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Summer Learning Track: The Young Traveler

This Summer, challenge your children to see the world! Find the beauty in all the different cultures of the world by reading inspiring books, watching foreign films, and gaining new experiences by attending multicultural children's programming at the library! Get started by using this sample learning track, or develop your own! The challenge begins on May 30th, and goes through August 16th.

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An Afternoon of Stories with Donna Washington for ages 6 and up
Enter the fables and folktales of the globe with the captivating voice of nationally-acclaimed storyteller Donna Washington. 
3 p.m., Thursday, July 16 -- Main
 
Say Hola to Stories for all ages    
Join us for this monthly bilingual storytime and enjoy songs and stories in both Spanish and English!
10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, June 3, July 8, and August 12 -- Main
10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 4 -- St. Andrews
 
Healing Force for families
With storytelling and song, booming drums and shaking gourds, this family shares a rousing celebration of African culture. Get ready to sing and dance in this high-energy performance!
10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 16 -- Main
3 p.m., Tuesday, June 16 -- St. Andrews
 
Criss Cross Mangosauce for families
Explore Latin-American folktales and songs that take you from Mexico to Argentina, the Caribbean Sea to the Andes, and the Amazon to Patagonia.
11 a.m., Friday, June 26 -- Ballentine
3 p.m., Friday, June 26 -- Blythewood
 
African Songs and Rhythms
Join local art phenom Seitu Amenwahsu for drums, stories, songs and more.
1 p.m., Tuesday, July 21 | Hyatt Park Recreation Center | 927 Jackson Avenue, Columbia, 29203
 
Egbe Kilimanjaro African Drummers 
Join EGBE Kilimanjaro, a family of African Drummers and Dancers, and learn about the culture of the Gullah Geechee community through the art of drumming.
10 a.m., Wednesday, July 22 -- Blythewood (To accommodate a large group, this program will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church gymnasium across the street from the library in Blythewood)
3 – 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 22 -- Southeast

Enjoy taking a trip to anywhere with these great multicultural books and world music for children!


