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Beat the Heat - Winter Books for Summer Reading

For some people, a "beach read" is likely to be a book about people having fun in the sun - splashing in the waves, vacationing by the pool, sizzling on the beach.  Not me.  I am hot enough already, and by the time July comes around I am tired of being hot.  I want to read about snow!  I want hats and scarves and murder on the slopes!  I want ice floes and frostbite and all the avalanches you can give me.  Cool me down!  These books are all set in the cold - maybe they'll help you beat the heat.
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Make Every Day a Mandela Day: Children's, Middle Grade, and Young Adult Books That Take Action and Inspire Change

International Nelson Mandela Day is July 18th and celebrates Mandela's legacy as a  human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.  The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the U.N ask that you spend 67 minutes of your time helping others in honor of Nelson Mandela 67 years of public services.
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Japan 2021 for Olympics 2020

We now get to see Japan, her culture and history after seeing China and Korea present their cultures in previous Olympic Games.  What do you want to learn about first, anime, manga, the language, the food, and the places they all come together in?  Looking for more, and in different formats? Check out our personalized recommendations here or call us at 799-9084.
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The Grilled Peaches You Didn't Know You Needed

This grilled peach with strawberry goat cheese recipe combines the sweetness of peak season peaches with the tanginess of goat cheese blended with strawberries.  Topped with toasted walnuts and honey, this quick low-fat dessert is a great finish to a summer meal. 

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Tokyo Olympics 2020

Tokyo Olympics 2020 games are about to begin!  The trials for the USA team members are going on now.  You can pick and choose which parts of the games you watch, the gymnastics, track and field, soccer, equestrian, or one of the new sports like surfing.  Looking for more? Check out our personalized recommendations here or call us at 799-9084.
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Texting via Haikus

Let's explore Kwame Alexander's usage of Haikus to depict text messages in the novel in verse The Crossover.

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Civic Engagement is Civic Power

Are you interested in being more involved in your community? Find out why it's important to be civically engaged and more!

Sep 19 3:00 p.m.

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How the Heck Do I Buy a Used Car?

Thinking about buying a new car but intimidated by the process? Scared you’ll buy a lemon or end up paying too much? This class will empower you with advice and information and take the scary and unknown bits out of the car buying process.

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In Remembrance of Bastille Day

In honor of Bastille Day, a French holiday, check out some of these fiction, non-fiction, and DVD selections to further your understanding of this very chilling and bloody period in French history. 
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#OwnVoices: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

This 2014 John Newbery Medal Winner and Coretta Scott King Honor title poetically and rhythmically tells the story of twelve-year-old Josh Bell, also known affectionately as Filthy McNasty, who is a star on his school's basketball team.

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A Soft Lesson to Learn: Teaching Soft Skills

As employers continue to lament the soft-skills deficiencies they see in new hires, more attention is being paid to making these skills part of the educational curriculum.

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The Crossover: Sports Fiction

I did not play sports.  I was a theatre kid and a book kid all the way.  But I have an appreciation for sports, for athleticism and teamwork. 

So I reached out to my friends and colleagues who did play sports to find out what I missed.

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SC Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2021-2022

"Since 1976 when sixteen schools participated, the South Carolina Book Award program created by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians has expanded to include almost 64,000 participating students.
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Garden to Table: Summer Solstice Recipes

Summer has arrived! Join us as we use common produce that can be found in WLTX’s Gandy’s Garden, and in any supermarket or your own garden. We created some easy, flavorful dishes in our Northeast Teaching Kitchen using ingredients that signal summer is here! We hope you have fun making these dishes at home!  

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#OwnVoices Teen Fantasy

Looking for something other than the norm for fantasy? There may still be monsters, but they look and act a little different in these diverse titles. Whether it’s a demon king who hungers for souls, or specters who prey on the essence of endangered magical creatures, each title is unique in its own way. So look no further than these titles if you are looking for a fantasy with a fair share of things that go bump in the night.
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#OwnVoices: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Take a journey with Bree Matthews, in this OwnVoices read, as she struggles with life after her mother's death, and prepares to embark on a journey at the University of North Carolina in their Early College program--a journey that will alter how she views the world and herself.

