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35 Horror Reads For Halloween

These terrifying novels will get you in the mood for Halloween. If you are looking for spine tingling fear and dread, creepy chills and the thrill of feeling spooked, do check out these titles which include timeless horror classics mixed with contemporary scary fiction. Warning: After reading one or more of these books you may want to sleep with your lights on!
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If you can't make it to the Charleston Literary Festival . . .

This year's Charleston Literary Festival, running from 5-14 November, features a stellar lineup of speakers, with an admirable mix of fiction and nonfiction authors, ranging from icons such as Paul Auster and Walter Isaacson to recent stars such as Yaa Gyasi and Patricia Lockwood. But if you can't make it to the festival, don't worry - Richland Library features many titles by the participating authors.  Check out the list below; given the variety of the author list, you're sure to find something to intrigue you.
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Introducing: Nic Stone

Author Nic Stone is a YA favorite, and it's no surprise, as her debut novel, Dear Martin, openly and honestly tackles the reality that teens (especially Black teens) face on a daily basis. This book, which is also one of Time Magazine's 100 Best YA Books of All Time, has led to other great titles that you are sure to enjoy reading. Below are the many titles written by Stone, as well as other titles that include her work that are available for check out from Richland Library!
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Picks from Reese's Hello Sunshine Book Club 🌞

Check out these selections from Reese Witherspoon's popular book club.  The October 2021 pick is Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo Reese's Fall YA Pick is Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021- October Staff Suggestions

Find your next favorite book and fulfill the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 prompt to "Read a book suggested by a Library staff member" with these personal recommendations from our colleagues!

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For Fans of K-Pop

Are you a BLINK? ARMY? NCTzen? ONCE? Or just curious about the K-Pop phenomena sweeping the globe with catchy beats, synchronized dancing, idol personas, and more? Do you love swooning over romantic and thrilling K-dramas? Explore the world of Korean pop music and the city of Seoul with the titles below as teens audition to debut, train vigorously, balance fame, date secretly, and chase their dreams.
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Thrilling Sports Graphic Novels and Manga

Even non-sports fans will get swept up in the tension, drama, and emotions of these books. They’re all slam dunks...or touchdowns...or goals...you get the point. Enjoy! 
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Remembering Gary Paulsen (May 1939 - October 2021)

            Gary Paulsen, a well-known YA fiction author, passed away on the morning of October 13, 2021.  A list has been created to recognized the amazing contributions he has made to many readers throughout the world. 
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Remembering the Palmetto State Fair

Generations of Black Columbians attended the Palmetto State Fair, held each fall at the State fairgrounds in Columbia. Let’s look back at a brief history of this fair.

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Author Spotlight: Junji Ito

Junji Ito might just be the most important scare-crafter in Japan. Learn what frights he can offer you inside.

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#OwnVoices: Clean Getaway by Nic Stone (A Review)

How to Go on an Unplanned Road Trip with Your Grandma:
    Grab a Suitcase: Prepacked from the big spring break trip that got CANCELLED.
    Fasten Your Seatbelt: G'ma's never conventional, so this trip won't be either.
    Use the Green Book: G'ma's most treasured possession. It holds history, memories, and most important, the way home.

What Not to Bring:
    A Cell Phone: Avoid contact with Dad at all costs. Even when G'ma starts acting stranger than usual.

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - One Word Titles (Poetry)

Books with One Word Titles span genres. Here are some Poetry titles that are only one word.    Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - One Word Titles (Romance)

Books with One Word Titles span genres. Here are some Romance titles that are only one word.    Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - One Word Titles (Fiction)

Books with One Word Titles span genres. Here are some General Fiction titles that are only one word.    Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - One Word Titles (Horror)

Books with One Word Titles span genres. Here are some Horror Fiction titles that are only one word.    Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - One Word Titles (Fantasy)

Books with One Word Titles span genres. Here are some Fantasy titles that are only one word.   Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - One Word Titles (Young Adult)

Books with One Word Titles span genres. Here are some fiction titles that are typically marketed to young adults.   Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - One Word Titles (Nonfiction)

Books with One Word Titles span genres. Here are some non-fiction titles that are only one word. (Some have subtitles but we're not counting those.)    Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.

Oct 27 6:00 p.m.

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Open Mic: Live In-Person & Virtual

Share your music and poetry in a live in-person and online version of our popular Open Mic event, hosted this month by John Wright & Rasheen Richardson and featuring special guest performers.

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Have S'more Fun: How to Start Camping

Camping is a refreshing pastime that can help us disconnect or reconnect in all the right ways. There's a lot to know, so here are some basic guidelines to get started!

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Nightmarish Reads

Get into the spooky season with one of these great horror tales. Just make sure that the lights are all on and the windows are all secure, and whatever you do, don't answer the knock at front door. 
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What to Read While You Wait for 'DUNE'

As the US prepares for the release of Dune on October 22, here are a few books to read if you've already finished the series.  Also included are some of the books in the Dune series.    Be careful with how much spice you consume...
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If You Like... Squid Game

Squid Game has taken the streaming world by storm. The mixture of gruesome survival games, social commentary, and colorful cast of characters means there's never a dull moment. Check out some of the titles below that are related to themes from the show.
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Sapphic Movies for a Rainy Day

a list of fun or funny movies where none of the women in love with other women get sick or murdered 

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New Books for October

There are so many new books coming out in October, it's hard to choose! Amor Towles takes you on a road trip and debut author Jocelyn Nicole Johnson imagines a standoff at Monticello.

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DIY Scrabble Tiles to Coasters

Let's use our vocabulary and take those pieces off the board and put them on our tables.

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A Taste of Latin America: 40 Cookbooks to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15  is recognized as National Hispanic Heritage Month in America.  This month is chosen as a nod to the anniversaries of national independence for a number of Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all recognize September 15 as the date of their independence, while Mexico's independence is celebrated September 16 and Chile celebrates its independence September 18.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Graphic Novels

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these Graphic Novels.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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In the Know: City of Columbia Mayoral Forum (2021)

Local residents had an opportunity to get to know each of the candidates before heading to the polls and casting their vote during the Municipal Election on November 2, 2021. During the nonpartisan forum, viewers heard from Tameika Isaac Devine, Sam Johnson, Daniel Rickenmann and Moe Baddourah. The candidates shared their plans to move the City of Columbia forward in a virtual, moderated discussion. Check out this blog for more Mayoral Forum details and resources!

Nov 24 10:00 a.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

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Nov 23 10:00 a.m.

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Nov 22 10:00 a.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

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Nov 20 10:00 a.m.

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Nov 19 10:00 a.m.

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Nov 18 10:00 a.m.

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Nov 17 10:00 a.m.

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