Button) 2.2813" wide x 2.5" tall $65
Eighth page 4.6875" wide by 2.5" tall $130
Quarter Page 4.6875" wide by 5" tall $260
Half Page (vertical) 4.6875" wide by 10" tall $455
Half Page (horizontal) 9.5" wide by 5" tall $455
Full Page 9.5" wide by 10" tall $780
We prefer PDFs but will take any file except Publisher.
We cannot use or open Publisher files.
Ads must be a minimum 300 dpi.
Please send them electronically to or

Ads also can be mailed on disc to Connie Crowe,
Kentucky Book Fair, P.O. Box 715, Frankfort, KY 40602.
However, space must be reserved beforehand and the ad must arrive by Aug. 29.
The Kentucky Book Fair reserves the right to make
alterations to ads that do not fit specifications.
Payment must be made in advance, payable to Kentucky Book Fair.
Checks can be mailed to Kentucky Book Fair, P.O. Box 715, Frankfort, KY 40602.
Questions should be directed to KBF Manager Connie Crowe at or
KBF Marketing Chair Michael Embry at

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kernels of Kindness

Kentucky Book Fair has been nominated to receive a grant from Jolly Time Popcorn.

To celebrate 100 years of JOLLY TIME, we want to share the joy we’ve felt for a century. In honor of our big birthday, we will be awarding 100 $1,000 grants to people and organizations around the country who bring joy and happiness to others by doing good in their communities.

Thanks for submitting nominations! We received thousands of amazing stories of people doing good in their communities. The nomination period has concluded. Check back in August when we’ll start announcing 10 winners per week.

Click here to learn more

Monday, June 16, 2014

Kentucky Librarian -- Mary Lynn Collins wins ALA award

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that Mary Lynn Collins, a library trustee from Frankfort, Ky., is the winner of the 2014 White House Conference on Library and Information Services (WHCLIST) Award. The award, which is given to a non-librarian participating in National Library Legislative Day, covers hotel fees in addition to a $300 stipend to reduce the cost of attending the event.

During this year’s National Library Legislative Day, to be held May 5–6, 2014, hundreds of librarians and library supporters from across the country will gather in the nation’s capital to meet with members of Congress to discuss key library issues. As a champion for libraries, Collins incorporates her first-hand knowledge of the Kentucky legislature into her advocacy strategies. Before Collins became a founding member and current president of the Friends of Kentucky Libraries, she served for nearly 30 years on the staff of the Kentucky legislature as a legislative analyst.

The White House Conference on Library and Information Services—an effective force in library advocacy nationally, statewide and locally—turned its assets over to the ALA Washington Office after the last conference was held in 1991 in order to transmit the spirit of committed, passionate library support to a new generation of advocates. Leading up to National Library Legislative Day each year, the ALA seeks nominations for the award. Representatives of WHCLIST and the ALA Washington office choose the recipient.

Collins has used her legislative experience to gain support for Kentucky libraries that are facing harmful lawsuits in the past few years. In the future, she plans to lead her library group to increase advocacy efforts with congressional representatives.

“As a member of the Friends of Kentucky Libraries, I have seen advocacy at the state and local level become more important each year,” said Collins. “We have in the last three sessions of our state legislature seen legislation that was deemed detrimental to libraries and through the advocacy of library professionals, trustees and friends, and we have been able to defeat those efforts.”

“Library advocates like Collins are making the difference for local libraries across the nation by communicating the value of libraries to key decision makers,” said Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association. “She will be a great ally for libraries and the services that libraries continue to provide, even in these tough economic times.”

About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Jazzy Wright
Press Officer
Washington Office