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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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Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Ashley W. Says: for ages 8+
Amazon Says: Jean Craighead George’s Newbery Medal–winning classic about an Eskimo girl lost on the Alaskan tundra now features bonus content. This edition, perfect for classroom or ho more...
Amazon Says: Jean Craighead George’s Newbery Medal–winning classic about an Eskimo girl lost on the Alaskan tundra now features bonus content. This edition, perfect for classroom or home use, includes John Schoenherr’s original scratchboard illustrations throughout, as well as extra materials such as an introduction written by Jean Craighead George’s children, the author’s Newbery acceptance speech, selections from her field notebooks, a discussion guide, and a further reading guide.Julie of the Wolves is a staple in the canon of children’s literature and the first in the Julie trilogy. The survival theme makes it a good pick for readers of other wilderness stories such as My Side of the Mountain, Hatchet, or Island of the Blue Dolphins.To her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When her life in the village becomes dangerous, Miyax runs away, only to find herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness.Miyax tries to survive by copying the ways of a pack of wolves and soon grows to love her new wolf family. Life in the wilderness is a struggle, but when she finds her way back to civilization, Miyax is torn between her old and new lives. Is she Miyax of the Eskimos—or Julie of the wolves? less...
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Ashley W. Says: for young children
Amazon Says: The Empty Pot is Demi's beloved picture book about an honest schoolboy A long time ago in China there was a boy named Ping who loved flowers. Anything he planted burst into bl more...
Amazon Says: The Empty Pot is Demi's beloved picture book about an honest schoolboy A long time ago in China there was a boy named Ping who loved flowers. Anything he planted burst into bloom.The Emperor loved flowers too. When it was time to choose an heir, he gave a flower seed to each child in the kingdom. "Whoever can show me their best in a year's time," he proclaimed, "shall succeed me to the throne!"Ping plants his seed and tends it every day. But month after month passes, and nothing grows. When spring comes, Ping must go to the Emperor with nothing but an empty pot.Demi's exquisite art and beautifully simple text show how Ping's embarrassing failure is turned triumphant in this satisfying tale of honesty rewarded.An IRA-CBC Children's Choice. An American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists." less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 9+
Amazon Says: Inside Out and Back Again is a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience of fleei more...
Amazon Says: Inside Out and Back Again is a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience of 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.Supports the Common Core State Standards 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 young children
Amazon Says: Crack, crack, crack! The cookies snap open and the family’s fortunes are revealed. Mei Mei wants to know how hers will come true. Jie Jie scoffs—they never come true. But more...
Amazon Says: Crack, crack, crack! The cookies snap open and the family’s fortunes are revealed. Mei Mei wants to know how hers will come true. Jie Jie scoffs—they never come true. But Pacy isn’t so sure. As she waits and watches, she notices magical things happening in her family. Could the fortunes really be right? And what about Pacy’s fortune: “You will see the world in a new way”? Well, yes, it’s true! Pacy has been seeing the world through fortune cookies! This exhuberantly illustrated story about every kid’s favorite part of a Chinese meal also includes a brief history of the fortune cookie. What will your fortune be? Crack! Open up a cookie and find out. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 7+
Amazon Says: Book by King, David C. more...
Amazon Says: Book by King, David C. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 8+
Amazon Says: A father's diary, an artist's memoir.By the author of the best-selling Three Golden Keys.While my father was in China and Tibet, he kept a diary, which was later locked in a r more...
Amazon Says: A father's diary, an artist's memoir.By the author of the best-selling Three Golden Keys.While my father was in China and Tibet, he kept a diary, which was later locked in a red box. We weren't allowed to touch the box. The stories I heard as a little boy faded to a hazy dream, and my drawings from that time make no sense. I cannot decipher them. It was not until I myself had gone far, far away and received the message from my father that I became interested in the red box again . . .In New York, Peter Sis receives a letter from his father. "The Red Box is now yours," it says. The brief note worries him and pulls him back to Prague, where the contents of the red box explain the mystery of his father's long absence during the 1950s.Czechoslovakia was behind the iron curtain; Vladimir Sis, a documentary filmmaker of considerable talent, was drafted into the army and sent to China to teach filmmaking. He left his wife, daughter, and young son, Peter, thinking he would be home for Christmas. Two Christmases would pass before he was heard from again: Vladimir Sis was lost in Tibet. He met with the Dalai Lama; he witnessed China's invasion of Tibet. When he returned to Prague, he dared not talk to his friends about all he had seen and experienced. But over and over again he told Peter about his Tibetan adventures. Weaving their two stories together - that of the father lost in Tibet and that of the small boy in Prague, lost without his father - Sis draws from his father's diary and from his own recollections of his father's incredible tales to reach a spiritual homecoming between father and son. With his sublime pictures, inspired by Tibetan Buddhist art and linking history to memory, Peter Sis gives us an extraordinary book - a work of singular artistry and rare imagination. This title has Common Core connections.Tibet Through the Red Box is a 1999 Caldecott Honor Book and the winner of the 1999 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Special Citation. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 7+
Amazon Says: Provides instructions for making such traditional North American Indian crafts as dreamcatchers, beadwork, and cornhusk dolls. more...
Amazon Says: Provides instructions for making such traditional North American Indian crafts as dreamcatchers, beadwork, and cornhusk dolls. less...
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