Teaching Resources

This is a challenging time to be a teacher, whether you are in the classroom or teaching virtually. KDL would like to help you, so we created this page with links to resources to assist you. If there is anything additional we could do for you, please contact us at 616-784-2007. Our patron services department will put you in touch with a librarian at your local branch. Alternatively, you could chat live with patron services.

STEAM Activities

Fun videos from KDL staff of projects your students can tackle to explore the realms of science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Homework Help

Lists of KDL-curated research websites geared toward students in K-12 to help with their homework needs.

Student Library Card

Special card just for students living in or attending school in the KDL service area. No co-signer needed.

Personalized Picks

Request a personalized list of recommended books. Tell us what you like to read, and we'll create a list of recommendations just for you.

Download Ebooks

Watch a video tutorial of how to download ebooks from Hoopla and Libby/OverDrive.

Helpful Info

Get a student library card

New online form coming soon

This is a special card just for students who attend school within the KDL service area or live within the KDL service area, with no co-signer needed. Email and phone number are not required, but if that information is entered, the student will receive a notification for any holds on physical books (hold notices for ebooks are linked through the apps themselves), provided they use a person (not school issued) email address. This library card will grant access to our entire library collection (except for Hoopla, Beyond Books items, MEL system or AV items); it's not limited to youth materials. The card will expire in three years or when the student turns 18. If they are able, we encourage students to visit the library with their parents to register for a full-access library card.

How students should fill this form out:

  • First Name field: First name
  • Middle Name field:  Middle name would be great!
  • Last name field: Last name
  • Birth Date: Birth date
  • Address field:  NAME OF SCHOOL
  • City field: City
  • State field: MI
  • Postal Code: 5-digit zip code
  • Phone Number: SKIP
  • Email Address: Optional, but great if they have one that isn't issued by the school. School email addresses reject our messages.
  • 4-Digit PIN: 4 numbers they can easily remember
  • Library: pick a branch, any branch! 
  • Select Register
  • A 6-digit number will display on the screen.  COPY THIS DOWN IN A SAFE PLACE IMMEDIATELY! or take a screen shot and save it or have the teacher come up with a clever way for the student to save this number!  DO NOT LOSE THIS NUMBER!
  • If a student does lose their number, they can go to their local branch or call Patron Services at 616-784-2007, give the staff their name, birth date and school, and we can get them their number.
  • This 6-digit number gives students access to OverDrive/Libby, RB Digital, Freegal, external use of databases, placing holds on books, 3 print items to check out from the library and internet access in the library.
  • It does NOT give them access to Hoopla, Beyond Books items, MEL system or AV items from the library.

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. Do not use a school-issued email address.

Tutorials on downloading our ebooks

Learn how to filter Overdrive materials by audience or maturity level.

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

  • Our tutorials needed some editing after our new website debuted. They will return soon!
  • Scholastic Teachables can be found at kdl.org > learn and research > scholastic teachables. There isn't a video for it yet, but homeschooling parents will love it! You can search by keyword, phrase, or Common Core standard. Filter your results by grade, subject, theme, reading level, and more. Save things to a virtual file cabinet. There are lesson plans, activity sheets, printables, and even mini books to print. Scholastic Teachables isn't compatible with Internet Explorer, so use Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge to access it.

Study Guides for Nonfiction Topics

Book Talks for Tweens and Teens

  • 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)
  • Books for teens (September 19, 2020): Fresh Ink by Lamar Giles, Super Puzzletastic Mysteries by Chris Grabenstein, Rags and Bones by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt, Check Out the Library Weenies by David Lubar, A Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell, Hungry Hearts by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond
  • Realistic fiction for teens (August 8, 2020): Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana Davis, The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves, The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
  • Booktalks for teens (August 1, 2020): The Crescent Stone by Matt Mikalatos and The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson. Also tips on using Novelist to search by subject.
  • Great nonfiction for teens (July 25, 2020): Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu, Illegal by Eoin Colfer
  • Books in verse (July 12, 2020): Solo by Kwame Alexander, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Books for teens (June 27, 2020): Let's Call it a Doomsday by Katie Henry, Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles, The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, Here to Stay by Sara Farizan
  • Mr. Greg with great teen reads (June 6, 2020): The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Miss Sara's picks for teens and middle grade students (May 26, 2020): Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt, They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • Books for teens and tweens (May 20, 2020): Shuri by Nic Stone, Mooncakes by Wendy Xu, Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, New Kid by Jerry Craft, Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
  • More of Sara's favorites for high school and middle grade students (May 19, 2020): Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, Holes by Louis Sachar, The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
  • Realistic graphic novels for teens and adults (May 18, 2020): The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin, New Kid by Jerry Craft, The BackStagers by James Tynion IV, Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin, Illegal by Eion Colfer, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki, Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell, Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk, Guts by Raina Telgemeier, This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, Home After Dark by David Small, Grease Bats by Archie Bongiovanni, Bingo Love by Tee Franklin
  • Teen and tween reads with Miss Courtnei (May 13, 2020): My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi, Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead, Felix Every After by Kacen Callender, Rayne & Delilah's Midnight Matinee by Jeff Zentner, Jackpot by Nic Stone
  • Miss Sara with more of her favorite teen reads (May 12, 2020): Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin, Ghosted in L.A. by Sina Grace
  • Gothic and dark fantasy picks for teens and adults (May 11, 2020): Gotham by Gaslight by Brian Agustyn, Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison, Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman, Justice League Dark by Peter Milligan,
  • Great teen and middle grade reads with Miss Courtnei (May 6, 2020): Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater, Warcross by Marie Lu, Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor, Trials of Morgan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  • Sara discusses books for middle school students and teens (May 5, 2020): Booked by Kwame Alexander, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt, With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Follow kentdistrictlibrary on Instagram for more booktalks. The fall schedule is:

  • Mondays at 11:00am: adult booktalks
  • Mondays at 8:00pm: adult booktalks
  • Wednesdays at 8:00pm: adult booktalks
  • Thursdays at 11:00am: middle grade booktalks

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!

