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Good Folk Tales and Fairy Tales for Storytelling

In their well-respected book, Storytelling: Art and Technique, Ellin Greene and Augusta Baker tell us: "A good story for telling is one that has something to say and that says it in the best possible way." Check out some of these books to learn more about the traditional art of storytelling and to find folk tales and fairy tales that have something to say and are written in the best possible way!
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April is National Poetry Month: Ode to the Onion

What do an onion, a sock, a hummingbird, and ironing all have in common? Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote odes to each of these. Learn more about elemental odes and write one yourself.

Jun 01 12:00 p.m.

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The Roots of Black Music in America

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Teen Books to Make You Laugh

Looking for laughs in your reading selection? Try some of these humorous teen titles from an alien-hunting cheerleader (Flying by Carrie Jones) to a convention center mismatched with a percussion competition, fandom con, & taxidermy championship (The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry) that'll have you chuckling and smiling throughout.  
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Dinner Table Talks: A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

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: African American Experiences in Poetry

"for there is love inside me true love deep down inside of me I am in love with my people"-- A Place Inside of Me:  A Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliott   These #OwnVoices collections, picture books and novels for older readers explore themes of community and connection, family and faith, racism and resilience.  These books give poetic voice to African American experiences and history and should be read and shared by everyone.  
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Women's History Month: Graphic Novels For YA Readers

Women History Month is a time to celebrate and examine women’s history, issues, and contributions. Our team's contributions this month will be providing a quality booklist every Monday featuring strong female characters, movements, and historical figures. 
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She Changed Her Name

Many generations work together to reveal how Sojourner Truth fits in our history or herstory.

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Mini-Retreat: Play Birdsong Hero

Wish you could identify birds by their songs? Try this simple game and turn "someday" into "today" for your bird watching bucket-list daydreams. 

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Read All About It: Ramona & Friends

In the spirit of Ramona Quimby, these girls are the stars of their own stories all while sharing their (mis)adventures, making us laugh and introducing us to their family and friends.   These friends of Ramona may be new, but they are sure to find a place on your family's bookshelf and in your family's heart.  
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iRead: My Happy Life Book Series

In the spirit of Ramona Quimby, meet Dani, a young girl who has faced sadness but still looks for happiness in her life.  

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SC ELA Standards: Reading for Information Part 3

Reading for information is commonly paired with nonfiction books. However, some fiction books hold good information about nonfiction subjects in a fictional setting. Because storyline is more complex, children can to gather information over time and wonder what will happen next or how the story ends. Helping your second grader learn to read carefully for details increases comprehension, introduces new vocabulary, and opens interest to related topics. 

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Classroom Reads on Hoopla for Middle School

Looking for a great novel for your class to read together? Try one of these eBook titles available for download on Hoopla that are perfect for a middle school reader! Materials on Hoopla are available for simultaneous, instant access - meaning every student in your class could read the same eBook at the same time. Each customer may borrow 10 items a month from Hoopla.
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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Graphic Novel Recommendations for YA Readers

March has been recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month since 1987 when President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation urging Americans to provide individuals with developmental disabilities "the encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential." Developmental disabilities include disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, down syndrome, or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and affect a persons growth and/or cognition. The aim of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is to raise awareness ab

May 29 6:30 p.m.

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Mama Can You Hear Me: Our Cry 2

Invite the family to this stimulating roundtable discussion of today's headlines concerning all ethnicities. Join us as we discuss the acts of symbolism, racism, injustices and more, with Teen Talk: The Youth Perspective and UNMASKED: The Adults Speak. A comparison of life vicariously seen through the eyes of teenagers and adults. Join us as we speak and remember their names.

May 01 10:30 a.m.

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DIA: A Celebration of Diversity

May 01 12:00 p.m.

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Keeping Your Kids Mentally Fit In Today's World

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Irish Coddle for St. Patrick's Day

Flavored with sausage, potatoes and onions, Irish coddle is the perfect stew to serve on St. Patrick’s Day.  

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SC ELA Standard Learning to Read Part 3

Let’s continue to tackle that very important question—how to break a word into syllables. Explore this 2nd grade ELA standard. 

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Paving the Way: Celebrating Women's History Month

Few people are labeled the "first", but Navy Lt. j.g. Madeline G. Swegle is not your average sailor. As of July 31, 2020, she's officially the Navy's first Black female tactical air pilot, marking a significant milestone for naval aviation. Find out more about her and check out these books featuring women in uniform; their stories, achievements and determination.

