Rising to Literacy

Welcome to the 2015 Kentucky Literacy Celebration! We are celebrating the fifth anniversary this year with the theme “Rising to Literacy.”
Kentucky Literacy Celebration (KLC) is a time to highlight literacy successes, share the great work surrounding literacy, and continue the focus on challenges we still face as a state. In the not too distant past, Kentucky was known for its literacy success – in a negative manner, as we hovered around the bottom of national lists. Great strides have been taken to move the Commonwealth upward on those lists and forward in literacy achievements. Kentucky has become a leader in many cases. We have a lot to celebrate, while still keeping a keen eye on the areas of needed improvement. KLC is our internal barometer to spotlight the gains and use them to foster needed changes to ensure literacy success for all Kentuckians.

Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear


The inaugural Kentucky Literacy Celebration (KLC) Week commenced in 2011 with the intent of focusing on Kentucky’s achievements in literacy as well as highlighting challenges we still face as a state. Subsequent years have included greater participation opportunities and outreach. Multiple partners and supporters are pulling together again this year to celebrate Kentucky and literacy.

All of Kentucky's citizens are invited to join by participating in or hosting a literacy-related activity. Schools and educational entities may plan events for their students and staff to highlight literacy. Libraries may spotlight books and authors. Communities and businesses may sponsor an activity that brings awareness to literacy issues and their relevance to workforce, economic, and cultural prosperity. Families may dedicate specific time to read together. Individuals may volunteer to share a book or help with a literacy-related school project. The possibilities are limitless. The goal is to have every Kentucky resident engage in a literacy event, public or private, to emphasize the importance of all aspects of literacy.