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Tools to learn from home

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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. 

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Get a library card

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. 

Use the library from home

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

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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:

Homework Help

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

Book Talks

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!

Storytimes 

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.

STEAM Activities 

    Links For More Fun Educational Sites

    Visit the Smithsonian's July 4th collections

    Get your family’s next adventure started 

    Check out these links to great online experiences outside KDL, such as National Park tours or listening to middle grade authors read their books. 

    Live webcams from many National Parks

    Take a virtual farm tour

    Livestreams from ocean and aquarium cameras

    San Diego Zoo livecams

    Learn from home with the Ringling museum

    Interactive Museum of the World from the British Museum

    Wide Open School

    Online teaching resources for teachers and families like Time for Kids, YouTube Learning, and noggin. 

    Miss Humblebee’s Academy 

    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. 

    Fun virtual learning

    Links to virtual marine biology camp, writing prompts, storytime online with celebrities, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and more.

    More fun links to learn at home

    Links to lesson plans and ideas from Gryphon House, virtual travel on You Visit Travel,  National Geographic for kids, Go Noodle, and more.

    KDL Blog

    Boredom Buster: Amazing Inventions

    Hey kids! Ready for your next Boredom Buster?  Today’s mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read about amazing inventions that could change your life, then see if you can create your own!

    Boredom Buster: Fun with Flags!

    Hey kids!  Ready for your next Boredom Buster?  Today’s mission, should you choose to accept it, is to choose a flag from another country in CultureGrams: Kids Edition and draw it.