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YA and Middle Grade Reads for Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. The books recommend below showcase the continued fight for freedom.
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YA and Middle Grade Reads for Caribbean Heritage Month

Caribbean Heritage Month celebrates and honors the achievements and contributions of Caribbean immigrants and their descendants living in the United States, particularly in government, sports, entertainment, and the arts. Caribbean Heritage Month was first  officially  observed on June 5th 2006. The following recommended titles are all from OnwVoice authors. 
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Masculinity In Teen Literature

What makes someone a man? Is it just a matter of growing up physically and socially, or is it also a state of mind and spirit? The stories below show characters questioning, exploring, confronting, and affirming masculinity, ranging from maturity to toxicity.
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Get Outdoors: Learn More About Plants

Time to get outside and go on an adventure! Here are a list of books to help you explore your surroundings. Learn more about plants and even go on a foraging trip!
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Celebrate Loving Day for Tweens & Teens

Celebrate Loving Day by checking out novels featuring stories of biracial teens & tweens or interracial first love. "The “Loving” in Loving Day is actually the last name of Mildred and Richard Loving. The Loving Day Story begins when they were arrested for being married in 1958 because they were an interracial couple living in Virginia.
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Celebrate Loving Day in Media

Celebrate Loving Day by checking out or streaming a favorite film or TV show featuring an interracial love story. "The “Loving” in Loving Day is actually the last name of Mildred and Richard Loving. The Loving Day Story begins when they were arrested for being married in 1958 because they were an interracial couple living in Virginia.
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SC Junior Book Award Nominees 2021-2022

"Since 1976 when sixteen schools participated, the South Carolina Book Award program created by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians has expanded to include almost 64,000 participating students.
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SC Children's Book Award Nominees 2021-2022

"Since 1976 when sixteen schools participated, the South Carolina Book Award program created by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians has expanded to include almost 64,000 participating students.
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Middle Grade books #ToImmigrantsWithLove

Immigrant Heritage Month is a time to reflect and honor the contributions that immigrants have made to our communities across the country and their integral role in the American story.  
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Young Adult books #ToImmigrantsWithLove

Immigrant Heritage Month is a time to reflect and honor the contributions that immigrants have made to our communities across the country and their integral role in the American story.    
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What is an Informational Interview, and is it Important?

The Informational Interview...arguably the most underused yet most important part of your networking and ultimately finding a career you love. Informational Interviews are a fundamental part of building your network. Learn the steps to a successful informational interview from identifying who to interview, to preparing what to ask, to how to follow up after the interview.  

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Romantic Beach Reads

Fall in love this summer!  Enjoy this list of Romantic fiction that's great for your Beach getaway!❤️🤟💕
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Historical Beach Reads

Get lost this summer, and travel back in time!  Enjoy this list of Historical fiction that's great for your Beach getaway! 🌊⛵🏖️
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#OwnVoices: Say Her Name

In this YA non-fiction, Elliot graced us with a beautiful collection of poetry that showcased the intersectionality of being black and a woman.

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I Like Big Books And I Cannot Lie: Teen Fiction Edition

There's something satisfying about cracking open a huge block of pages. The story will have time to breathe and you'll get to know the characters really well. Bonus: this year's Summer Learning Challenge recommends counting reading time in 30-minute chunks. What better way to add lots of reading time than spending it in one massive story? The books below all offer over 500 pages for your long-term reading experience, including print, ebook, and audiobook options.
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Making Summer Count

Avoid the Summer Slide with a summer full of reading and learning thanks to expert book suggestions, the Summer Learning Challenge and, of course, school reading lists. 

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¡Que Rico!: Stuffed Honduran Pastelitos

Bring the rich flavors of our community to life in your kitchen! Try our Stuffed Honduran Pastelitos—inspired by a recipe from one of our ¡Que Rico!: Community Cookbook contributors, Karin Cantarero.