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40 Inspiring Biographies of Remarkable Women

Biographies and memoirs are raw, real and riveting. We can learn so much about the lives of these strong women from books where human stories intersperse with history, culture and the political climate. Do read and get empowered.
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Dinner Table Talks: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

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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Let's Talk Race: Historical Fiction List Inspired by Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You

“But what some folks want you to be and what you is...well, sometimes they gonna be two different things. But you will always know who is in here. Got me? This is who you are.”--Karyn Parsons, How High the Moon Inspired by Stamped:  Racism, Antiracism and You, these books shed light and humanize history by allowing readers to go beyond dates and facts to get to know the true story.  
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Let's Talk Race: A Fiction List Inspired by Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You

“That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?” ― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give Inspired by Stamped:  Racism, Antiracism and You, these stories give voice to the lives of today's teens and tweens--the challenges they face as well as their triumphs.  
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#OwnVoices: Class Act

New Kid, the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal, is now joined by Jerry Craft’s powerful Class Act.

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Fiction Recommendations for YA Readers

March has been recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month since 1987 when President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation urging Americans to provide individuals with developmental disabilities “The encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.” Developmental disabilities include disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, down syndrome, or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and affect a persons growth and/or cognition. The aim of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is to raise awareness ab
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#Brainbreak: Solar S'mores Oven

This week's #brainbreak is all about solar energy. I know...we are supposed to be taking a break from learning, but I promise it will be fun!

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Read Woke Across America Week

Let’s show out children a world where everyone does not look the same, worship the same, or even think the same—and that this is the beauty of the world. Let’s teach them that in spite of our differences, we’re more alike than different, and learning brings us closer together. Let’s join together and Read WOKE Across America!

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Read Woke Across America Week: Woke Books for Tweens & Teens

Are you looking for a way to #ReadWoke Across America? This booklist will help guide you to finding great books for tweens and teens that challenge the status quo and gives representation to the underrepresented and/or oppressed. Read Woke Across America Week starts the first week of March in honor of Zero Discrimination Day. 
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Read Woke Across America Week: Picture Books

"So many picture books have powerful messages about immigration, racism, and other social justice issues. From English Language Learners to high school students and those with learning disabilities, all can benefit from picture books." -Cicely Lewis (Read Woke creator) Read Woke Across America Week starts the first week of March in honor of Zero Discrimination Day. 
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iRead: Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is an author and poet who grew up in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Inspired by Queen Latifah and the other rappers he listened to in his youth, he began writing poetry at the age of 9. 

In January 2020, Jason Reynolds was named as the Library of Congress’s national ambassador for young people’s literature, a position designed to encourage young people to develop an interest in reading.

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DIY Storytime: A Story About Afiya

DIY Storytimes are curated storytimes that families can share at home with an ebook, songs and activities.  

Children and adults alike will be mesmerized by the sweet story of Afiya and her dress, written by the late Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning Jamaican poet, James Berry, with fresh illustrations by Anna Cunha.

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Wonder Woman 84

A new era of wonder begins.

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Young Adult Romance Novels

Fulfill the "Read a Romance Novel" prompt for this year's Broader Bookshelf challenge with one of these young adult romances!  They're great books for teens and they also have a lot of crossover appeal for adults.  All of the subgenres in adult romance appear in YA romance as well, so you're sure to find something you love here!
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Stamped: Who Were They Really?

The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. Racist ideas are woven into the fabric of this country, and the first step to building an antiracist America is acknowledging America's racist past and present.

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African Americans in Art: Beverly Buchanan

There is much more to Black history than civil rights activists and inventors. This project explores the cultural contributions of African American artist, Beverly Buchanan, and gives you the opportunity to make your own artwork inspired by her! Beverly Buchanan was born in Fuquay, North Carolina, but grew up in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She is best known for her shack structures which explore the Southern vernacular through architecture

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There's Always Room for Dragons in Teen Fiction

Fantasy stories are full of interesting magical creatures, but nothing holds a flame to the fire-breathing behemoths that are dragons. From treasure hoarders to city destroyers to faithful companions and more, check out the young adult books below for stories of fierce and fiery drakes.
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Storytelling: A Gift from the Motherland

Storytelling is an African and African American tradition that dates back to well before the 18th century when Africans were brought to America through the Slave Trade. 

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Stamped: This is Not a History Book

"This is not a history book...." There's so much packed in that one profound statement that Jason Reynolds reiterates at the beginning of Stamped: Antriracism, Racism, and You by Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

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Budgeting and Money Saving Skills For Teens

Financial skills are key to taking control of your destiny. Money you save today could make a lasting difference in the future. Budgeting for personal goals are great habits to build. Adults may not like to admit it, but many of them wish they could turn back time and read up about this! The books listed below offer good advice for saving and budgeting. There are many digital books on money management available for instant checkout over on Hoopla.
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Valentine's Heart Cookie Decorating

Follow this easy, step-by-step guide on how to decorate a Valentine's Heart Cookie with Jacquie Bradley, the Butterkreme Queen. 

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New Teen Romances

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. If you're feeling the love in the air or want something sweet to make your heart melt, swoon over these teen picks below.
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Faxing Online

Faxing can be done online or through a smart device!