Book Talks for Elementary School Kids

  • Mysteries: King & Kayla series by Dori Hillestad Butler, The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane by Nikki Shannon Smith, Dragons vs. Unicorns by Kate Biberdorf, Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad: Absolute Hero by Valerie Tripp, Elvin Link, Please Report to the Principal's Office! by Drew Deravich, Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie, The Mystery of the Masked Medalist by Maia Shibutani, Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket by Chris Grabenstein, Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter, Julieta and the Diamond Enigma by Luisana Duarte Armendáriz, Finally, Something Mysterious by Doug Cornett, Charlie & a Frog by Karen Kane, Tornado Brain by Cat Patrick, City Spies by James Ponti
  • Seven Clues to Home by Gae Polisner
  • Historical Fiction: Cat Man of Aleppo by Irene Latham, Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome, A Squirrelly Situation by Jacqueline Kelly, Rosie: Stronger Than Steel by Lindsay Ward, the Girls Survive series, The Paper Boat by Thao Lam, When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson, Beyond Me by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk, On the Horizon by Lois Lowry
  • Brave Like That by Lindsey Stoddard
  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Nonfiction recommendations: Mae Jemison by Laurie Calkhoven, Ocean Renegades by Abby Howard, Excellent Engineering by Bob Beattie, Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon by Annette Bay Pimentel, Bringing Back the Wolves: How A Predator Restored An Ecosystem by Jude Isabella, The Forest Man: The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Anne Matheson, Dad and Me Fun in the Kitchen by Danielle Kartes, and a series: Abnormal Field Guides to Cryptic Creatures by various authors
  • The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
  • The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang and The Unteachables by Gordon Korman
  • Beginning chapter books: Trip to the Pumpkin Farm by Rebecca Elliott (Owl Diaries series), Paloma by Cynthia Lord (Shelter Pet Squad series), Frankie Sparks and the Big Sled Challenge by Megan Fraser Blakemore (Frankie Sparks, Third Grade Inventor series), and Sam Wu is Not Afraid of the Dark by Katie & Kevin Tsang (Sam Wu series)

Book Club in a Bag

Reserve a Book Club in a Bag kit

Do you need multiple copies of a physical book for a class or book club? Kent District Library makes things easy with our Book Club in a Bag program, which is available to all KDL cardholders. We have over 270 popular fiction and nonfiction titles to choose from and we add new titles every year. Most kits come with 12 regular print copies of a book, two large print copies and a discussion guide. A kit can be checked out through our KitKeeper service, opens a new window for six weeks and can be picked up at the KDL branch location of your choice. You can also make multiple reservations in advance to cut down on the monthly scramble.

Below you'll find the list of titles offered and instructions for how to reserve a Book Club in a Bag kit today!

Printable lists of Book Club in a Bag titles

How to reserve kits in KitKeeper

There are two ways to search for an available Book Club in a Bag title in KitKeeper:

1) Search by date

To see what kits are available during a specific day/month, it is easiest to search by date first.

2) Search by title

To reserve a specific title, it is easiest to search by title first to view the dates that it is available.

Note: Once your reservation is ready for pickup, the library will send you a hold pickup notification.   The kit will stay on the hold shelf for seven days after you receive the notification for your convenience.

Visit KitKeeper to reserve a Book Club in a Bag:

Go to KitKeeper, opens a new window

Other actions

Please see the printable instructions for complete instructions and details on how to do additional tasks in KitKeeper, including:

  • View your current reservations
  • Cancel an active reservation
  • View your past reservations
  • Print a new discussion guide

 Follow the link to see the complete KitKeeper printable instructions

Storytimes 

There are live storytimes every day of the week streaming on our Facebook page, starting December 2. (there will be no program on days KDL is closed system-wide):

  • Wimee's Words every weekday at 1:00pm in December, or at 4:00pm, starting January 4 (no programs December 14-18 or December 24-25): 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 Tuesdays at 10:00am in December
  • Family Storytime on Thursdays at 10:00am in December
  • Family Storytime on Mondays at 10:00am in January and February
  • Family Storytime on Thursdays at 7:00pm in January and February
  • Rhyme Time on Tuesdays at 10:00am in January and February
  • Storytime with Mr. Dave on Wednesdays in January and February
  • Celebrating Your Community!, a special storytime featuring local artists and performers on Fridays at 10:00am and Saturdays at 11:00am in January and February
  • Babytime on Fridays in January and February

We'll also offer Reading with Fred the dog on Wednesdays at 10:00am on Instagram ( follow kentdistrictlibrary)

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.

STEAM Activities 

Join us on Facebook for KDL Curiosity Lab Online: Ask the Expert as we ask local STEAM experts some curious questions from school age children on January 8, January 29, and February 19 at 1:00pm

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