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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!


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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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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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 8+
Amazon Says: "Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009"Julie-Ann AndrA(c) is a "Gwichya Gwich'in "from Tsiigehtchic in the Northwest Territories. She is a Canadian Ranger, a moth more...
Amazon Says: "Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009"Julie-Ann AndrA(c) 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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