Tools to learn from home

KDL wants to support parents 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. 

Helpful Info 

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 and be at least 18 years old.

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.

Request a personalized list of recommended books

Tell us what you like to read and we'll use that information to create a list of recommendations just for you. We'll even provide links to our online catalog so you can place a hold or find the item's location. 

Tutorials on downloading our ebooks

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.

Study Guides for Nonfiction Topics

Book Talks for Tweens and Teens

  • Horror graphic novels for teens and adults
  • Fantasy graphic novels for teens and adults
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  • Sanctuary by Paula Mendoza
  • Graphic novels with Black protagonists
  • Graphic novels for teens and adults
  • Sports: Fence by C.S. Pacat, After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay
  • Science fiction graphic novels for teens and adults: Poe Dameron Vol 1 Black Squadron by Charles Soule, Dr Stone 1 Stone World by Riichiro Inagaki, Last Pick by Jason Walz, Mech Cadet Y by Greg Pak, Skyward Vol 1: My Low G Life by Joe Henderson, Sentient by Jeff Lemire, RASL by Jeff Smith, Mooncop by Tom Gauld, ODY-C by Matt Fraction, Shutter by Joe Keatinge, Ex Machina by Brian Vaughan
  • Teen books: Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang, The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum, All Eyes on Her by L.E. Flynn
  • Seven Clues to Home by Gae Polisner
  • Books for teens (November 7, 2020): The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Barnes, Displacement by Kiku Hughes, Into the Clouds by Tod Olson, You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
  • Books for teens (October 31, 2020): These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling, The Witches graphic novel by Pénélope Bagieu, Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries
  • Books for teens (October 10, 2020): Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart, The Agony House by Cherie Priest, Thornhill by Pam Smy
  • Books for teens (October 3, 2020): The Donut Destroyer by Sarah Graley, Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston, In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund
  • Teen and adult graphic novels (September 28, 2020): Adult: Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley, The Photographer by Didler Lefevre, Freedom Hospital by Hamid Sulaiman, Apollo by Fitch Baker & Collins, Paying the Land by Joe Sacco, A Fire Story by Brian Fies. Teen: Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J Krosoczka, The Fire never goes out by Noelle Stevenson, Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash, They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, We'll Soon Be Home Again by Jessica Bab Bonde, Drawing the Vote by Tommy Jenkins
  • Books for teens (September 26, 2020): Tinfoil Crowns (Erin Jones), The Black Flamingo (Dean Atta), Silence of Bones (June Hur), Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is my Nurse (Shane Burcaw), In the Role of Brie Hutchens (Nicole Melleby)

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!

Booktalks for Elementary School Kids

Storytimes

There are live storytimes every day of the week streaming on our Facebook page,. (there will be no program on days KDL is closed system-wide):

  • Wimee's Words every weekday at 4:00pm, March 1 - May 28: Watch Wimee's Words "Wimee's Words" is an interactive LIVE kids show that encourages imagination, vocabulary building, and storytelling through puppetry, music, and wordplay. Join the educational fun where YOUR ideas could become part of the show!
  • Family Storytime on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10:00am, March 1 - May 26
  • Family Storytime on Thursdays at 7:00pm, March 4 - May 27
  • Babytime on Fridays at 9:30am, March 5 - May 28

Mission: Read

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.

Resources to Help Parents with Homeschooling

Fun Links That are Also Educational

  • Live Cams at Monterey Bay Aquarium: Ten live cams with accompanying music let you enjoy ocean life from home.
  • Wolong Grove Panda Yard: The Wolong Grove live cam at the Shenshuping Gengda Panda Center in China's Wolong Valley Nature Reserve provides views into 11 different panda yards.
  • San Diego Zoo's Hippo Cam: Watch the hippos at this world-famous zoo. The zoo has a number of other animal cams, including an ape cam, where you can watch orangutans and siamangs, as well as a tiger cam and a giraffe cam.
  • Tembe Elephant Park: Situated in an area that was once the ancient ‘Ivory Route’, linking Mozambique and Zululand, Tembe Elephant Park is renowned for having the largest elephants in Africa – and the planet! You can also see lions, leopards, rhinos, and more.
  • Audubon Bird Cams: Many live bird cams that follow Atlantic puffins in Maine, osprey nests in Connecticut, and sandhill cranes in Nebraska, among others.
  • The Smthsonian's National Zoo: These are live, but there is a playlist of baby animal videos, where you can tune in to watch short, adorable videos of the zoo’s panda cubs, baby gorillas, cheetah cubs, a newborn gazelle, and even naked mole-rat pups. 
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