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Upcoming Events
  • 4:00pm Day of the Dead Block Prints

    Date: 20 October 2016

    Come learn how to make sugar skull block prints from artist James Adcox in this hands on class. Appropriate for ages 9 and older. Class size limited to 8 people, must pre-register. $4.00 Materials fee.

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  • 5:30pm Book Club

    Date: 20 October 2016
    Summary: New members are always welcome!

    Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
    by Atul Gawande

    In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

    Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.

    Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

    Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

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  • 4:00pm American Girl Sewing Project

    Date: 21 October 2016
    Details: Help us use up our extra supplies and make a fun Halloween costume for your doll!  This program is suitable for children ages 8 and up.  Class size is limited to 8 participants so sign up early at the front desk. $2 materials fee.
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  • 3:00pm Easy Crochet Workshop

    Date: 22 October 2016

    Come learn how to crochet scrubby dots! Class size limited to 6 participants. Must preregister- $3 materials fee.

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  • 4:00pm LEGO Maker Mondays

    Date: 24 October 2016

    Do you like LEGOs? Why not join us to build LEGO creations based on new themes each week and inspired by children’s books!  Designed for children ages 6-12; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

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  • 10:30am Wee Read Story Time

    Date: 25 October 2016
    Details: Designed for children ages 0-3. Enjoy a program full of stories, songs, finger play and more! No registration required.
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  • 4:00pm Scary Pumpkin Sculpting

    Date: 25 October 2016
    Details: Bring your pumpkin, and let’s start sculpting in this hands on class.  We will provide all cutting tools and offer step by step instructions.  Make your pumpkin come to life this Halloween season! Please register at the front desk, space limited to 8 participants. Suitable for adults and teens only.
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  • 10:30am Pre-School Story Time

    Date: 26 October 2016

    Designed for children ages 3-5. Enjoy a program full of stories, songs, movement and more! No registration required.

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  • 5:30pm On A Moonless Light: A Live Storytelling Event

    Date: 27 October 2016
    My sweets, my pretties, my dears...approaching that time where the ghosts and goblins come out to play. Join us for an evening of frightening fables, terrifying testimonies and alarming accounts! Come prepared to share your scariest story or sit back and take in the ghoulish details. Participants are welcome to bring their favorite Halloween recipe  to share. We will be making our classic donut owl! Some of the stories may haunt you so bring your children at your own risk. This program is similar in format to Artic Entries in Anchorage or The Moth storytelling series, with speakers telling true (or just terrifying) stories, with no notes, to a live audience. Open mic format, limited to 10min rotations.
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  • 3:00pm EyeBat Nacklace

    Date: 29 October 2016
    Details: Join us to make a creepy necklace just in time for Halloween! Suitable for ages 12 and up. Must pre-pay to attend class. Materials fee of $3. Class size limited to 9 so sign up early!
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  • How can I get a library card?

    You will need to fill out a short application.

    Please bring photo identification and 2 pieces of recently cancelled mail as proof of address.

    Parents or legal guardians must sign the application for minors under the age of eighteen and must have a library card.

  • How can I check my own library account?

    You can access your account on a computer in the library, by calling the Library at 283-4378, or by signing into the Library Catalog at www.kenailibrary.org

    Use the 14 digit barcode on your card, as your user ID.

  • How long can I keep items? Can they be renewed?

    Most items are checked out for 21 days, DVDs check out for 7 days. Most library materials, may be renewed once if not reserved or on hold for another person.

    You can renew items from home by telephone, by email to kenailibrary@ci.kenai.ak.us, and via the catalog on the library website. Items cannot be renewed on-line if they are overdue.

  • Does the Library offer access to the internet? Is there a charge?

    Public access to the Internet, using Windows 7, at computer stations is available.A Library card or guest pass is needed. Mini-laptops are available for use in the library on the wireless network. Using wireless on your own laptop is available during Library hours. Access is free, however, a prepaid fee of $.25 is charged per page of printing.

  • How do I check to see if you have a book? What if the Library does not have what I need?

    Search in the library and from home by clicking the Catalog Search button. Basic and advanced search options are available. Bring up information on that item by clicking the Details button. If the Library does not own the book you need, you may request an Inter Library Loan. The Library also takes requests for purchase of materials.

  • Does the library use volunteers?

    Yes, Yes, Yes! The Library is always looking for volunteers. We always need shelvers and we sometimes have projects. If you are interested, please stop by the Library to complete a brief questionnaire.

For a full list of library events, please click here

Kenai Community Library Hours
Monday-Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 1pm-4pm

(closed Sundays in summer)