Registration for CLELCON22 Opens August 18

Registration for both the CLEL Virtual Conference and the Growing Readers Together Summit at CLELCON opens August 15, 2022.

Registration fee for the CLEL Virtual Conference is $35 for both days and the in-person Growing Readers Together Summit is $15.

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.  What began in 2008 as a small annual meeting has turned into a full day conference that attracts hundreds attendees, including some from out of state, and is recognized nationwide as a premier early literacy professional development opportunity.

From the beginning, CLEL has been committed to accessibility. Membership is free and conference costs are kept to a minimum to encourage and allow broad participation for library staff, students, volunteers, and trustees in libraries in Colorado and beyond.

In 2020 the Conference Committee continued to provide low-cost, high quality professional development in while pivoting to a virtual environment. The first virtual CLELCON drew speakers and participants from across the country. CLEL also introduced the Leadership Institute to the conference in 2020. In 2022, the leadership Institute will be reimagined as a learning track, with pertinent sessions available on both days of the conference.

CLELCON22: Bridging the Gap

CLEL Virtual Conference

October 6 & 7, 2022 11am – 4:30pm MT

Cost: $35 for both days

CLEL is proud to once again offer our annual conference sessions virtually! Our virtual conference is able to reach members from across the continent and provide learning opportunities in a safe environment. We are excited to offer several tracks at the 2022 conference — Early Literacy Foundations (for those new to the field or wanting a refresher over core EL knowledge), Early Literacy Leadership (for those that are leading change — with or without the title), and Early Literacy News (trends & developments in the field). The 2022 conference will be delivered live via Hopin and all Keynotes and breakout sessions will have live captioning and be recorded.

Growing Readers Together Summit at CLELCON

October 14, 2022 9am – 4pm MT

Cost: $15 including a box lunch

This year CLEL will also offer an in-person opportunity, in partnership with the Colorado State Library, at the Douglas County Library in Parker, CO. The in-person summit celebrates the Growing Readers Together (GRT) grant project and the lesson learned from libraries across Colorado serving Family, Friend and Neighbor caregivers through exceptional early literacy service and outreach. The summit will offer professional development and networking opportunities for all early literacy professionals.


Registration for CLELCON22 is now open. Registration fees for the CLEL Virtual Conference is $35 for both days and the in-person Growing Readers Together Summit is $15. You must register for each event separately.

Virtual Conference Registrants: please watch for an additional email from our platform, Hopin, with log-in details for the event. Set up your profile and network with other attendees before CLELCON22 using your unique login link. 

Scholarships Available

The Colorado State Library and CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium) are providing 16 scholarships to the CLELCON22 Virtual Conference. Scholarships are available to library staff, volunteers and students who work, volunteer or attend school in Colorado. We ask scholarship recipients to write a blog post for the CLEL blog with a focus on the conference session that most impacted you and why.

The application for scholarships has closed.


Every year CLEL recognizes the outstanding work and impact of individuals and local organizations that support and enhance early literacy in Colorado libraries. CLEL solicits nominations and the Steering Committee votes, based on the merits highlighted in the nomination letters. Winners are announced at the annual conference.

Nominations are OPEN for the 2022 Awards! Do you have a Colorado colleague who has done outstanding work in early literacy?  Have you partnered with a local organization whose support made a difference in the lives of children? Please consider nominating them for one of our annual CLEL awards. 

Submit the Nomination Form by September 2, 2022.

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. 

LENA Start

Previous Conference Information

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

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