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.
Special card just for students and teachers living in, attending school, or teaching in the KDL service area. No co-signer needed for students.
Lists of KDL-curated research websites geared toward students in K-12 to help with their homework needs.
Scholastic Teachables offers teaching resources for every subject such as lesson plans, mini-books and activity sheets to help educators plan for the school year. Teachables content extends from Pre-K to 6th grade.
Tell us what topic you're hoping to feature in your classroom, what your students are specifically interested in, or just what you hope to read on your day off, and we'll create a list of recommendations just for you.
Watch a video tutorial of how to download ebooks from Hoopla and Libby/OverDrive.
Access KDL's archives of excellent content from past streaming programs, book talks, STEAM activities and more!
Get a student or teacher library card
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. This library card will grant access to our entire library collection (except for 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
- Last name field: Last name
- Birth Date: Birth date
- School: Name of School
- 4-Digit PIN: 4 numbers they can easily remember
- Library: pick the branch nearest your school
- 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.
A sampling of our online offerings, including our digital eBook and eAudiobook collection, livestreamed KDL programs, tools to learn new skills and research resources.
Learn how to filter Overdrive materials by audience or maturity level.
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
- Weather and Climate
- Engineering and Design
- Forces and Motion
- Measurement and Data
- Computers and Coding
- Statistics and Probability
- Cultures of the World
Book Club in a Bag
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.