APRIL, 2017


The theme for this year’s celebration is “Libraries Transform!”  We are celebrating the critical role libraries play in the digital age, and showcasing the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals across the nation.  On April 10 the “State of America’s Libraries Report” will be released, including the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2016!



The City of Kenai Department Parks & Recreation and the Kenai Community Library are inviting all young poets to submit an original poem about nature to be considered for the Pathways of Poetry program.  Twelve poems will be chosen, three from each of 4 grade age divisions, to be printed on fabricated signs and displayed along Kenai City trails.

The contest is open to all students in the 1st through the 12th grade attending public, private or home school or living within the boundaries of the City of Kenai.  Entries must be the original work of the student, and may be submitted by the author, or by a teacher, parent or guardian.

Poems must be 21 lines of text or fewer, and not more than 500 characters; they must be family friendly, and typed or written clearly in English.  Each student may enter one poem only.

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2017.  Winners will be honored at a Kenai City Council meeting and at the Pathways of Poetry Kick-Off Celebration.  For confidentiality and safety, the full names of the student poets will not appear on the printed signs.  Complete rules and registration packets can be picked up from the Kenai Community Library, or by clicking here Poetry Contest without KPBSD.


The Kenai Community Library has an impressive collection of poetry books for your reading pleasure!  We have all the greats:  Keats, Shelley, Browning, Dickenson, even Ginsburg!  We have silly poems by Ogden Nash, haunting poems from Poe, the manly poems of Rudyard Kipling , and the feminist works of Edna St. Vincent Millay.  We have old poems—Beowulf, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey—and we have books by poets so new you probably haven’t even heard of them!  We have translated poems by Dante (Italian), Federico García Lorca (Spanish), Vladimir Nabokov (Russian), and the afore-mentioned

Beowulf, which is printed in the original Old English side-by-side with the modern translation.  We have books of collected poems of all sorts.  We even have slightly naughty poems, which you will have to find for yourselves.

Look for our Poetry collection in the “original” part of the library (behind public computer terminals 7 and 8), and check out something for Great Poetry Reading Day, April 28!


There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away,
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears a Human soul

~Emily Dickenson



Creative Alaskans of all ages, from preschoolers to professionals, are

invited to submit their original designs for a new, limited edition, license plate to be issued by the DMV for the next four years.  Draw, paint, collage, batik, photograph; as long as the end result can be rendered in 2-D, all techniques are welcome!

Visit for design guidelines and templates, or for information.  Submissions will be accepted  until April 24, 2017.


The addition of the Kenai Community Library to the Alaska Library Consortium has brought numerous benefits to our patrons, such as the ability to borrow books, cds, dvds, and other materials that are not in the Kenai collection from other member libraries, and to return items owned by other libraries to Kenai to be sent home.  These benefits are free for all cardholders, but they do come with a cost –mostly postage and labor– as these traveling items must be scanned, sorted, boxed, weighed, labeled, picked up and mailed through the United States Postal Service, both ways; or, with Soldotna books, physically packed up and driven between libraries by a staff member.  We are talking about a LOT of books, a significant amount of staff time, and hundreds of dollars in postage.

You can help save some of these extra costs by picking up Soldotna books in Soldotna and Kenai books in Kenai if at all possible, and returning them to their originating library.  Please limit the use of “holds” on Kenai and Soldotna items to those that are currently checked out, so that you can be notified when they have returned, and to books, dvds and cds that are not available locally and must be sent by mail from another library in the Consortium.