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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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Books for Fans of Nic Stone

Acclaimed YA author NIC STONE is inspiring the next generation of social activists with her vivid and painfully timely novels. Her debut Dear Martin—a #1 New York Times bestseller taught in classrooms across the country—and its stunning sequel Dear Justyce, deftly explore themes of oppression, liberation, and race relations in America. Find more information about Nic Stone and her works here!
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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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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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#BrainBreak: Caption Contest

Practice your creativity with a quick caption contest. Get others in on the fun for a friendly competition!

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Altered Bingo: YA edition Booklist

Looking for your next must read? From Classic Categories like Fairy Tale Retellings, myster​ies and books that make you cry, to fun ones like a book with an incredible fight scene, an unreliable narrator and even a space opera.  This list has them all. Have fun linking each title with a Book Bingo Category or filling your own chart with new ones.  Be sure to check out the Altered Bingo: YA Edition Program for teens at Ballentine on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. Click here to register.
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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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Anxiety is overwhelming. These books can help.

Anxiety comes in many forms, all of them personal. Recognizing and describing anxiety is an important step in learning how to manage it. The books below include fictional stories where characters struggle with and confront their anxiety, as well as nonfiction books that deal directly with causes and solutions regarding anxiety.
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Teen Mysteries

Investigate these mysteries for teens to get clued in on how great they are! 
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Book Talk: Dear Martin

Justyce is a Black teen who is ivy school-bound, a good friend, and always tries to do the right thing. Going to a predominately white, upper-class school, however, poses difficulties that lead to Justyce trying to make sense of the injustices that he regularly witnesses.

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Latest YA Horror for Teens

October is here so it's time for some spooky reads! Whether your cup of tea (or pumpkin spice flavored beverage) is horrific hauntings or supernatural scares, this list of YA horror for teens is sure to add a chill to your fall.
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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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Read All About It: Multiracial Families in Middle Grade Novels

“Tell the Court I love my wife, and it is just unfair that I can’t live with her in Virginia.” --Richard Loving In 1967, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of interracial marriage in all 50 states in the case known as Loving v. Virginia.  Our families may look different, may worship differently and may speak a different language.  Check out one these middle grade novels and discover that, no matter our differences, love connects us all.
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New Teen Fantasy From Your Favorite Authors

Red Queen, Legend, The Raven Boys, The Darkest Minds, and more. These titles are YA fan favorites from years past that made us fall in love with unique characters, unforgettable worldbuilding, shocking plot twists, and each writer's way with words. But these authors aren't done yet! There's more up their sleeves as they delve into new worlds and stories in their latest published releases. Make room on your TBR list for these fantasy series from your favorite teen authors!
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Stories You Shouldn't Listen to After Dark!

There is nothing like listening to a good spooky story! Here are some scary and not-so- scary middle grade books to get listeners in the Spooky Spirit. Grab a blanket and get cozy as you listen along to some hair raising tales!
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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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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!

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Explore the 47: A Reflection

How was it visiting all 47 South Carolina state parks? Let me tell you right now! 

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Secret Ingredients ...

Americana literature is made better with stories told from Hispanic perspectives.  Here are some fresh stories for our growth.   Some of these titles are available as ebooks and other formats. You can also get personalized reading recommendations by email.
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🌍World Environmental Health Day [September 26, 2021]🌍

Here is a list to jump-start your dive into learning more about the biosphere you live in, and the ecosystems surrounding you (and also living within you). In addition, for those that are familiar with environmental science, there are additional books to expand your knowledge while possibly making an activist out of you.
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Bisexuality in Teen Fiction

Everyone deserves to see themselves represented in books! That includes teens who identify as bisexual or pansexual. Enjoy these books depicting characters who are attracted to multiple genders. 
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If You Like... Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer is tearing up the manga and anime charts like a force of nature. Below are some more supernatural manga about hunting demons, protecting loved ones, and family life threatened and transformed by horrors. 
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Middle Grade Reads for Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) recognizes the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. Celebrate by checking out these Middle Grade titles. Looking for more great reads to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with? Check out this list or use our Personalized Recommendations form to find your next great read!
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YA Reads for Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) recognizes the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. Celebrate by checking out these teen titles. Looking for more great reads to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Check out this list or use our request  Personalized Recommendations form to find your next great read!
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Talk Like a Pirate Day - September 19th

Ahoy! Get ready to sail the briny deep you landlubbers!   Enjoy this list of Pirate movies to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th.
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Fall and Rise: 9/11, 20 Years On

As the nation prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, consider these titles from our collection to learn more about what happened on that day, both from the perspective of the immediate aftermath and from mor
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Let's Talk Race (as a Family...)

