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SC Math Standards: Geometry

As children build and create with shapes, they develop a deeper understanding of the mathematical principals of geometry.Children discover that shapes have lines and angels. They see how 2 dimensional objects have width and height, and 3 dimensional objects have width, height, and depth. Learning the mathematical terms and calculating numbers will come much later, but understanding how an object looks and feels will establish a mental picture. This mental picture will prove to be very important in the future as children are introduced to more abstract concepts because they have developed real-world connections.

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iRead: Kelly Starling Lyons

Award-winning author Kelly Starling Lyons grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, surrounded by creativity and artistic expression.  She has now written more than a dozen books for children, from picture books to beginning readers to chapter books, focusing on the African-American experience and giving young people stories to reflect their own lives and culture.

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The Benefits of Bilingual Storytime

Enjoy storytime in English and Spanish!/ ¡Disfruta la Colecion de la Hora de Cuentos en inglés y español! 

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Dinner Table Talks: Fry Bread

Inspired by his family, author Kevin Noble Maillard writes about the love a family has for each other and how the food they make, in this case fry bread, brings them even closer together.

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iRead: On The Run

iRead features the best ebooks, eaudiobooks and print books for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

Whether it's running from danger or running towards adventure, these are stories of friends and family discovering new things about the world and themselves.  

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DIY Storytime: Grace for President

Curated storytimes that families can share at home with an ebook (Grace for President)songs and rhymes ( Sunny Day by Elizabeth Mitchell, I Am Special and Young Soul by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo) and activities (Make Your Own Campaign Poster, "If I Were President," Make Your Own "I Voted" Badge & Design Your Own Readers Make Leaders Bookmark)

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Halloween Egg Hunt: A Social Distanced Trick-or-Treat Tutorial

Keeping our distance doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun! A Halloween Egg Hunt is a playful way to keep the Halloween spirit, whether you organize a neighborhood event or just hide the eggs around your home for the kiddos to find. This two-for-one tutorial is a great craft for kids and preparation for a fun Halloween event!

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iRead: Sharon Draper

“I learned to dream through reading, learned to create dreams through writing, and learned to develop dreamers through teaching. I shall always be a dreamer. Come dream with me."--Sharon Draper

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DIY Storytime: Grandma's Tiny House

Curated storytimes that families can share at home with an ebook (Grandma's Tiny House:  A Counting Story)songs and rhymes Dos Manitos Diez Deditos and 5 Green & Speckled Frogs) and activities (Counting with Nature, Matching with LEGOs & Number Scavenger Hunt).

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iRead: The Tía Lola Stories Series

A touchstone series of cultural identity for middle grade readers, these novels center around 11-year-old Miguel Guzman and his sister Juanita, who move from New York City to Vermont with their recently divorced mother.  His flamboyant tía Lola arrives just as he’s trying to fit into a mostly white farming community. But her charm and cooking enthrall the family and neighbors, and teach them much about life, family, the Latinx culture, and community.

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All About Reading

Many of us have started homeschooling for the first time this year, whether it’s a virtual option through our school districts or we’ve decided to take on the role of classroom teacher ourselves.  Richland Library’s Education Studio has reading curriculum to help guide you through your new position as homeschool teacher or reading tutor

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iRead: Joyce Hansen

Joyce Hansen is the author of many novels and nonfiction works for children and young adults.  Her books are a mixture of contemporary and historical fiction, and she has also written and contributed to several works of non-fiction focused on African American historical subjects.  Ms. Hansen currently lives in the midlands of South Carolina, and continues to write for youth. 

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Dinner Table Talks: Dreamers

Dinner Table Talks create the opportunity for families to have important conversations centered around books. These discussions will build our capacity for talking about race and define our roles in fighting against both everyday and systemic racism.

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#OwnVoices: Crown

Derrick Barnes captures one of the most pivotal moments of a black boy’s life: his first haircut.

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iRead: Diverse Friendships

How can Irene and Charles work together on their poetry project? They don't know each other...and they're not sure they want to.

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DIY Storytime: Back to School: A Global Journey

Curated storytimes that families can share at home with an ebook (Back to School:  A Global Journey)songs and poems ( Yo Te Amo and There's a Dog in School) and activities (DIY School Accessories:  Homework Caddy, Pompom Bookmark and Paper Bag Book Cover).

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iRead: Nikki Grimes

Born and raised in New York City, Nikki Grimes has earned several accolades for her writing and poetry.  She writes so that children will see themselves in literature. 

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Make Your Own Whirligig 🙃

Step into the shoes of children of the past by unplugging and creating your own summer fun!

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iRead: Tom Feelings

Tom Feelings made his mark as one of the most important and influential artists and illustrators in all of children’s literature. He was dedicated to drawing black people, and especially children, so they would see themselves as beautiful and proud. 

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Create Your Own Bubbles + Wand

You can buy commercial bubble solution and plastic wands, or you can make your own for a day filled with both learning and fun.

