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Coming Soon for Teens

This list is regularly updated and shows items that have been ordered and will soon be available for checkout.

Oct 13 6:00 p.m.

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Richland Library North Main

Understanding Expungement

Under SC law, you can apply to have certain South Carolina arrests, charges, or convictions placed under seal so they are no longer public record. Once they are sealed, these records can only be used for limited law enforcement purposes and otherwise can only be disclosed by court order. As we continue to Honor A Year of Black History join representatives from the Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office to answer your concerns.

Aug 01 5:30 p.m.

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Richland Library St. Andrews

Teen Book Battle Practice

Meet up with your Book Battle teammates and test your knowledge with book trivia to bring home the Gold! Registered participants only. Please visit a participating library location to fill out a Book Battle registration form. Teen Book Battle is for rising 8th – 12th graders.

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Jul 26 5:30 p.m.

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Richland Library St. Andrews

Teen Book Battle Practice

Meet up with your Book Battle teammates and test your knowledge with book trivia to bring home the Gold! Registered participants only. Please visit a participating library location to fill out a Book Battle registration form. Teen Book Battle is for rising 8th – 12th graders.

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Jul 19 5:30 p.m.

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Richland Library St. Andrews

Teen Book Battle Practice

Meet up with your Book Battle teammates and test your knowledge with book trivia to bring home the Gold! Registered participants only. Please visit a participating library location to fill out a Book Battle registration form. Teen Book Battle is for rising 8th – 12th graders.

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Jul 14 5:30 p.m.

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Richland Library St. Andrews

Teen Book Battle Practice

Meet up with your Book Battle teammates and test your knowledge with book trivia to bring home the Gold! Registered participants only. Please visit a participating library location to fill out a Book Battle registration form. Teen Book Battle is for rising 8th – 12th graders.

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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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#BroaderBookshelf 2022 - Non-Celebrity Memoirs about Professions

The #BroaderBookshelf challenge helps expand your reading habits to discover authors, genres and books you might not otherwise pick up. Check out one of these memoirs by somebody who isn't a celebrity that focus on the working life. More #BroaderBookshelf booklists can be found here. Get personalized recommendations 
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Reading About Kaiju In June For #Kaijune

Kaijune is a month-long online event for artists. The name comes from a word for large monsters, "kaiju," and the month of June. Every month is a good one to read about kaiju. The list below includes plenty of graphic novels (and a couple of prose books) full of kaiju.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2022 - Non-Celebrity Memoirs with Animals

The #BroaderBookshelf challenge helps expand your reading habits to discover authors, genres and books you might not otherwise pick up. Check out one of these memoirs by somebody who isn't a celebrity - but who does have something to do with animals!  Hawks, sheep, pigs, dogs (so many dogs) - even the occasional royal raven.
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Afrofuturism and Africanfuturism

Early late at night I wander off into a land You can go, but you mustn't tell a soul There's a world inside Where dreamers meet each other Once you go it's hard to come back Let me paint your canvas as you dance  
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LGBTQ+ Graphic Novels and Manga

Graphic novels and manga aren't exclusively for children and they aren't just for straight people either! Here's some excellent titles depicting the diversity in the LGBTQ+ community. 
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Awakened Myths for Teens

Witches, demons & aliens galore. From Dragons to stars and everything in between. This book list has a little bit of everything. 
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Jams to Go for Teen

From K-Pop to Hip-Hop, turn up the volume and tune in to one of these great reads.
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Funky Hair, Don't Care

With hair this fabulous, what's a bad hair day?  Rebel styles and adorned weaves aplenty!
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#Stranded

Isolated? Cut off” Left behind? Let one of these books come to your rescue.
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YA Books Packed with Pride

Join the journey as these characters learn, discover and grow as their true selves.
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All Camped Out

Grab your sleeping bag, sunscreen, and bug spray- we're heading to summer camp! Smores are optional. 
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Highly Anticipated Teen Reads for June

There’s always room left on your TBR list! From romances and mysteries to sci-fi and fantasy, there’s something for every reader to look forward to this Summer. Here are some of the most anticipated young adult books to watch out for in June. Reserve any of these titles today by placing a hold with your library card!
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Celebrating Every Body: Teen Body Positivity & Self Image

Body positivity encourages us to challenge how society views the body and promotes the acceptance of all bodies regardless of weight, complexion, skin texture, height, and disability. These teen titles invite us to embrace everything that makes us different and unique.
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LGBTQ+ Sci-Fi Books for Teens

This Pride Month, are you looking for LGBTQ+ teen books with superheroes, aliens, space travel, and other science fiction elements? Check out these titles! For more, take a look at our personalized recommendations form or give us a call at 803.929.3470.
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LGBTQ+ Fantasy Books for Teens

This Pride Month, are you looking for LGBTQ+ teen books with witches, dragons, magic, and other fantasy elements? Check out these titles! For more, take a look at our personalized recommendations form or give us a call at 803.929.3470.
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Teen Books for Celebrating Pride Month

Great news: June is LGBTQIA+ month! Better news: queer representation in young adult literature flourishes year round. From gay time travel romance to LGBTQ+ history, queer representation can take many forms so there's something for everyone in the rainbow. Reading's a great way to feel affirmed in your identity. There's nothing so magical as seeing yourself represented in media. 
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Richland Library Ballentine

Can YOU Identify Poison Ivy? (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of this series. Are you confident that you can identify poison ivy when you see it? Play along with this guessing game to learn about several native plants - and which ones are poison ivy!

