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Summer Learning Track: School-Age Summer Fun

You're too old for storytime and too young for teen events...so what can you do at Richland Library this summer? From book clubs to reading to service dogs and all interests in between, Richland Library is the place to be! Join us for programs and events as a part of your Summer Learning Challenge. Use this sample learning track, or come up with your own.

Take a look at this sampling of events happening in June for those ages 6-12. Check out the May-June Access Magazine for even more fun events and programs.

Paws for Reading - Ages 6-9. Saturday, June 14th at 3:30pm. Main.

Mysterious Library Society - Ages 6-9. Tuesdays, June-July at 3:30pm. Main.

LEGO Madness - Ages 6-12. Wednesday, June 18th at 3:30pm. Cooper.

Monday, June 23rd at 3:30pm. Northeast

Saturday, June 28th at 11am. Southeast.

Fold It! origami program - Ages 9-12. Friday, June 20th at 11:00am. Main.

Chapter Chasers Book Club - Ages 6-8. Saturday, June 21st at 11:00am. Southeast.

Lit Blitz - Ages 9-12. Saturday, June 21st at Noon. Southeast.

Take Me to Your Leader - Ages 6-12. Wednesday, June 25th at 10:30 am. Blythewood.

Check out these books and series this summer, or ask staff at any location to recommend other great reads.


