Monthly Archives: November 2016

The CLEL Steering Committee is Looking for New Members!

The CLEL Steering Committee consists of 13 members who are passionate in their belief in the importance of the library’s role in promoting early literacy skills for children aged birth through five and their caregivers. We are currently looking for 5 new Steering Committee members who will also act as Chairs and Co-Chairs for the following sub-committees: advocacy, grants and fundraising, training, and annual conference.  Good with numbers and budgeting? Join our Grants and Fundraising Committee, which also represents the CLEL Bells! Want to inspire other organizations outside of libraries to value early literacy? Our advocacy team would love your ideas! Want to get more librarians involved in CLEL? Want to oversee the nation’s ONLY conference dedicated to early literacy in libraries? The membership and annual conference teams would love to have you!

The Steering Committee meets once every 3 months (January, April, July, and October), so if the time commitment is nerve-wracking, fear not. We meet in Centennial, but we have remote access for those who are unable to attend the meetings in person. Each member of the Steering Committee serves for a term of three years.

If you are a gung-ho guerrilla storytime guru, if you wake up singing Pete the Cat, or if you play to learn just like Mister Rogers said to, you are a perfect candidate for the CLEL Steering Committee. Be on a team on the forefront of early literacy in libraries!

Interested candidates may send their names, contact information, and a short biography (no longer than 150 words) to Don’t want to serve but know someone who would be perfect for the job? Pass this information along! All submissions must be received by Friday, November 18.


Colorado Teen Literature Conference Call for Proposals

Colorado Teen Literature Conference.  Denver, April 1, 2017 (No joke!)

Kindly excuse any duplication/cross-posting

Hello everyone,

The 29th Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference will be held at Denver’s Auraria Campus on Saturday, April 1, 2017, with keynote speakers Greg Neri (author of Tru & Nelle) and Gail Corriger (author of Etiquette & Espionage).

We are currently accepting proposals for program sessions at the conference. This is an excellent opportunity to try your hand as a presenter or moderator of a discussion panel.  Traditionally this forum has been a terrific event for networking and learning about best practices for working with our teen populations and keeping current in Teen Literature.

We are looking for workshops that appeal to an audience of both adults (teachers and librarians) and teens, presented by authors, educators or experts in young adult literature.

We especially encourage proposals in the following areas: writing for teens and kinetic programs to engage teens in literature.

Sumbit your proposal at:

Deadline for proposals is November 15, 2016!

This popular event is generously sponsored by Metropolitan State University of Denver, the Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS), Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Young Adult Advocates in Libraries (C’YAAL), and REFORMA Colorado.

Should you have any questions, please contact Karen Bradley at or Jill Adams at

We look forward to working with you!

The CTLC Planning Committee