Annual Conference


Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy is committed to training and staff development.  During our annual conference we provide workshops, keynote speakers and networking to anyone who is involved or wants to be involved with early literacy.  Past conferences have had information about brain research, community outreach, sensory storytimes and much more.



Thank you!

Thank you for joining us for another successful CLEL Conference 2021!

35 states and 2 Canadian provinces joined us for our first ever 3-day virtual conference.

We utilized the Whova app for the virtual conference again this year. 

All sessions will be recorded and available for 6 months and offer live captioning.

Contact us if you require additional accommodations.

Learn more about CLELCON 2021

Schedule updates, keynote speakers, and Author Panel details!


Congratulations to our 2021 Award Winners!


The CLEL Rising Star Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional work in early literacy. This person may be newer to the field and a rising star who inspires others to do outstanding early literacy work.

Julia Makowski, Buena Vista Public Library

CLEL HERO AWARD (Individual)

The CLEL Hero award is a career achievement award for outstanding generosity to Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy and/or the support of early literacy in the state.

Betsy Brainard, Arapahoe Libraries


For outstanding commitment to the promotion of early literacy throughout the state of Colorado and consistent support of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy. 

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Thank you to our sponsors:

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Previous Conference Information


Links to presenter content from this year and previous years can be found by clicking the links below.

2020 Conference Materials


2019 Conference Materials

2018 Conference Materials

2017 Conference Materials

2016 Conference Materials

2015 Conference Materials


2014 Conference Materials 


2013 Conference Materials


2012 Conference Materials