Having "The Talk" can feel daunting.  Whether it's sexuality, staying safe or race--it can be difficult to know where to begin. By talking about these important topics early and often, parents and caregivers can increase the whole family's comfort and skill in conversation, making these discussions part of their family culture.   Richland Library is always here to help with the best books and resources-- whether you're just starting to talk about race or you're ready to deepen your family's knowledge and understanding so that you can take action.  
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Aspiring Female Pilots

✈️Zara Rutherford, a 19-year old Belgian pilot, may become the world's youngest female pilot to fly around the world to date. Currently the title is held by Captain Shaesta Waiz, an Afghan refugee, who completed the trip in 2017 at age 30. Rutherford mentioned a huge reason for doing this flight was to help encourage more girls/young women to go into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)✈️
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Cowboy Bebop's Cinematic Influences

The opening to each episode of Cowboy Bebop contains the text, "They must create new dreams and films by breaking traditional styles. The work, which becomes a new genre itself, will be called Cowboy Bebop." The anime series mixed genres such as westerns, science fiction, martial arts, and blaxploitation to create a unique blend that's still cool to this day. With a live-action adaptation right around the corner, fans might be interested in watching some of the films that directly inspired the anime.
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Must-Read Teen Mysteries

There's no better way to prepare for spooky season than by reading a good mystery. From a secretive town where thirteen girls mysteriously vanish to a weekend camping trip that quickly turns deadly, these mysteries will leave you in suspense until the very end. Check out our newest teen mysteries below! Looking for more? Check out Great Mysteries for Teens!
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Understanding The Great Resignation and Making The Most Of It

Have you heard of The Great Resignation? If you haven't yet, you probably will soon. It's a post-pandemic movement affecting the job market and your ability to find a job. Read more about it here and find out how to make it work for you. 

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Cover to Cover - March: Book One

Diving into "March: Book One," written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

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NPR's 50 Best Sci-fi and Fantasy of the Decade

📚NPR ran a Summer online poll to see what the top 50 Sci-fi and Fantasy reads were for the decade. Their list included multiple book series and some standalone novels.  📚Below you will find all the books in each series. Most of the formats listed are in physical books, but be sure to click on the titles if you prefer another format such as eBook, eAudio, and/or Audiobooks. 📚Find your next adventure! 
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Buttermilk Pecan Ricotta Pancakes

Ricotta cheese and beaten egg whites create a light, fluffy batter that will make you crave breakfast anytime.

Our buttermilk pecan ricotta pancakes combines the flavors of vanilla, nutmeg and lemon to create a delicious breakfast that tastes as good as it looks.

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AiR Presents: Happiness, A Poem.

Happiness is a poem I wrote during the middle part of the pandemic last year to express the joy I did feel and the joy I wanted to create. Despite the job losses and loved ones I lost, I still had things to be grateful for, and I felt it necessary to acknowledge that.

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Navigating through Hurricane Season

Get access to real-time updates and resources at your fingertips - thanks to WLTX, SCEMD and the American Red Cross.

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Teen Sci-Fi Adventures

Vast space, high-tech inventions, missions to far off planets, time travel escapades, alien encounters, and more fill these teen science fiction adventures. 
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Ode to a Mask

In April I wrote a blog post about odes: a lyrical poetic form that celebrates or addresses a person, place or thing. The extra credit challenge was to choose a person, place, thing, or idea that generally doesn't bring joy or admiration and describe the subject in such a way that we all have a new appreciation for it. Recently a friend challenged me to write an ode to masks.

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Dinner Table Talks: The Crossover

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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National Wellness Month: Black Women's Health

August is National Wellness Month⚕️ Here is a list on systemic racism and the history on the battle for control of black women's health throughout the centuries. Also, included are some wellness guides promoting self-care and healing.