Annual Conference


Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy is committed to training and staff development.  We have a yearly conference to fill this need.  We provide workshops, keynotes and networking to anyone who is involved or wants to be involved with early literacy.  Past conferences have had information about brain research, working with the bilingual community, sensory storytimes and much more.  We encourage you to join us each year for an educational day!


Thank you for joining us in a wonderful, first-time ever two-day virtual conference, including our first Leadership Institute, followed by the Main Conference. 2020 Conference information can be found here. We are still updating this site as we receive resources from presenters.

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ALSC President Kirby McCurtis

Library Journal Mover and Shaker Janet Damon

We recorded all sessions. They will be available for viewing for up to a year.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to edit captioning and other information for the sessions.

We provided CART Live Event Captioning for all sessions!



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.


CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s Rising Star, Outreach Librarian Carolyn Valencia from High Plains Library District. 

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.


CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s Hero, Child and Family Library Services Coordinator Lori Romero from 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. 


CONGRATULATIONS to the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation.

Previous Conference Information


Links to presenter content from this year and previous years can be found at 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