The State Library offers a variety of program kits guaranteed to satisfy public library patrons and stretch a library’s programming dollars.
- These kits may be checked out for nine weeks and may be renewed for an additional two weeks upon availability.
- All kits are listed in the KDLA Catalog. Check the individual catalog records for plot summaries, kit contents, and age levels.
- Reservations can be made by using Kit Keeper. To reserve a kit please visit our main
KDLA Youth Resources @ Your Public Library
KDLA Youth Resources flyer (PDF)
Please feel free to share this flyer with schools and other interested groups in your community. The flyer explains about our youth book discussion and programming kits, how to request them, and how to find lists of titles available for scheduling. We are eager to increase circulation of these valuable resources and hope they will provide your library with an additional way to partner with schools and other groups in your area.
Public library and school staff can use our STEAM based thematic kits to assist in the planning of storytimes, lesson plans, and other programming; incorporating developmentally appropriate encounters involving S.T.E.A.M. concepts – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math – into everyday experiences. Public libraries can make the request directly from KDLA; schools need to request the kits through their public library.
Through these fun, educational materials – books, manipulatives, resources guides, games and toys – children and youth will be encouraged to explore, create, and share to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills – keys to lifelong learning success.
KDLA has thematic kits full of fun, enriching science and art. Topics range from skeletons to design, from mendhi to shapes and colors – these kits encourage kids and adults to explore, create, and learn at the library and at home.
These kits contain a large number of developmentally appropriate materials—books, CDs, DVDs, electronics, games or toys, and resource guides.
Interactive Mystery Kits
Mystery Kits include everything needed to plan and produce a mystery program for a group of 20-25 participants. The Anyone’s Guess series is designed for grades 6 – 9. Anyone’s Guess Junior series is designed for grades 3 – 5.
- Anyone’s Guess Junior Mystery Program Kits (grades 3-5)
The original bookplate designed by illustrator Mark Teague disappeared before it could be displayed. Who took it?
My Grandmas’s Gonna Kill Me!
Eleven year old Wanda Tuggle is missing a valuable gift from her grandmother. Was it stolen or did she misplace it?
Who’s a Fraidy Kat?
Kathleen “Kat” O’Leary is the leader of the school Spirit Squad and popular student at Garden Grove School. But someone is leaving threatening notes in her locker and bedroom. Who would want to scare Kat away from school?
- Anyone’s Guess Mystery Program Kits (grades 6-9)
Cracks in the Wall
The body of a general contractor is found in the library wall during major repairs. Can concrete evidence bring a murderer to justice?
Death Gets a Red Card
Who would want the popular varsity soccer player .... dead? Evidence includes a threatening note and a letter from a private school.
The Disappearance of Angela Day
Is she a runaway, or the victim of a crime? Evidence includes a list of stolen cars and a snake tattoo.
Heavy Metal Kidnapping
The mystery is different from the others because it uses a research-based format. The players/detectives must use research sources (web-based and/or paper-text- based) to solve clues and fact-check statements by the suspects.
Trent Tanner, the male lead in his high school play, was found dead at center stage after the final performance. Did the meet his tragic end at the hands of a dastardly villain?
The Pharaoh’s Curse
She was her prom's Queen of the Nile until the accident...or was it attempted murder? Evidence includes a note in hieroglyphics and a summons to appear before the Student Court.
Rock n Roll Over Dead
The music librarian is found dead. Can the Battle of the Bands go on without her? Evidence includes music lyrics and an order for a pesticide company.