Kenwood Library

Kenwood Library


Kenwood library is a place of imagination and exploration.  Where else can you explore the planets, solve a mystery and create your own story, all in the same place?  We have a large collection of fiction and nonfiction books just waiting for you to discover them!


We are so excited to see our students during library time this year!


Mrs. Lehr- Librarian

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Mrs. Denzer- Library Clerk

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Book Checkout

Looking to browse for books? Visit our online catalog, Destiny! Students in grades K-1 may request 1 book and students in grades 2-5 may request 2 books. Please remember that you will only be able to check out new books if your previous ones have been returned.

Book Cart

We are offering scheduled library book pick-up timesfor remote learners. Just place a hold in Destiny and we will contact you to schedule a pick-up time! In-person learners will have the ability to check-out library books at school.

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Happy Reading!


Kenwood Library

In the summer of 2002, several past presidents of ISLMA discussed the need for a K-3 children's book award. The ISLMA Board established a work group to investigate creation of such an award. In April 2003, ISLMA approved the establishment and support of The Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers' Choice Award.

The name Monarch was chosen because of its familiarity to K-3 children and to symbolize the growth, change and freedom that becoming a reader brings. The Monarch is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children's books, authors and illustrators. The program is open to all K-3 age children in Illinois.  (

Click here to see the Monarch Award 2021 Master List

In the spring of 2008, the ISLMA board approved establishing a committee to explore the possibility of a new book award that would fit between the Monarch and Rebecca Caudill Awards. Interested library media specialists met in June, and an outline of the proposed new award was presented to the board in August. In September, a survey about the new award was conducted, and 92% of respondents favored the creation of a new award. The ISLMA board approved the new award at their October meeting.

The award is designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles. Named in honor of Big Bluestem which is the state prairie grass, the award may include both timeless classics and current titles, as well as books that have appeared on Monarch and Rebecca Caudill lists. (

Click here to see the Bluestem 2021 Master List

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