While everyone is adjusting to the many aspects of social distancing, two of the hardest hit groups are kids and teachers. Kids, because they are missing the academic structure and social engagement that a traditional school setting brings and teachers, because their mission to instruct and guide has been drastically redefined.
KDL wants to help prevent learning loss, which can impact future academic success, and support teachers as they navigate this new paradigm in teaching.
That’s why we created this new page, where all of our learning resources reside. Some of them will be familiar and others are new, brought to you by KDL staff who have been busy behind the scenes creating content for online storytimes, booktalks, and much more.
If you don't have a KDL card, you can apply for an online-only card that will grant you 90 days of access to our digital collection and research databases. As a requirement to apply, you need to live in the KDL service area. Normally you need to be at least 18 years to get this online-only card, but we are temporarily suspending this requirement.
A sampling of our online offerings, including our digital ebook and audiobook collection, livestreamed KDL programs, tools to learn new skills and research resources.
Summer Brain Gain Learning Activity Packets
Kent ISD is offering Summer Brain Gain learning activity packets full of fun activities for students to try out at home. Each packet contains a week's worth of activities.
The packets are available in three different ways:
- Visit the KISD Summer Brain Gain website to download and print the packets yourself.
- Order the packet to be delivered to your home through KISD's Summer Brain Gain website:
- Click on your grade-grouping level.
- Fill out the "Need help using these learning sites or resources? Contact us!" form.
- Ask us, Kent District Library, to print the packets out and place them on our holds shelf for you at your local KDL branch.
Request Brain Gain packets from KDL
Below are links to lists of KDL-curated research websites geared toward students in K-12 to help with their homework needs. Log in with your KDL card number.
Short Tutorials on Some of Our Most Useful Homework Help Resources for Kids
- Britannica Fundamentals, for grades K-2
- Britannica Elementary, for grades 3-4
- Britannica Middle School, for middle school students
- CultureGram Kids, for grades 2-5
- EBSCO ebooks, for grades K-8
- Little Pim, for grades preschool-K
- Middle Search Plus, for middle school students
- Novelist Plus, for grades K-8
- PBS Learning Media, for preschool-12th grade
- PebbleGo, for grades preschool-3rd grade
- Primary Search, for grades K-5
- Read It!, for middle school and high school students
- Tumblebooks, for grades K-6
- Books for teens (June 27, 2020)
- Mr. Greg with great teen reads (June 6, 2020)
- Miss Sara's picks for teens and middle grade students (May 26, 2020)
- Great books for teens and tweens (May 20, 2020)
- More of Sara's favorites for high school and middle grade students (May 19, 2020)
- Realistic fiction novels for teens and adults (May 18, 2020)
- Teen and tween reads with Miss Courtnei (May 13, 2020)
- Miss Sara with more of her favorite teen reads (May 12, 2020)
- Gothic and dark fantasy picks for teens and adults (May 11, 2020)
- Great teen and middle grade reads with Miss Courtnei (May 6, 2020)
- Sara discusses books for middle school students and teens (May 5, 2020)
- Mystery graphic novel picks for teens and adults with Hannah (May 4, 2020)
- Great teen and middle grade reads with Miss Sara (April 28, 2020)
- Fantasy graphic novels for teens and adults with Hannah (April 27, 2020)
- Miss Sara's favorite books for teens and middle grade students (April 21, 2020)
- Nonfiction graphic novels for teens and adults with Hannah (April 20, 2020)
- Teen and tween reads, part two (April 15, 2020)
- Teen and tween reads, part one (April 15, 2020)
- Miss Sara's favorite books for teens (April 14, 2020)
- Superhero graphic novels with Hannah (April 13, 2020)
- Books for teens and tweens with Miss Courtnei (April 8, 2020)
- Book recommendations for teens and middle grade students by Miss Sara (April 7, 2020)
- Science fiction graphic novel recommendations for teens and adults from Hannah (April 6, 2020 )
- Young Adult novel recommendations from Miss Courtnei (April 1, 2020)
- Favorite books for teens and tweens with Miss Sara (March 31, 2020)
- Monster and creature graphic novels for teens and adults with Hannah (March 30, 2020)
- Books for teens and tweens with Miss Courtnei (March 25, 2020)
- Books for teens and tweens with Miss Sara (March 24, 2020)
- Web comics published as books with Hannah (March 23, 2020)
Book Discussion Guides for Middle and High School Books
Want to read a book together with a group? These titles are all available through Hoopla, one of KDL’s apps for digital downloads. With Hoopla, there are no limits on the number of copies checked out, so you can have a copy, your best friend can have a copy, your mom can have a copy… everyone can have a copy!
Want to know more about the titles before you check them out? Visit kdl.org and type the name of the book into the search bar. After you’ve clicked on the title name, scroll to the bottom to the “Explore” tab – this will give you publisher reviews, age recommendations, readalikes and more. Happy reading!