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Games, Gamers, Gaming: Nonfiction Works About Games and the People Who Love Them

If you're like me, you grew up surrounded by video gaming, which led to a lifelong passion for interactive experiences. This collection of works are all about games, and the people like us who love them dearly. From narrative nonfiction about arguably the most influential game of the 1990s, to a deep dive on the culture of contemporary game design, these picks will surely satisfy any gamer (or nongamer's) curiosity.
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Manga About Creating Manga

Feeling meta? Manga stories about making manga can take you deeper into an artist's life, showing how masters of the craft became creative titans. They can also comment on the comics industry, winking at titles and tropes that fans recognize. These manga tend to be a bit of both, sharing the highs and lows of the illustrated life.
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Chiller-Thriller Reads to Beat the Heat

Ready to enjoy some of the heat of the Summer, with a hint of fun? Check out these riveting and thrilling books that are guarantee to take you on a ride. Enjoy!🤪
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Vikings and Norse Mythology For Teens

Stories featuring vikings and Norse mythology usually feature epic battles, magic runes, and trickster gods. Forget horned helmets and Avengers, these books spin new tales from history and folklore of long ago.
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YA and Middle Grade Reads to Celebrate National Foster Care Month

National Foster Care Month has been observed during the Month of May in the United States since 1988 when President Ronald Reagan recognized  May as a month to show appreciation and gratitude to foster parents across the nation. The purpose of National Foster Care Month continues to evolve based on the needs of the time. For example, in 2019, the theme for National Foster Care Month was "Foster Care as a Support to Families, not a Substitute for Parents."
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Dance Columbia!

When Disco Was King!

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Being Vietnamese-American

For Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, representation matters in our books.

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Where to Start Your Anime Journey

Anime can be an overwhelming medium, especially for someone new. This collection of anime movies are a great starting point to begin your exploration of the medium. Works range from family friendly works by Hayao Miyazaki to the deep and psychological works of the late Satoshi Kon. Whichever you choose, you're bound to find a new world in anime.
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Read All About It: Asian & Asian American Biographies for Children

Celebrate the amazing accomplishments and stories of Asians and Asian Americans of yesterday and today, by reading the wonderful and powerful titles 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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Movies for Workers' Day

The first day of May has been celebrated as International Workers' Day since 1889 when labor activists were demonstrating and organizing for the eight-hour-day.  The following list is made up of dramatic features, documentaries, and educational series on the labor movement, unionizing, leftist political activism, economic inequality, and working conditions. Mostly focused on American culture and history, it nontheless includes films set around the globe, helping to illustrate the shared struggles of workers everywhere. 
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Celebrating National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, and although it may strike you as something that was only recently adopted, it has actually been observed since 1956.

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AiR Presents: Local Artist Directory!

Let’s give our local artists as much of the spotlight we can! With the pandemic and other issues facing our community, I’m elated to share that One Columbia’s artist directory now lives here on Richland Library.com

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Lower Richland Staff Picks

Lower Richland is Richland Library's newest location, located in Hopkins! Here are some staff picks to help get to know us better:
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For Fans of Shadow and Bone

Binge watched your way through Netflix's new number one show Shadow and Bone yet? You can of course pick up Grishaverse creator Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone trilogy or Six of Crows duology to finish the tale.
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An Interview with Spoken Word Artist Tammaka Staley

For this post, I spoke to Tammaka Staley, the library's current Artist-in-Residence, and the tenth AiR at Richland Library. She's a poet, spoken word artist and educator. We discuss her background, her approach to her work, and more.

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Herbal Medicine fiction

As we cultivate our gardens and spruce up the place, why not entertain yourself with some herbal medicinal reads? Fiction, of course! Let's take a break from the dust, dirt, and heat. Time to grab a glass of ice cold lemonade, tea, or infused water and add just a hint of herbal fun to the mix.