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2022 Holiday Gifts for Upper Elementary

Children at this age are branching out into longer books.  Novels can echo their real life experiences, but they can also tell new stories, boosting their imaginations and building their empathy.  Books for tweens can be their way of fitting in or standing out.  These books can also offer comfort during this time of transition and help them discover who they might grow up to be. 

Feb 20 4:00 p.m.

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Richland Library Wheatley

STEAM Studio: Pottery Re-Fit

Decorate! Smash! Fix! Join the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in this fun mini archaeology activity where participants decorate small ceramic pots and "accidentally" drop them... oops! Using glue, a brush, and puzzle power they reassemble their artifacts just like archaeologists in the lab.

Dec 13 6:00 p.m.

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Richland Library Northeast

Storytime: Chanukah, Latkes, and Crafts!

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Read All About It: Death, Loss & Grief

"Son, life is full of holes. You may want to close them up to keep out the storm. But make sure to leave room for that rainbow to find you." --Music is a Rainbow by Bryan Collier
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Richland Library Sandhills

Cyanotype: Create with Light and Shadow

Recognizable by their monochromatic, intense blue backgrounds, cyanotype is an early photographic process that provides an accessible introduction to early photography. 

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Books for Children with Incarcerated Parents

According to PEW research, it is estimated that about 1.7 million children have at least one parent in jail or prison in the United States.  Here is a list of books to help start that conversation with young people who are living through this experience.  
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2022 National Book Award Longlists

The 2022 National Book Award longlists have just been announced.  The finalists will be named on 4 October.  In the meantime, check out these contenders in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people's literature, and translated literature.
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Richland Library Main

Disability Visibility in Children's Literature

To me, the greatest beauty of children's literature is that books help us empathize with those who are different from us or who have different lived experiences than our own.

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Immigration and Refugee Stories: Children's Novels and Nonfiction

Refugee and immigrant stories are American stories. Richland Library has a multitude of beautiful novels and nonfiction books that tell a variety of stories of children and families coming to America in search of a better life. You can place books on hold online or call us in the Children's Room at (803) 929-3434 and we will happily place holds for you to pick up in the CR or at any branch location. 
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Great Bird Books for Kids

Tweet! Tweet! Get outside and learn about the birds you see every day and many more. Explore the world of birds and become an expert with this selection of books for kids of all ages.
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Richland Library Main

#FinLit Book Review: "Lawn Boy" & "Lawn Boy Returns"

"One minute I was twelve years old and wondering where I could get enough money for an inner tube for my old used ten-speed. The next minute, it seems, I’ve got a business of my own, with employees, and I’m rich."

Dec 06 6:00 p.m.

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Richland Library Southeast

Play Freely: Family Puzzle Night

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2022 Eisner Award Winners

Check out the winners of the 2022 Eisner Awards, announced at San Diego Comic-Con. You can see a full list of categories, nominees, and winners here. Keep in mind that Eisner categories span across various creative roles, formats, and target age ranges. Digital copies of this year's Eisner Award winners can also be found on Hoopla.
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Great Books for Ages 7, 8, 9 | 2021

Mama smiles sweetly and places her palm against the door. She speaks slowly and politely. “It’s just us, Ma. I called this morning and told you we were coming. Remember?” The woman behind the door barks at Mama, “Course I remember. You called and asked if you could leave the boy with me and I said NO!”--Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott
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Richland Library North Main

Dinner Table Talks: How to Find What You're Not Looking For

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 every day and systemic racism.

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Transparent Language Online

NEW! Language learners can build vocabulary, practice skills, and maintain what they have learned with Transparent Language Online in 110+ languages, including English

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South Carolina Children's Book Award Nominees 2022-2023

The South Carolina Children's Book Award is granted annually by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL).  The nominees represent quality contemporary literature for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders, selected by students, parents, teachers, and librarians.  Below are the 2022-2023 nominees in print, audio, and ebook formats.
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Richland Library Edgewood

Dinner Table Talks: The Magic Fish

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 every day and systemic racism.