See You Later, Gladiator by Jon Scieszka
Amazon Says: Joe, Sam, and Fred discover that "When in Rome, you might not really want to do as the Romans do." Hard knock gladiator school, cheating chariot racers, and a poison-packing e more...
Amazon Says: Joe, Sam, and Fred discover that "When in Rome, you might not really want to do as the Romans do." Hard knock gladiator school, cheating chariot racers, and a poison-packing emperor are just the beginning of the guys' Roman education. Their only hope to escape the bloodthirsty crowd in the Coliseum is to find a certain librarium . . . or was that the vomitorium? And you thought adding XVII and XXIX was tough! "Told at a quicksilver pace, the stories are furious and funny . . . these volumes will be requested time after time." --Booklist less...
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Amazon Says: EllRay Jakes may be the shortest kid in his class, and he may get into trouble from time to time, but he can always count on his best friends Kevin and Corey. But lately, Ke more...
Amazon Says: EllRay Jakes may be the shortest kid in his class, and he may get into trouble from time to time, but he can always count on his best friends Kevin and Corey. But lately, Kevin has been skateboarding with the meanest boy in class. Could EllRay be losing one of his friends?  Not giving up without a fight, EllRay asks his older neighbor to show him a few jaw-dropping skateboard moves—like ollies and kickflips. EllRay must learn as many tricks as he can before the secret boys-only third grade skate-off. But will it be enough? less...
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Three Tales of My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Amazon Says: The classic fantasy trilogy of Elmer Elevator and the flying baby dragon has delighted children and their parents for generations. Now, on the occasion of their fiftieth anniv more...
Amazon Says: The classic fantasy trilogy of Elmer Elevator and the flying baby dragon has delighted children and their parents for generations. Now, on the occasion of their fiftieth anniversary, Random House is proud to bring the three timeless tales together in one beautiful commemorative edition, complete with the original delightful illustrations.  A Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, My Father's Dragon is followed by Elmer and the Dragon ("rich, humorous, and thoroughly satisfying"*) and The Dragons of Blueland ("ingenious and plausible, the fantasy well-sustained"*).  Each story stands alone, but read in succession, they are an unforgettable experience.*Library Journal, starred review             less...
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Amazon Says: A little magic can take you a long way... Roald Dahl was a champion of the underdog and all things little—in this case, an orphaned boy oppressed by two nasty, self more...
Amazon Says: A little magic can take you a long way... Roald Dahl was a champion of the underdog and all things little—in this case, an orphaned boy oppressed by two nasty, self-centered aunts. How James escapes his miserable life with the horrible aunts and becomes a hero is a Dahlicious fantasy of the highest order. You will never forget resourceful little James and his new family of magically overgrown insects—a ladybug, a spider, a grasshopper, a glowworm, a silkworm, and the chronic complainer, a centipede with a hundred gorgeous shoes. Their adventures aboard a luscious peach as large as a house take them across the Atlantic Ocean, through waters infested with peach-eating sharks and skies inhabited by malevolent Cloudmen, to a ticker-tape parade in New York City. This happily ever after contemporary fairy tale is a twentieth-century classic that every child deserves to know. And Lane Smith's endearingly funny illustrations are a perfect match for the text. "All the gruesome imagery of old-fashioned fairy tales and a good measure of their breathtaking delight." —Kirkus Reviews "A stunning book, to be cherished for its story, a superb fantasy." —The Chicago Tribune "The most original fantasy that has been published in a long time...[it] may well become a classic." —San Francisco Chronicle less...
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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Amazon Says: Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformati more...
Amazon Says: Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself. Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.The One and Only Ivan was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making. In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. An author's note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events.Supports the Common Core State Standards less...
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Amazon Says: Illus. in black-and-white. Jack and Annie are in deep trouble when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of desert islands, secret maps, hidden gold--and ruthless more...
Amazon Says: Illus. in black-and-white. Jack and Annie are in deep trouble when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of desert islands, secret maps, hidden gold--and ruthless pirates! Will Jack and Annie discover a buried treasure? Will they find out the identity of the mysterious M? Or will they walk the plank?   less...
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Amazon Says: Michael Buckley is at his comic best in this madcap new series sure to appeal to kids looking for a quick, exciting read. Combining all the excitement of international espion more...
Amazon Says: Michael Buckley is at his comic best in this madcap new series sure to appeal to kids looking for a quick, exciting read. Combining all the excitement of international espionage and all the awkwardness of elementary school, NERDS, featuring a group of unpopular students who run a spy network from inside their school, hits the mark. With the help of cutting-edge science, their nerdy qualities are enhanced and transformed into incredible abilities! They battle the Hyena, a former junior beauty pageant contestant turned assassin, and an array of James Bond–style villains, each with an evil plan more diabolical and more ridiculous than the last. F&P level: V Praise for NERDS “An action-packed, tongue-in-cheek take on the world of superheroes and villains. The pacing is quick and the action is plentiful—kids will almost hear the sound effects as they read. NERDS brings a worthy message to the fore—that uncool kids can grow up to be anything but. Funny, clever, and thoroughly entertaining, this title should be popular.” –School Library Journal "The unique format of this book, combined with the imaginative and playful storyline, will appeal to many readers." –Children's Literature less...
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Amazon Says: Lions and scorpions and lethal little jellyfish, oh my! Kids will sink their teeth into this fascinating look at nature’s fiercest creatures. Sometimes nature can be more...
Amazon Says: Lions and scorpions and lethal little jellyfish, oh my! Kids will sink their teeth into this fascinating look at nature’s fiercest creatures. Sometimes nature can be nasty: snakes that spit poison, insects with exploding bottoms, and tigers that have you for dinner. Throughout the animal kingdom, creatures are equipped with lethal weapons, from finger-length fangs to toxic tentacles, and have ingenious ways of killing one another — poisoning, dive-bombing, strangling, and even electrocuting! Discover the murderous methods of attack and defense that make animals armed, dangerous, and deadly. less...
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Amazon Says: All righty, then! Celebrate the tall and short of a marvelous friendship with a new Bink and Gollie adventure. Gollie is quite sure she has royal blood in her veins, b more...
Amazon Says: All righty, then! Celebrate the tall and short of a marvelous friendship with a new Bink and Gollie adventure. Gollie is quite sure she has royal blood in her veins, but can Bink survive her friend’s queenly airs — especially if pancakes are not part of the deal? Bink wonders what it would be like to be as tall as her friend, but how far will she stretch her luck to find out? And when Bink and Gollie long to get their picture into a book of record holders, where will they find the kudos they seek? Slapstick and sweetness, drollery and delight abound in this follow-up to the Geisel Award–winning, New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Bink and Gollie, written by the beloved and best-selling Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee and brought to hilarious life by Tony Fucile. less...
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