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Read with Pride

Celebrate your PRIDE with these fresh and fun LBGT+ titles for teens and adults. Don't forget to check out these movies coming to theaters next month: "No Ordinary Man"(July 16) tells the story of transgender jazz musician Billy Tipton from directors Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt and "Nope"(July 22), Jordan Peele's latest horror starring LGBT+ actors Keke Palmer and Barbie Ferrerira.
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Light Novels in the Library (2022 Update)

It has been over a year since the library's light novel collection became its own official category. The light novel list from 2021 still has many gateways. A new wave of titles is here, with plenty of adaptations, side stories, and reincarnations into a new life.
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Resources on Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is abuse or aggression that occurs in a romantic relationship. “Intimate partner” refers to both current and former spouses and dating partners. IPV can vary in how often it happens and how severe it is. It can range from one episode of violence that could have lasting impact to chronic and severe episodes over multiple years. IPV can include any of the following types of behavior:
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South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2022-2023

The South Carolina Young Adult Book Award is granted annually by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL).  The nominees represent quality contemporary literature for high schoolers, selected by students, parents, teachers, and librarians.  Below are the 2022-2023 nominees in print, audio, and ebook formats.
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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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A Tale to Tell Thru Time: BIPOC Oral Literature

Most people's first experience with oral literature or folk literature was most likely a lullaby, nursery rhyme or an urban legend. Oral literature is handed down orally through the word of mouth from one generation to another and serves to communicate ideas,  knowledge, cultural practices, emotions, beliefs, and the appreciation of life. Oral literature much like oral tradition is preserved by speaking, listening, and remembering.  The following booklist highlights African, African American, and indigenous people oral literature.  
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2021 Stoker Awards

The 2021 Bram Stoker Awards were announced this weekend at the Horror Writers of America annual convention, StokerCon.  This award features a variety of categories of works of horror and dark fiction; any of the book nominees below would fulfill the Broader Bookshelf 2022 challenge prompt to "read a horror book"!  The winners are: Superior Achievement in a Novel - My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
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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 16, 17, 18

The transition of the late teen years can be both joyful and confusing. Reading about someone like yourself or escaping into someone else’s shoes are both great ways to learn about the world around you. Check out some of our favorite reads for older teens in the list below.  Happy exploring!
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Great Books for Ages 13, 14, 15

Looking for some great fiction for younger teens and don’t know where to start? Check out the list below for an overview of some of our favorites. With mysteries, romances, fantasies, nonfiction, and more there’s something for every reader! 
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Richland Library Ballentine

Can YOU Identify Poison Ivy? (Part 1)

Are you confident that you can identify poison ivy when you see it? Play along with this guessing game to learn about several native plants - and which ones are poison ivy!

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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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Feel-Good LGBTQ+ Teen Fiction

Looking for some lighthearted LGBTQ+ teen reads? Check these titles out! For more, take a look at our personalized recommendations form or give us a call at 803.929.3470.
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Highly Anticipated Teen Reads for May

There’s always room left on your TBR list! From romances and mysteries to sci-fi and fantasy, there’s something for every reader to look forward to this Spring. Here are some of the most anticipated young adult books to watch out for in May. Reserve any of these titles today by placing a hold with your library card!
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Richland Library Main

On the Streets Where We Live

If you’ve ever walked or biked around downtown Columbia, you’ve probably encountered impatience from drivers waiting for you to clear a crosswalk or pedal through an intersection.  The unspoken assumption in this scenario is that streets are primarily for cars, and any other uses take a back seat (so to speak) to this imperative.

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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. 

Jul 21 10:00 a.m.

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Richland Library North Main

Tween Art Club

This club is for Middle School students of all skill levels who are interested in art. We will sketch, paint, build and more! Each month we will work with different art mediums, learn different art making techniques and explore concepts and skills through different projects. 
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Teen Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

A recent study from the CDC found that 37.1% of teenage students experienced poor mental health during the pandemic, often due to issues such as “school closures, social isolation, family economic hardship, family loss or illness, and reduced access to health care.” However, the report also found that “poor mental health, persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors were less prevalent among those who felt close to persons at school and were virtually connected with others during the pandemic.”
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Arbor Day Reads

National Arbor Day is observed annually on the last Friday in April (4/29 this year), although South Carolina marks its own Arbor Day on the first Friday in December, since saplings planted at that time of year will have a better chance of becoming established before the brutal heat of summer arrives.
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World War II in Teen Fiction

One of the most common requests the Teen Center receives is World War II fiction. Spanning seven years from 1939 to 1945, World War II involved more than thirty countries and is considered one of the deadliest wars in history. It is no surprise that there are many inspiring and heartbreaking stories of bravery and resilience from all over the world. The authors featured below have used the power of historical fiction to capture these stories. Check them out!