- Refugee by Alan Gratz (J Gratz)
- In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (Teen Winters)
- Redwood and Ponytail by K. A. Holt (Teen Holt)
- The Giver by Lois Lowry (Teen Lowry)
- Sabriel by Garth Nix (Teen Nix)
- Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds (Teen Reynolds)
- The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (J Turner)
- The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix (JNF Bonhoeffer)
- Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (Teen Oppel)
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Teen Acevedo)
- Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (Teen Murphy)
- Monster by Walter Dean Myers (Teen Myers)
- Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman (Teen Shusterman)
- The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger (J Angleberger)
- Wringer by Jerry Spinelli (J Spinelli)
- Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (Teen Creech)
- The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis (Teen Ellis)
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Teen Riordan)
- Feed by M.T. Anderson (Teen Anderson)
There are live storytimes every day of the week streaming on our Facebook page. The schedule is:
- Wimee's Words, Mondays at 9:30am
- Family storytime, Mondays at 10:00am
- Sing-along storytime, Mondays at 10:30am
- Rhyme Time Music & Movement, Mondays at 7:30pm
- Family storytime, Tuesdays at 10:00am
- Babytime, Tuesdays at 1:00pm
- Toddler Time, Thursdays at 1:00pm
- Bedtime storytime, Fridays at 7:30pm
Mission: Read Activities
Mission: Read is our reading program open to enrollment by students in K-3. The mission? Read for 1,000 days before 6th grade. Although 1,000 days sounds like a lot — and it is — Mission: Read makes it fun!
Learn more on our Mission: Read page and enroll online via the Beanstack website or app (Android | iOS). We also offer paper packets if you want to participate offline but these will not be available until our branches reopen.
- Vocabulary practice with DIY Scattergories (May 28, 2020)
- Sticky note games (May 21, 2020)
- Sequencing and vocabulary (May 19, 2020)
- Vocabulary activity with synonyms and antonyms (May 13, 2020)
- Sight words (May 12, 2020)
- Booster Pack activities: fluency (May 7, 2020)
- Race car phonics (May 5, 2020)
- Word dominoes (April 28, 2020)
- Fly swatter sight words with Miss Jackie (April 27, 2020)
- Comprehension Dice activity (April 23, 2020)
- Booster Pack reading activities (April 22, 2020)
- Mystery bag (April 21, 2020)
- Booster Pack activities at home (April 16, 2020)
- Booster Pack activities (April 15, 2020)
- Booster Pack activities (April 14, 2020)
- Phonemic awareness Booster Pack activites at home with Miss Ashley (April 9, 2020)
- Phonics activities with Miss Leigh (April 8, 2020)
- Fun and easy reading activities with Miss Jackie (April 7, 2020)
- Using Booster Packs at home with Miss Ashley (April 2, 2020) — Booster Packs are kits filled with books, games and activities tailored for kids in kindergarten through 3rd grade as part of Mission: Read
- Rhyming activity with Miss Leigh (April 1, 2020)
- Cutting and folding paper (July 1, 2020)
- Create a sidekick bot with Miss Courtnei (June 17, 2020)
- Astronomy with Miss Audrey (June 10, 2020)
- Angry Birds launcher with Miss Audrey (May 29, 2020)
- Make bouncy balls with Miss Audrey (May 22, 2020)
- Make a kite with Miss Courtnei (May 21, 2020)
- Upcycle and experiment with old CDs, DVDs, and CD-ROMS with Miss Julie (May 18, 2020)
- Zipline Olympics with Miss Audrey (May 15, 2020)
- Miss Courtnei's rubber egg experiment (May 14, 2020)
- Monday morning STEAM (May 11, 2020)
- Friday STEAM activities with Miss Audrey (May 8, 2020)
- Magical milk experiment and an enchanting paper craft with Miss Courtnei (May 7, 2020)
- Mathematical art with Miss Julie (May 4, 2020)
- Create a 3-Flower with Miss Courtnei (April 23, 2020)
- Marvelous magnets with Miss Julie, for kids K-6th grade (April 20, 2020)
- Elements with Miss Audrey, for kids ages 10 and up (April 17, 2020)
- STEAM experiments (April 17, 2020)
- Get crafty with Miss Courtnei (April 16, 2020)
- Growing indoors with Julie for kids K-6th grade (April 13, 2020)
- STEAM with Miss Audrey: homemade solar panel, for kids ages 10 and up (April 10, 2020)
- An eggcellent STEAM activity with Miss Courtnei (April 9, 2020)
- Creative ways to use empty toilet paper tubes (April 6, 2020)
- Thermodynamic generator with Miss Audrey, for kids ages 10 and up (April 3, 2020)
- STEAM time with Miss Courtnei (April 2, 2020)
- Creating with cardboard with Miss Julie for kids K-6th grade (March 30, 2020)
- Water electrolysis with Miss Audrey, for kids ages 10 and up (March 27, 2020)
- Simple STEAM activities with Miss Courtnei (March 26, 2020)
- Architecture with Miss Julie for kids K-6th grade(March 23, 2020)
- Make a fingerprint notebook with Hannah (March 22, 2020)
- Iggy Peck Architect with Miss Courtnei (March 19, 2020)
Links For More Fun Educational Sites
Check out these links to great online experiences outside KDL, such as National Park tours or listening to middle grade authors read their books.
Online teaching resources for teachers and families like Time for Kids, YouTube Learning, and noggin.
An interactive kindergarten-readiness program that introduces children ages three to six to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music.
Links to virtual marine biology camp, writing prompts, storytime online with celebrities, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and more.
Links to lesson plans and ideas from Gryphon House, virtual travel on You Visit Travel, National Geographic for kids, Go Noodle, and more.