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iRead: Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedimma Nkemdili "Nnedi" Okorafor's body of work includes short stories, comics, and books for a variety of ages.  She has won multiple awards--everything from a World Fantasy Award (2011) to a Nebula and Hugo Award (2016).  Most recently, she was recognized by the Eisner Awards for her comic, LaGuardia (2020).  Ms. Okorafor continues to make her mark in the world of young adult and adult literature drawing on her African roots to imagine a truly brave new world.  

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Painting on the Patio

Watch artist Keith Tolen's painting process as he creates a unique portrait. Then head outside and try out some plein air painting for yourself. 

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DIY Musical Instruments

Create a musical ensemble using everyday materials you can find around your house and yard.

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iRead: 50 Years with Frog and Toad

iRead features the best ebooks, eaudiobooks and print books for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad celebrate fifty years of friendship this summer and honestly, their loving relationship couldn’t be timelier, as we all search for deepening our friendships and relationships during this time of isolation and social distancing. 

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DIY Storytime: Frog and Toad Are Friends

Curated storytimes that families can share at home with an ebook (Frog and Toad Are Friends)songs and poems ( Jambo; Hello, Friends; and I Am a Little Toad) and activities (Search and Find Jar).

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iRead: Patricia McKissack

In her lifetime, Patricia McKissack authored and co-authored more than 100 books about black people for black children and teens.  Ms. McKissack crafted her stories with grace and truth and she leaves behind a legacy of award-winning books.

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Don't Lose Your Marbles

A few simple materials and an imagination are all you need to join the growing sport of competitive marbles!

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Create Your Own Fairy House

What do you get when you combine a scavenger hunt, engineering skills, and imagination? A do-it-yourself fairy house, of course!

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Make Your Own Frog 🐸

Make your own frog in celebration of all the different creatures we get to hear and see during the summer months.

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The Art (and Science) of Fireworks

Do you love fireworks? We do too. It's fun and easy to create your own paper version of a fireworks display. 

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iRead: Black History is America's History

iRead features the best ebooks, eaudiobooks and print books for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

Black history is America's history and it's a history that each American should know.    

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Create Your Own Jump Rope

Jumping rope is an iconic summer activity. It is great exercise and has a long and award-winning history in South Carolina. Follow along with this tutorial to learn how to make your own jump rope out of plastic bags and help save the environment at the same time!

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iRead: Holding Tight to Family

iRead features the best ebooks and eaudiobooks for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

Celebrate family with Lil Alan, the Gaither sisters and the Watsons by sharing their stories, their connection and their love.

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DIY Storytime: Get Up, Stand Up

Curated storytimes that families can share at home with an ebook (Get Up, Stand Up)songs and poems ( Funga Alafia; Warrior; and I Love You Too) and activities (Making Space: Speak Up; Chalk Your Walk; and Yard Signs).

 

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Adventures with Kids: Knee Deep in the Garden

Flowers—even weeds—tell an important story about the climate and ecosystem of an area. These simple activities require very little preparation, but they pack a big learning punch.

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iRead: Let's Talk Race for Children & Families

iRead features the best ebooks and eaudiobooks for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

When it comes to children, adults have the opportunity, through literature and stories, to help children form attitudes which support equity and inclusion, so we have not only an opportunity, but an obligation, to share books reflecting the black experience and written by black authors, with children.

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Create Your Own Track Record

Take your Summer Learning Challenge to a whole new level this year by creating your own track record from right where you are.

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DIY Storytime: Tiny T Rex and the Impossible Hug

Curated storytimes that families can share at home with an ebook (Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug), songs (Open Them, Shut Them; Bounce, Tickle, Hug; and I Have a Little Heart) and activities (Mail a Hug; Whose Hug? Game; and Me Too Game).

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Sensory Dough Learning Activities

Using sensory dough to promote learning and play at home is easier than you might think. And you probably already have everything you need to get started. 

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Create Your Own Sensory Dough

Making sensory dough at home is much easier than you might think, and you probably already have everything you need waiting in your pantry.

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iRead: The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection

iRead features the best ebooks and eaudiobooks for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

Check out a great audio collection recommended by the Johanssons (Isla and Emily) as one of their favorite family listens.  

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All Around Town: 7 Days of Family-friendly Activities

With a little help from our friends around town, here are some daily suggestions for family-friendly activities—both digital and non—from some of our favorite places that just might get you out of your current rut.

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Common Backyard Birds

Learn about our most common backyard birds and how to identify the uncommon ones

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Managing Children’s Emotions 

Eight things you can do today to help your entire family understand, process and cope with this new, temporary normal.

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How to Do a Storytime

Four easy steps to help you keep reading, singing, playing and talking every day. 

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Your Daily Dose of Children's Authors & Illustrators

From readings to art clubs to book-based activities, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite authors and illustrators who are going digital to help you and your family join in on the fun.