February 2018 Newsletter


It’s flu season. Browse articles in Consumer Health Complete to learn more about the common cold and influenza.

Search "Valentine's Day" in Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center for craft ideas.

Find helpful How-To Videos in the Home Improvement Reference Center Toolbox section.

Find personal finance information from trusted sources in MasterFILE Complete.

Missing a branch of your family tree? Search MyHeritage Library Edition for your relatives.

Need help sorting through complex topics like immigration? Look to Points of View Reference Center.

Science Fair coming up? See the Science Reference Center  Reference Shelf for inspiration.

Starting your own business? Small Business Reference Center can help.

Having trouble hearing? Remember Consumer Reports when researching health products.

Take 30 minutes each weekday to learn a language with Rosetta Stone.

Prefer analysis over news? The global, non-partisan international relations coverage in World Politics Review  is your answer.

Love graphic novels? Literary Reference Center Plus includes analysis of a range of graphic novels; Scroll through the Featured Collections on the home page and click the Graphic Novels: Biographies & Literary Criticism icon.

Traveling soon? Read up on local news we're you're going in Newspaper Source Plus.

Looking for great recipes? Check out Explora for ideas to cook with kids, cooking through cancer, cooking organic on a budget & more.



Steam Laundry” by Alaskan author Nicole Stellon O’Donnell will be available for unlimited eBook access for the month of February!  Alaska Reads is a biennial statewide reading program that features a selected publication by a living Alaskan author. More info on Alaska Reads and this title can be found at




     The Alaska State Library has three 8-week public library internships available for the summer of 2018.  Applicants must have recently received, or be near completion of, a Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science.  Two projects are located in Anchorage and one is in Petersburg.  Interns will receive travel reimbursement, a $4000 honorarium and free housing for the duration of their projects.  Go to for details.  The deadline for applications will be February 15, 2018.



The rules of the Library are pretty simple; they haven't changed since Kindergarten. If your average 5-year-old can learn and follow them, so can everybody.  To Re-cap:

►Absolutely NO FOOD and NO DRINKS in the Library (that includes water, and “closed” containers) - books, computers and carpets do not mix well with crumbs and liquids.

►No SLEEPING in the Library - there’s a Kenai City ordinance banning that one, so it’s actually against the law;

►Be QUIET -  please take your cell phone calls and your loud conversations to the lobby, or ask if a study room is available;

►Be CONSIDERATE - which covers all other behaviors that might interfere with other people’s peaceful enjoyment of the Library.



When applying for your PFD,  please consider a donation to the Friends of the Kenai Community Library.  Our Friends help buy new books and equipment beyond what the City of Kenai can fund, and sponsor programs for people of all ages, including the very popular Children’s Summer Reading Program.



The Library will be closed Monday, February 19, for President’s Day




January 2018 Newsletter


     In an attempt to encourage residents to apply for the PFD using online resources,  the State of Alaska has once again reduced the number of printed Permanent Fund Applications available to the public.   The Kenai Community Library has received a limited number of paper PFD applications, which will be available January 2nd, 2018 on a first come, first served basis; once they are gone we will not be getting any more. 

     For patrons without access to the internet, online applications can be securely submitted from the library public computers, though staff will not be able to offer extensive assistance.  Residents with complex questions, or who need help navigating the online application process, should contact the Legislative Information Office, located in the Old Kenai Courthouse Building (right next to the library), which has computers available and trained personnel ready to help Monday through Friday, from 8:15am to 4:30pm.



The deadline to enter the University of Alaska Press Permafrost Fiction Book contest is January 15, 2018. First prize is $1000 and the winning book will be published.  Manuscripts should be a minimum 150 pages, and must be submitted online.  Contest details can be found at  


As winter approaches - bringing cold weather and family drama - we crave page-turners, books made for long nights and tryptophan-induced sloth.                Sarah MacLean



     Is your New Year’s resolution to brush up on your Spanish, or maybe to learn Norwegian?  The Mango Language programs are available free online from the Kenai Community Website; there are several dozen to choose from, including Pirate!

     The Alaska State Library has also put together a list of all sorts of free websites and apps for learning  and practicing world and native languages, as well as English as a Second Language.  The pages can be found under the “learn a language” square on the SLED home page, or by going directly to the link

    You can choose from almost any current natural language, as well as Esperanto, Latin, Klingon or High Valyrian!



Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest open to students enrolled in grades 4-12. The deadline for Alaska entries is January 12, 2018.  Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write a letter to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Prizes are awarded at both state and national levels.   For more information, including guidelines, judging criteria, tips, entry information and forms, visit .


The Library will be closed New Year’s Day, January 1, 2018





December Newsletter

I    LIKE    BIG


I like big books and I cannot lie
you other people can’t deny
that when a book sits there with a crazy bunch of pages full of a plot for the ages
you get sprung;
wanna pull out your glasses cause you notice that book’s got mass(es).
Deep in the pages you’re reading –
you’re hooked and you can’t stop needing.
That book… you wanna get with it
just keep reading and never quit.
My bed time tries to warn me
but that plot it’s got makes me just wanna squee.
Ooh, Rumpelstiltskin
your story is just too thin!
So, read on, read on
cause this ain’t your average Don Juan.
I’m tired of the lyin’
there’s no denyin’ –
it’s big, it’s thick
got it going like a magic trick!
I’m tired of short book flings
big book commitments are the things.
Tolstoy, Bronte: would tell you that –
books gotta be real fat.

So, book nerds (yeah!) book nerds (yeah!)
Has your big book got the weight? (hell yeah!)
Then flip ’em (flip ’em!) flip ’em (flip ’em!)
Flip those fat book pages;
Big Books got game!

Wallace Yotevich



     OverDrive Labs has produced a new set of Library Apps good for IOS (Apple), Android or Microsoft which are designed to be user friendly and easy to understand.  Simply download the correct app to your phone, tablet, netbook, computer, etc., enter your library card information, and Search, Sample, Borrow, Enjoy.

     It takes just a few taps to find and borrow a book. Libby has a ground-breaking built-in ebook reader, and a beautiful audiobook player. If you prefer, you can send books to your Kindle for reading.  Don’t like it?  You can continue using the existing Overdrive Apps.

· Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space

· Sample any book with a tap — nothing to download or delete

· Try a zoomable graphic novel, or a picture book with read-along audio

· All your holds and loans are consolidated on a single shelf

· Tag titles as read, loved, hated, wishlist, schoolbook, beach-reading, whatever you like

· Your loans, holds, reading positions, bookmarks and notes are synchronized automatically across all your devices 

· Keep track of your reading history in the Activity tab



Students, teachers and parents are invited to visit to learn about the importance of coding in our day-to-day lives, and to access a wide variety of activities designed to introduce students to coding.



Please do not leave vehicles running in the parking lot; exhaust is getting into the library through the vents and causing problems for our visitors and staff.