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Humanities council awards grant to kid lit conference
Written by Denise Burdette   
Thursday, August 09, 2012 12:08 PM

The Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. recently awarded a $1,000 grant to the 2012 Ohio Kentucky Indiana Children’s Literature Conference.  This grant allows the conference committee to invite two nationally known authors to deliver the keynote addresses while keeping the conference fees as low as possible to the participants.


The theme of the 2012 OKI conference, to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Ky., is “From a Book to e-books.”   Keynote speakers are Gary Schmidt, National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature in 2011 and winner of both Newbery and Prinz Honor awards; and Loren Long, children’s book writer and illustrator whose work has reached the Number 1 position on the New York Times best-selling list.  A pre-conference public event will be held Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch of the Campbell County Public Library.


Workshops at the full-day conference will help teachers, librarians, and parents make effective use of the latest in e-resources.  Workshop topics include “Web Tools and Resources for Reading and Reading Instruction,” “Building Literacy Neighborhoods:  Bridges between Public Schools and Public Libraries,” “Mobile Apps in Early Childhood,” and “Deepen Learning through Digital Storytelling.”  There will also be Meet-the-Author sessions, reviews of the latest children’s books, and a manuscript critique option for those interested in writing for children. 


At the pre-conference public event, families and children will have the opportunity to meet and talk with Gary Schmidt and Loren Long.  A panel of local children’s authors will also be present on Friday night to discuss their books and the publishing process.  All authors will be available to autograph books.


Registration for the conference, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch, is $75 until Thursday, Oct. 25, and $85 thereafter.  Student registration (full-time students with valid I.D.) is $35.  For more information and registration form,


In addition to the Kentucky Humanities Council, sponsors of the 2012 OKI Children’s Literature Conference are The Blue Marble Children’s Book Store, Boone County Public Library, Campbell County Public Library, Clermont County Public Library, Dearborn Highlands Arts Council, Kenton County Public Library, Newport City Schools, Northern Kentucky University, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Thomas More College, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University.


The Kentucky Humanities Council is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is not a state agency, but is a proud partner with the state’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. For information about the Kentucky Humanities Council’s programs and services, visit