Ashley W. Says: Learn some Spanish!
Amazon Says: Music is the universal language of all children. The songs on this CD are sung in English, and then again in Spanish, to provide a bridge for learning both languages. There ar more...
Amazon Says: Music is the universal language of all children. The songs on this CD are sung in English, and then again in Spanish, to provide a bridge for learning both languages. There are tunes for daily routines, math, language and color skills, as well as, movement and end of the day rituals. Includes 17 songs sung in English and the same 17 sung in Spanish with printed lyrics for each version. Available in CD only. less...
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CARIBBEAN PLAYGROUND by PUTUMAYO KIDS PRESENTS
Amazon Says: The latest addition to the award-winning World Playground series, Caribbean Playground is a joyous celebration of Caribbean music and culture that will delight children and ad more...
Amazon Says: The latest addition to the award-winning World Playground series, Caribbean Playground is a joyous celebration of Caribbean music and culture that will delight children and adults alike. Filled with fun songs, cultural information, song lyrics and colorful artwork, Caribbean Playground is a festive musical cruise for all ages. less...
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French Bop by Little Pim
Amazon Says: Little Pim CD - French Bop Little Pim French Bop CD is a fun way to enhance children's language abilities. 15 songs, 12 of which are sung in French can be enjoyed on their own more...
Amazon Says: Little Pim CD - French Bop Little Pim French Bop CD is a fun way to enhance children's language abilities. 15 songs, 12 of which are sung in French can be enjoyed on their own or as part of the award winning Little Pim DVD series. Each CD contains a 16 page lyrics book that highlights vocabulary taught on the DVDs, and an English translation of all the songs. The French CD features three original songs by Milkshake, a popular band on the kid music circuit. Little Pim French Bop will be enjoyed by the entire family. less...
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I Am Different: Can You Find Me? by Majula Padmanabhan
Ashley W. Says: for young children
Amazon Says: This clever picture book presents sixteen visual puzzles. On every page, readers must pick out the one item that is different from the rest--a different color, a different sha more...
Amazon Says: This clever picture book presents sixteen visual puzzles. On every page, readers must pick out the one item that is different from the rest--a different color, a different shape, reversed from left to right, or just asleep when others are awake! The phrase "Can you find me?" is shown in a different language on every page. Can you find me? Me puedes encontrar? Unaweza kupata mimi? less...
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Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet by Sherri L. Smith
Ashley W. Says: for ages 11+
Amazon Says: Ana Shen has what her social studies teacher calls a “marvelously biracial, multicultural family” but what Ana simply calls a Chinese American father and an African Americ more...
Amazon Says: Ana Shen has what her social studies teacher calls a “marvelously biracial, multicultural family” but what Ana simply calls a Chinese American father and an African American mother. And on eighth-grade graduation day, that’s a recipe for disaster. Both sets of grandparents are in town to celebrate, and Ana’s best friend has convinced her to invite Jamie Tabata–the cutest boy in school–for a home-cooked meal. Now Ana and her family have four hours to prepare their favorite dishes for dinner, and Grandma White and Nai Nai can’t agree on anything. Ana is tired of feeling caught between her grandparents and wishes she knew whose side she was supposed to be on. But when they all sit down for their hot, sour, salty, and sweet meal, Ana comes to understand how each of these different flavors, like family, fit perfectly together. less...
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Extra Credit by Andrew Clements
Ashley W. Says: for ages 9+
Amazon Says: It isn’t that Abby Carson can’t do her schoolwork. She just doesn’t like doing it. And in February a warning letter arrives at her home. Abby will have to repeat sixth g more...
Amazon Says: It isn’t that Abby Carson can’t do her schoolwork. She just doesn’t like doing it. And in February a warning letter arrives at her home. Abby will have to repeat sixth grade—unless she meets some specific conditions, including taking on an extra-credit project to find a pen pal in a distant country. Seems simple enough. But when Abby’s first letter arrives at a small school in Afghanistan, the village elders agree that any letters going back to America must be written well. In English. And the only qualified student is a boy, Sadeed Bayat. Except in this village, it is not proper for a boy to correspond with a girl. So Sadeed’s younger sister will write the letters. Except she knows hardly any English. So Sadeed must write the letters. For his sister to sign. But what about the villagers who believe that girls should not be anywhere near a school? And what about those who believe that any contact with Americans is . . . unhealthy? Not so simple. But as letters flow back and forth—between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of central Asia, across cultural and religious divides, through the minefields of different lifestyles and traditions—a small group of children begin to speak and listen to one another. And in just a few short weeks, they make important discoveries about their communities, about their world, and most of all, about themselves. less...
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Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai
Ashley W. Says: for ages 11+
Amazon Says: Fadi never imagined he'd start middle school in Fremont, California, thousands of miles away from home in Kabul.  But, here he was, half a world apart from his missing six ye more...
Amazon Says: Fadi never imagined he'd start middle school in Fremont, California, thousands of miles away from home in Kabul.  But, here he was, half a world apart from his missing six year old sister who'd been lost because of him, as they'd fled Afghanistan. Adjusting to life in the United States isn't easy for Fadi's family and as the events of September 11th unfold, the prospects of locating Mariam in a war torn Afghanistan seem slim -- impossible. Desperate, Fadi tries every hare-brained scheme he can think of to find her. When a photography competition with a grand prize trip to India is announced, Fadi sees his chance to return to Afghanistan and find his sister.  But can one photo really bring Mariam home? Based in part on Ms. Senzai's husband's experience fleeing Soviet controlled Afghanistan in 1979, Shooting Kabul is a powerful story of hope, love, and perseverance. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 9+
Amazon Says: Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a more...
Amazon Says: Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee—fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama—this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration.Hà has only ever known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope—toward America. This moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing received four starred reviews, including one from Kirkus which proclaimed it "enlightening, poignant, and unexpectedly funny." An author's note explains how and why Thanhha Lai translated her personal experiences into Hà's story. This paperback edition also includes an interview with the author, an activity you can do with your family, tips on writing poetry, and discussion questions. less...
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Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park
Ashley W. Says: for young children
Amazon Says: Bee-bim bop (the name translates as “mix-mix rice”) is a traditional Korean dish of rice topped, and then mixed, with meat and vegetables. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry more...
Amazon Says: Bee-bim bop (the name translates as “mix-mix rice”) is a traditional Korean dish of rice topped, and then mixed, with meat and vegetables. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells about helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and finally sitting down with her family to enjoy a favorite meal. The energy and enthusiasm of the young narrator are conveyed in the whimsical illustrations, which bring details from the artist’s childhood in Korea to his depiction of a modern Korean American family. Even young readers who aren’t familiar with the dish will recognize the pride that comes from helping Mama, the fun of mixing ingredients together in a bowl, and the pleasure of sharing delicious food. Includes author’s own recipe. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 5+
Amazon Says: In a beautifully illustrated retelling of a Native American creation myth, Coyote convenes a council of the animals to discuss his ideas for a superior being who will rule ove more...
Amazon Says: In a beautifully illustrated retelling of a Native American creation myth, Coyote convenes a council of the animals to discuss his ideas for a superior being who will rule over all creation. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 4+
Amazon Says: A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. Verna Aardema has brought the original story closer to the English nursery rh more...
Amazon Says: A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. Verna Aardema has brought the original story closer to the English nursery rhyme by putting in a cumulative refrain and giving the tale the rhythm of “The House That Jack Built.” less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 7+
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We Feel Good Out Here by Julie-Ann Andre
Ashley W. Says: for ages 8+
Amazon Says: Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009Julie-Ann Andre is a Gwichya Gwich'in from Tsiigehtchic in the Northwest Territories. She is a Canadian Ranger, a mother of twi more...
Amazon Says: Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009Julie-Ann Andre is a Gwichya Gwich'in from Tsiigehtchic in the Northwest Territories. She is a Canadian Ranger, a mother of twin daughters, a hunter, a trapper, and a student. In We Feel Good Out Here, Julie-Ann shares her family's story and the story of her land-Khaii luk, the place of winter fish. As Julie-Ann says, "The land has a story to tell, if you know how to listen. When I travel, the land tells me where my ancestors have been. It tells me where the animals have come and gone, and it tells me what the weather may be like tomorrow." Her home is an important part of who Julie-Ann is. She wants to help make sure that her environment is healthy, so it can continue to tell its story to her children and their children. less...
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Discover India by Tim Atkinson
Ashley W. Says: for ages 6+
Amazon Says: Home to some 1.2 billion people, India is the second most populous nation in the world. Rich in cultural interplay and heritage, it has more than ten official languages. Reade more...
Amazon Says: Home to some 1.2 billion people, India is the second most populous nation in the world. Rich in cultural interplay and heritage, it has more than ten official languages. Readers will find out about the Republic of Indias long history, its culture, and current standing through an engaging narrative, fact boxes, maps, graphic organizers, and colorful images. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 3+
Amazon Says: Join Loo-Loo and her dog, Boo, as they travel the globe in search of art projects that you can do - Mexican weaving, Peruvian burial masks, Norwegian Viking helmets, French st more...
Amazon Says: Join Loo-Loo and her dog, Boo, as they travel the globe in search of art projects that you can do - Mexican weaving, Peruvian burial masks, Norwegian Viking helmets, French stained glass, Chinese scrolls, and much more. You won't need to pack much for the trip - all of the projects are explained step by step and require only simple materials that you probably have right at home or in the classroom. less...
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