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Read All About It: LGBTQI2SA+ Middle Grade Books

Read the rainbow and discover these LGBTQI2SA+ middle grade books that show us love is love and that we are truly free to be you and me. Looking for more good books? Get personalized reading recommendation lists  from children's literature experts. 
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Read All About It: Asian Folklore Titles for Youth

Read and celebrate the amazing Asian folklore stories about grand heroes, exciting adventures, and fantastical places below!  Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. Find more resources on race, equity, and inclusion, here.
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South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominees 2022-2023

The South Carolina Junior Book Award is granted annually by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL).  The nominees represent quality contemporary literature for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, selected by students, parents, teachers, and librarians.  Below are the 2022-2023 nominees in print, audio, and ebook formats.
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Youth Titles to Read for Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, Mental Health Awareness month has been celebrated in the United States each May. Every single year millions of adults, teens, and children face the reality of living with a mental illness. Books are a great place to start to better understand the experiences of those who live with mental illnesses as well as place to begin building awareness. Check out the list below for youth titles that have released in the past two years that tackle mental illnesses like OCD, anxiety, depression, and more.  
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Great Books for Ages 11, 12, 13 | 2022

Middle school readers are still figuring out the world while trying to figure out themselves.  They may look for books that reflect their experience or give them a window or sliding glass doo
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Great Books for Ages 9, 10, 11 | 2022

"This is Stuntboy. This guy, right here. Him. You can't tell just looking at him, but he's the greatest superhero you've never heard of."  --Stuntboy, in the Meantime by Jason Reynolds
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Great Books for Ages 7, 8, 9 | 2022

"Tola is the youngest in her family. And the smallest. And everybody calls her Too Small Tola, which makes her feel too-too small."  --Too Small Tola by Atinuke
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Richland Library Main

Kids in Print 2022

Congratulations to the illustrators and writers featured in this year's edition of Kids in Print 2022!

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Read All About It: Connecting with Our Community

"One day," said Wilson. "I will fix the roof on Gigi's house to keep out the wind and snow."--The One Day House by Julia Durango Whether it's helping a neighbor, volunteering or bringing people together to fix a problem too big for any one person, these stories of community let us know that we have the ability to make a difference in the lives of the people around us.
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Richland Library Main

An Amazing Children's Author: Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century due to her command of folklore, fantasy, and myth. Her storytelling reaches a vast audience, from the youngest board book reader to the young adult.

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Richland Library Main

Finding the Right Book for Your Child

Choosing books for your child is a bit like a match-making process.   Not all children will love the same books. To help you find the right match, we’ve curated some recommendations to try on and see what fits. 

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Richland Library Main

That's Gross!

Does your kid love reading about, talking about, asking questions about "gross" things like poop, mud, and slime? You've come to the right place.

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Richland Library Sandhills

#BrainBreak: Chalk It Up

Take your coloring outdoors with sidewalk chalk! You never outgrow the joy of taking to the concrete and getting your fingers smudged all sorts of colors.

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Manga For Tween Readers

Manga (Japanese comics) offer endless worlds and types of stories for audiences, but where should younger readers begin? The list below includes titles for tween readers who are curious about manga.
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Richland Library Southeast

Switching to LECA: Another Way to Grow Houseplants

In the fall of 2021, I decided to change my houseplants' growing medium from soil to LECA (Lightweight Expanded Clay Aggregate). At that time, I had over 30 houseplants and found it challenging to keep up with their watering schedules and pest control. Then, one day, I came across a video on YouTube about LECA.

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Book Connections

Book Connections  provides a collection of instructional material about children's and young adult books and authors.

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A Year of Black History

A Year of Black History Continues   Folktales, comics and history ... here we are!  Also, Hoopla is allowing 15 checkouts for the month of February, as well as bonus borrows.  Hoopla offers many comic book/graphic novels to choose from!  Please, enter your email address and password associated with Hoopla.
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#OwnVoices: The Black Joy in Middle Grade Books

The experiences of young black children is not all rooted in trauma. No child wants to constantly read about oppression, hardships and struggles. There is Joy in being black and it is important for children to not just seem themselves in books but see themselves in a positive light. The books below are simply about Black kids just living!
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CSMCL's Best Multicultural Children's Novels and Nonfiction of 2021

The following novels and nonfiction books were all named in the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature's Best Multicultural Children's Books of 2021. Want to learn more about diverse books? Check out this blog post. Want more books?  Ask your librarian for their recommendations or call the Children's Room at Richland Library Main (803.929.3434).  We can send books to your closest Richland Library location!
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CSMCL's Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2021

The following picture books were all named in the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature's Best Multicultural Children's Books of 2021. Want to learn more about diverse books? Check out this blog post. Want more books?  Ask your librarian for their recommendations or call the Children's Room at Richland Library Main (803.929.3434).  We can send books to your closest Richland Library location!